Intermedia Art

New Media, Sound and Performance

The Sounds of Christmas  10 – 22 December 2004

Christian Marclay

The Sounds of Christmas
Video still from live performance © Tate 2004

The Sounds of Christmas is an annual project by Christian Marclay, pioneer of the experimental turntable movement and leading artist operating at the intersections of art and music

Download, play and reuse three samples below from The Sounds of Christmas 2004.

The Sounds of Christmas Sample One - Download MP3 1MBThe Sounds of Christmas Sample Two - Download MP3 2MBThe Sound of Christmas Sample Three - Download MP3 1MB

Reinventing this work-in-progress for London, the artist presents his collection of over 1,200 Christmas records as a publicly accessible archive in a special Thameside pavilion, alongside projections of the record covers and footage of previous performances.

Combining blatant sentimentality with vanguard experimentation, Marclay suggests that the categories distinguishing 'serious' music from its opposite are both arbitrary and arcane.

During the two-week installation, noted DJs created remixes of their own selection from Marclay's Christmas records. These recorded performances created a soundtrack for the space. The three samples above were recorded live during Marclay's performance.

Co-produced with Electra and Supported by Arts Council England