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Needle Drops and Run​-​out Grooves

by Andy Birtwistle

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    • PDF inlay card
    • Start Here: the art of the audio cassette – a 40-page booklet featuring extended artwork and liner notes from Start Here audio cassette tape releases 1 – 7
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Side 1 24:28
Side 2 24:26


Needle Drops and Run-out Grooves features recordings of the 'silent' run-in and run-out grooves taken from a total of 48 Long Playing vinyl discs. Each title is presented as follows: needle drop side A; run-out groove side A; needle drop side B; run-out groove side B. Recordings of run-out grooves feature 4 revolutions of the disc. There is a 6 second interval between each title, and 3 seconds between recordings within a title.

Includes run-in and run-out grooves from vinyl records such as:
- 2,000 Words in the English Language Frequently Mispronounced. Spoken by Carleton Hobbs. Recordiction
- Eric Jupp and His Music. Adventures with Skippy the bush kangaroo. Narrated by John McCallum. Parlophone. PMEO 9722
- A Salute to Ludwig Koch. BBC Wildlife Series No. 1. BBC. RED 34M
- Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra. A Swingin’ Safari. Polydor. 46384
- Step Up Your Selling: A Study in the Art of Carpet Salesmanship. DuPont/CBS. WSR 954

Needle Drops and Run-out Grooves is released on the Start Here audio cassette tape label, which aims to bring discerning listeners the finest in magnetic tape based media archaeological art. The files available for digital download are taken directly from cassette copies, and include the sound of the cassette's leader tape at the beginning and end of each side.


released October 27, 2017


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Andy Birtwistle Canterbury, UK

Andy Birtwistle is a sound artist, filmmaker and writer. He is the author of 'Cinesonica: Sounding film and video' published by Manchester University Press (2010).


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