Here’s an idea for a museum/gallery style art installation that I had last year. Hopefully the drawings and explanations are clear enough, if not feel free to ask me anything about it that you want to.
The basic idea for this came from the thought that there are a handful of records* that have sold millions upon millions of copies. Presumably, most of those LPs were pressed from the same masters. Which means, not only are the songs on the LPs the very same, but the lock-groove at the end of each side should also be the same. We’re all very familiar with songs like “Take It To the Limit” because of their cultural infestation, but 29 million of us also bought the album and presumably played it at home. In my mind, the likelihood that many millions of us at one time or another (or many times) let the album sides play out to the lock groove before we either stopped, or flipped the album, is very high. Which means that, while we shared the collective experience of listening to The Eagles Greatest Hits, we also shared the collective experience of listening to the lock groove at the end of The Eagles Greatest Hits. It also seems unlikely to me that many of us could recall the sound of the groove, or identify the rhythm of the groove if we were to hear it.
With that in mind, I thought it would be fun and interesting to build this installation which focusses on the “throwaway” part of these albums that millions of us are very familiar with. By forcing the user to center in on the rhythm of the groove, allowing the user to interact with those rhythms (or a combination thereof) we experience our own lives and memories in an entirely new way that can neither be precisely remembered or recreated. Much like our current, more visceral, everyday experiences with the music pressed on these same LPs.
*this experiment requires vinyl LPs and the most popular albums that were sold in that format. Assuming that these LPs (and the recent surge in vinyl popularity) will stand the test of time, this experience can go on indefinitely. If the popularity of this format fades (again), or these particular albums wane in popularity, then the people on which this experiment will reach it’s full potential will mostly be dead soon.
jesus, this is brilliant