Christian Marclay mini-documentary

January 15th, 2008 | Category: Marginalia, Videos

Artist Christian Marclay has been manipulating records and turntables in a very un-Hip-hop manner since anyone else has (Hip-hop or otherwise). As someone who creates new compositions out of old ones using turntables and records, he very well might be the first turntablist.

His turntable work involves scratching, bending, breaking, cutting, reconfiguring, and otherwise repurposing records in order to mine their hidden sounds, intended as well as inadvertent.

During a brief web search the other night, I found the following mini-documentary (runtime: 5:50) about him. Enjoy.

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  • Gabi Wan Kenobi said:

    I saw the “Guitar Drag” installation at ConWorks(now defunct???) a few years ago and was blown away by its simple, yet hard-hitting political statement in reference to the lynching of James Byrd Jr. I wish more people would find such powerful avenues approaching important issues without being overly polemic.
    Good work

  • Bring the Noise: Systems, Sound, and Silence | Roy Christopher said:

    […] in particular, up through our current binary blips and bleeps, clicks and clacks — including Christian Marclay‘s multiple artistic forays and the Cory Arcangel’s digital synesthesia. This book is […]