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Salute to Vinyl

by Andy Birtwistle

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    Download also includes:
    • 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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      £4 GBP




Salute to Vinyl features the surface noise recorded from both sides of a blank long playing vinyl disc played at thirty-three and a third revolutions per minute. This sound is generated by physical contact between the turntable stylus and the moving surface of a vinyl record. The continuous sound that results from the friction between these two surfaces is interspersed with intermittent sounds produced when the stylus encounters the damaged wall of a recording groove or particles of dirt. This is the sound of vinyl, brought to you through the medium of magnetic tape.

Salute to Vinyl 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.

Praise and condemnation for Salute to Vinyl:

"Weird" - Spool's Out Radio

"It’s perfect. This is the most punk tape I can own. In anyone else’s hands it wouldn’t be nearly as punk"- Tabs Out

"I don't think Andy Birtwistle comes up with something new; it is what it is, the sound of vinyl crackling. The concept is quite poor, the results are nothing you couldn't do yourself" - Vital Weekly


released October 15, 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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