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Artist: CARY, TRISTRAM
Title: Trios for Synthi VCS3 Synthesizer and Turntables
Format: LP
Label: Artkillart
Country: France
Price: $24.00
"Performed by Vincent Epplay and Samon Takahashi. "Composed in 1971. First performed at the Cheltenham Festival, 1971, the composer taking the VCS3 part and Messrs John and Robert Cary (the composers sons) the turntables parts. Trios associates improvisation within a set of defined paramaters. Trios was played for the first time in France since its creation, at the occasion of the Sonorité Festival in Montpellier, September 2006. This record includes a notebook of 4 b/w pages with original score notes, instructions for playing, 16 VCS3 patches, and two 33RPM records on which 2x16 sound events are recorded. About the composer: Tristram Cary (1925-2008) was a pioneering English electronic composer. With Peter Zinovieff and David Cockerell he founded Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd which created the first portable synthesizer, the VCS3 (1969) and was then involved in production of such distinctive EMS products. About the performers: Vincent Epplay is a visual and sound artist who also composed music for films. His main purpose is to create situations for listening by staging sound and interrogating its mode of distribution and reception. Samon Takahashi is a visual and sound artist based in Paris, France. His practice is devoted to visual art, sound art and music. His work is so-called transdisciplinary using all types of media. His main interests or obsessions concern language, means of communication, pseudo science, architecture, isolated landscapes and classification. There is not a clear style that links his different works but a methodology, a sort of empirical logic, a common skeleton. Numbered edition of 500 copies." -Artkillart

Artist: LEGUAY, YANN
Title: Cutter Off/Discsection
Format: LP
Label: Artkillart
Country: France
Price: $40.00
"Cutter Off / Discsection is a noise dissection of a vinyl record. In anatomy, a dissection consists of opening up a body according to a predefined protocol. In geometry, a dissection problem involves cutting up a figure to rearrange the pieces into another given figure. A progressive mix began on a blank disc, using surgical material connected to a contact microphone. Handmade embossing cover. Handmade dissection of each record on the side A. Every piece is unique." - Artkillart.

Artist: SELLAM, MICHAEL
Title: Scratch
Format: 12"
Label: Artkillart
Country: France
Price: $26.00
One-sided release. "Scratch is a sound installation for which the fastest industrial robot in the world has been modified to scratch the surface of a vinyl record placed on a table. The monster machine, capable of manipulating up to 240 pieces per minute is equipped with a reading head specialized for amplifying the sound that is produced by the frenetic attacks of the metal on the record. The dynamic force of the robots arms is impossible to follow with the naked eye. The varied and surgically precise positions and accelerations are orchestrated by a computer program specially designed for the project. The raw noise is massively distributed in the exhibition space until the moment when the robot detaches itself from the surface of the vinyl to prepare for a new cycle by practicing a series of extremely fast, circular warmup movements. Pausing only momentarily to allow for a space for silence, the sonic residue of the hypnotic hyperactivity of the robot quickly fills the space again. The heavy pressure caused by the movements of the metallic point on the surface of the record produce a series of erosion lines and remove some surface material along these markings. The mutations and transformations of these objects are direct and unique results from the work sequence, raw traces of the performance. The choice of the record remains free and arbitrary and like a sportsman at the end of his career, it is not replaced until it reaches its rupture point, its saturation. Scratch is a sonic composition of 7min 22sec in duration, made up of recordings of the activity of the robot on vinyl records and their reading on a regular record player. The two sonic states of a same object creates a third state." - Artkillart

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