Record Without A Cover. Christian MARCLAY.
Record Without A Cover.
Record Without A Cover.
Record Without A Cover.
Record Without A Cover.

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Record Without A Cover.

Tokyo: Locus Solus, 1999. 12" single-sided LP pressed on white vinyl. Second edition ("first released on standard vinyl in 1985 by Recycled Records, New York City"). Typography by Janene Higgins. Recorded in New York City on a 4-track machine.

The record, like the original 1985 pressing, was issued without any protective packaging so that any wear and tear that accrued transformed the sound of each copy. Marclay stated that "Record Without A Cover was about allowing the medium to come through, making a record that was not a document of a performance but a record that could change with time, and would be different from one copy to the next", and cited Michael Snow's film 'Wavelength' as another piece in which the audience moves "between being fooled and being aware of the illusion."

The record begins with several minutes of silence, other than clicks and pops, followed gradually by drums and bells, then various sound effects and samples of music, including Duke Ellington, eventually melding into a kind of musique concrète melange. In 1998 The Wire included the album in its list of "100 Records That Set the World on Fire". This copy does click and pop, partly due to the white vinyl, but clearly has the potential to evolve further.

Together with: a folded leaflet announcing The LP Show, an exhibition of innovative album covers organised by Exit Art in NYC in 2001 that featured installation artists Christian Marclay, DJ Spooky, Thurston Moore, and John Zorn. 29.8x29.8cm. (unfolded). Designed by Papo Colo, with graphics by Eugene Kravtsov. Fine.

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