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Record Player Orchestra:Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes, Cali, Colombia, 3rd March 2016.

posted on 29.03.2021, 10:12 by Roger Clarke
The Record Player Orchestra is an interactive and performative installation exploring the possibilities of collaborative and symbiotic manipulation of sound through physical engagement with a record player, turntable and a bespoke vinyl record.

This item contains 3 images and 3 videos of the RPO installation and workshop and a Los Andes Lecture poster.

This item documents the Record Player Orchestra workshop in Columbia at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes, Cali that Clarke was invited to host in 2016. The usual starting point for the RPO sessions was that of non expertise, so the workshop with young Columbian Music students altered the initial process of physical engagement and experimentation. The youth of the participants meant they weren't familiar with the analogue record player, so had no frame of reference for this iconic object, and had also assumed that a student professor dynamic was in operation so were reluctant to interrupt or interact with sounds in case it was deemed wrong. The language barrier also hindered communication and flow of responses, so Clarke, in what became a pivotal moment in the project, stopped all sounds and simply demonstrated how the record player worked, So the mechanism and function of this unfamiliar object became the means of engagement for the students and as a result they were able to explore, experiment and combine sounds without guidance in a very organic way to produce improvised compositions (see Soundcloud links below). From this point all future iterations of the RPO involved minimal initial explanation in order to facilitate wider experimentation and autonomous discovery.

During his visit to Columbia Clarke was also invited to give a lecture on the Record Player Orchestra at Los Andes University in Bogota.

Photography by Roger Clarke.

Soundcloud Links of Improvised Compositions: