Stephen Cornford

  Surface Soliloquy (2013-14)  








This solo performance uses a blank mastering lacquer - the empty disc onto which a new record is cut before pressing it to vinyl, amplifying and resonating this spinning aluminium platter to produce a strictly limited palette of surface noise and feedback. Beginning from an object which epitomises musical silence, the lacquer is explored for its imperfections, vibrated in search of its resonances and eventually its surface distressed and removed by the same needles that amplify it.

IThis piece has performed at Raum, Bologna; The Lift, Milan; Hideous Porta, London; The Cube, Bristol; ICC, Tokyo; Cafe Oto, London; Cave12, Geneva & Standard Deluxe, Lausanne.