Record Release (7-inch)

(2014 – in progress)

Connected pages: RR 7-inch (21C), RR 7-inch (Avatar), RR 7-inch (Imprévu), RR 7-inch (Kunstradio), RR 7-inch (Sillons), RR 7-inch (Silo City), RR 7-inch (Sweet Gongs Vibrating).

Related projects: Record Release 12-inch (2012 – )Record Release 0-inch (1995).

7 different publications are planned, the series of 7 will each include 77 grooveless 7-inch opaque white vinyl records (pictured here). Each publication will include photo and text documentation plus details on how to download the connected audio files.

Each hand holds the equivalent in weight of one side of a 7-inch record, often dubbed a single. In this piece, opaque white vinyl pellets equivalent in weight to a 7-inch record (50 grams = approx. 1900 pellets) are released in situ. Each time I record the ambient sound, after which I use the accumulated audio clips to assemble an audio portrait of the site which is then (metaphorically) pressed on a 7-inch record.

Normally, a record release celebrates the culmination of a recording project. Like a book launch, it marks the moment where a work leaves the artist’s hands and seeks an audience. Record Release is a project that reverses that process and includes the act of releasing as part of the recording process itself. Record Release involves using the raw material used to manufacture vinyl records which comes in small pellets. These lentil-sized bits of petroleum product come in this form because they are easily transportable and manipulable before they get melted and stamped with grooves of sound. This is a sound project which focuses on one of the standard physical support materials of sound and utilizes these tiny units of potential sound in a gestural manner to produce not only audio material but also images, video content and a slew of data related to the process of dissemination involved.

Recording log
• April 12, 2014
Times Square (Max Neuhaus)
• April 14, 2014
Harvard Square (Cage’s 4’33”)
• May 25, 2014
Bruce Peninsula
• July 11, 2014
La Scala (bathroom), Milan
• July 12, 2014
Prada Foundation, Venice (Art or Sound exhibition)
• August 26, 2014
Silo City, Buffalo
• October 18, 2014
Huronia Regional Center (bathtub)
• September 27, 2014
Tote, Melbourne (on stage)
• December 17, 2014
Teatro Colon (bathroom)
• December 21, 2014
Carlos Gardel monument
• December 26, 2014
Recoleta cemetery (crypt vent)
• June 1-5, 2015
Avatar, Québec City (recording)
• July 16-17, 2015
kunstradio, Vienna (recording)

Presentations
• June 9, 2015
Suoni per il Popolo, Montreal
• June 12-14, 2015
Silo City, Buffalo
• September 5, 2015
INTERsection, Toronto
• September 27, 2015
Kunstradio, Vienna
• November 21, 2015
Tuning Speculation III, Toronto

Exhibitions
• Nov. 26, 2016 – Jan. 14, 2017
Press Play, solo at Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto
• Oct. 27 – Nov. 10, 2016
a line has two sides, group at Artlab, London, Ontario
• Mar. 26 – May 28, 2016
Sweet Gongs Vibrating, group at San Diego Art Institute, San Diego

Publications
• 2018 – vol. 7
Seven – squint.press 00w-7
• 2017 – vol. 6
Power Plant – squint.press 00w-6
• 2017 – vol. 5
Scratch – squint.press 00w-5
• 2017 – vol. 4
Huronia – squint.press 00w-4
• 2016 – vol. 3
Kunstradiosquint.press 00w-3
• 2016 – vol. 2
Avatarsquint.press 00w-2
• 2016 – vol. 1
Silo Citysquint.press 00w-1

Project Partners
Avatar
Kunstradio
null point
The Power Plant

Funder
• Toronto Arts Council

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