Record Player Orchestra
‘Old Paradise Yard’ 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG London, UK
The Record Player Orchestra is a interactive and performative installation of record players, turntables and bespoke vinyl records. Musical pieces are created by using the specially created record that was mastered at Abbey Road Studios and pressed at the Vinyl Factory.
The current version of this installation has between 10 and 15 record players and turntables so that it can be more mobile. I have been collecting these record players and turntables since I initiated the work in 2013.
There are a number of ways in which the Record Player Orchestra functions but it usually starts with individuals exploring the tracks on both sides of the vinyl record that is placed on all the record players.
From this, some people have wanted to engage with it on their own, going round all the record players, combining different tracks and creating layers of sounds.
As all the tracks are available digitally online (http://soundcloud.com/therecordplayerorchestra), some people have created compositions that they have brought to the Record Player Orchestra to be practiced and played and there have been times when others have submitted a composition by email that could be played when there are enough people gathered to play it.