Having always had an obbsessive love affair with vinyl records since a child and one that continues to dominate my life, has recently led to thoughts on the other uses of records beyond their intended purpose. From my own experience as a collector, particulary when buying bulk, you can end up with many tracks that do not fit your own personal taste, or that of the majority, and you can be left with an abundance of redundant vinyl that even the most desperate charity shop has no interest in taking in as they do not want to loose valuable floor space for. For many years people have recycled vinyl in various forms, making bowls, clocks and other artifacts from the iconic format, and in recent years some artist have taken this a stage further. In 2007 the uber talented Korean artist Jean Shin created the “Soundwave”, made from 78 rpm records that are not compatible with most modern day turntables, resulting in a visually stunning structure that was insatalled at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, 2007 as pictured above.
Records were melted and sculpted to form a cascading wave, dotted with bursts of colorful labels. The resulting structure speaks to the inevitable waves of technology that render each successive generation of recordable media obsolete. The piece also aims to physically manifest the ephemerality of music as well as one man’s musical tastes, as represented by his personal record collection.