A HMV 102 portable gramophone from 1931 playing Blind Willie Johnson’s “Lord I just can’t keep from crying”, from a Columbia 10inch recorded on December 05.1928 in Dallas, Tx
I wrote a string quartet based on binairy code, to be performed by four mechanical-acoustic gramophones. Individual voices, played and recorded by myself using a treble-, alto- and tenor-viol as well as a da gamba, where cut in 32 fragments onto four 78RPM dubplates to be played back ad lib, creating a constantly changing stream of strings. The concept for Untitled String Quartet is based on an unfinished oratorio for phonographs, gramophones and live processing I’d been working on between 2006 and ‘08. During the performance on the GRMs classic Acousmonium, a 30-channel setup for this occasion, I have sent the gramophones through a computer for spectral processing, this signal was then mixed with the acoustic strings again and diffused in the space.
Here is a short excerpt from the unprocessed gramophone quartet, played back on four HMV 102 portables.
The photo was taken during the ‘meet-the-instruments’ workshop on Sunday, November 13.
From my collection, two favourite sides by the great Kelly Harrell from a Victor Scroll 10″, recorded on June 10. and 9. 1926