Photos by Kathryn Campbell Dodd
Many thanks to all the visitors to the installation at Punk Bikes in Cardiff last month. Working together to create a musical soviet using a collection of themed vinyl records and found audio equipment, we covered and combined a range of musical genres and created a great deal of red noise!
The images below show a few of the visitors exploring the collection, you can listen to and download the full audio files through the links at the bottom of this post.
Visitors were introduced to the collection of old audio equipment and record players – a Dansette tempo found on the road in Carmarthen; an old Ultra from an attic near Carmarthen; a BSR from a recycling centre in Devon; a vintage Bush from a boot sale near Aberporth – all output into a Yamaha compact cassette 4 track from a distant teenage friend. The 4 track then outputs to a battered Roclab 4 channel mixer (found in a skip in Bristol), along with a Sony PS-212A (given by a friend) and a Pioneer PL-111Z turntable (found on the street) running through a Numark 2 channel mixer (exchanged for a website). An old Sony PS-212 (with its own idea of what 33 or 45 is) and a vintage Technics SL-Q2 took the other channels.
The box of records was selected from a database of over 4000 by searching for the terms Soviet, Russian, and Revolution (and also included some Punk and protest song records). These were available to choose from and to play in any way visitors wished.
Many of the record players had the tone arms tied with bits of wire so they found a loop point, the Sony PS-212A played normally and the Pioneer PL-111Z played backwards.
You can listen or download the full recordings of the event here – http://jacobwhittaker.co.uk/sounds/RedOktober_part1.mp3