These are a series of handmade records which are either bits of paper or bits of Perspex stuck on them to create really basic rhythms. The work starts at very different places. So sometimes it might start with an object, sometimes it might start with a sound or a way of making a sound. Sometimes it might start with an idea of a point of interest in something sociological or cultural. Carl Cox, a famous DJ from the 90s, still probably quite famous, there’s a picture of him there. Let’s turn this on. It’s an ongoing composition that unfolds. Be careful with the little strip there because it’s quite fragile.
This one is called work for an Work for an Art Fair. I had these crates sitting around and I thought I might use it for shipping work, but this is a sculpture in itself.
The piece at the Tate, the initial thing with that work was the drummers. This was filmed during a wedding, so this performative ceremony’s taking place, but the backdrop to this are these drummers. I’ve edited each drummer into very short loops, but then they form their own patterns which change because the monitors turn on and off. Then I was interested in adding other sonic elements to make it into some kind of composition. The speech was more about taking something quite specific and reducing it back just to sonic material. It’s hard to understand what that guy’s saying, but it’s irrelevant what he’s saying. The speech itself is more about convincing people of something.
So the record player part is a simple principle of taking a current technology, an energy saving light bulb and putting it next to an outmoded technology, a transistor radio. Because you can create this noise with physical proximity you can create various types of rhythm, by either turning the light bulb on or off or making the radio pass by it, so that becomes a layer of sound in the composition. So the three elements together form one acoustic composition.
I think one of the main things that I’m probably interested in now is different types of wave forms, different types of way we perceive the world and specifically light waves and sound waves, what happens when there’s a synthesis between them, is that a third form of perception or is that a dual form of perception? And so I explore that on a very abstract level. Is it time for a sip of my tea?