Friday, April 8
Christian Marclay - Records (1981-1989)
"Records 1981-1989 is a fascinating collection of Marclay's work during the 1980s, the results of hours of home recordings -- using up to eight turntables and various other instruments of his own making -- plus many live performances (one track comes from a nationally televised appearance on the David Sanborn/Hal Willner program Night Music). Marclay did much more than just scratching and sampling for these tracks -- 'One Thousand Cycles' uses an increasing variety of repeated samples and clicks to create a complex rhythm of its own, while 'Pandora's Box' varies the speed on its array of plunderphonics. (Though the latter sounds like an easy contemporary of late-'90s major-label turntablist LPs, it was originally released on a 1984 avant-indie compilation from Sweden that also featured Sonic Youth and Live Skull.)"
YouTube: Pandora's Box, Groove, Dust Breeding, Smoker, Neutral, His Master's Voice (excerpt), Black Stucco, Phonodrum, Jukebox Capriccio, Brown Rain
2008 September: Christian Marclay, 2010 July: Christian Marclay Festival, 2010 October: Night Music, 2011 March: Christian Marclay - Part I: Race to ‘The Clock’, 2011 July: Christian Marclay's Video Quartet, 2011 August: Cyanotype, 2012 July: Fred Frith at Cafe Oto, with Christian Marclay, John Edwards, and Mark Sanders, 2013 October: Record Player: Christian Marclay (2000), 2013 December: Telephones (1995), 2014 March: "Chalkboard" (2010), 2015 October: Scratching DJs.