[microsound-announce] New podcast: MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Ed Veenstra. Part II

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*New podcast: MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Ed Veenstra. Part II*

Link: http://bit.ly/JkfdCi
Related info: http://bit.ly/K5aG9q
MP3: http://bit.ly/JNcQuI

*A musical selection of some of the secret jewels found in Ed Veenstra’s
record collection, specialised in Broken Music: records and paramusical
works produced by visual artists and other avant-garde creators. *

In the early sixties Milan Knížák began experimenting with vinyl records by
scratching, painting, burning or even breaking them. These fierce
treatments affected not only radically the original compositions but also
expanded the function of the records themselves. Because it was almost
impossible to transfer the distorted sounds to standard sheet music, Knížák
considered the records with all their cuts, paint, punched holes, glue and
scratches a new form of musical notation. Additionally the records became
art objects.

On February 18, 1988, Daadgalerie in Berlin opened its doors for Broken
Music. The exhibition, curated by Ursula Block and Michael Glasmeier,
featured objects, sleeves, and installations by visual artists with records
as main source. Many of the exhibited works featured sound by visual
artists. The exhibition catalogue containing theory, a historical overview
and an extensive and illustrated discography is still influential and an
asset for anyone interested in visual artists working with records as
medium and/or sound.

More than twenty years after the exhibition and the never reprinted
catalogue the term Broken Music managed to survive as a genre although its
definition seems to have narrowed down to just sound by visual artists.
This audio-selection is mainly focused on visual artists for whom sound is
an extension or component of their visual work. Some of the records you are
about to hear were chosen because they are extraordinary rare. Some are
here because they are. *Ed Veenstra, 2011*

+ info:
Conversation with Ed Veenstra (PDF):
MP3 of his lecture:

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