We’re delighted to introduce the talented artists selected by Mr. Scruff to take part in our Vinyl Weekender.
Over the course of three days, under the guidance of John Lancaster, Birds Hit Records’ cutting engineer, seven artists will be introduced to the ins and outs of cutting to vinyl. Birds Hit Records are bringing their own custom built, fully manual lathe into the space for participants to get stuck into the process of the creating lathe-cut records and learn all there is to know to be able to cut their own tracks.
Once they’ve got a better understanding into the art of cutting vinyl, each participant will get to cut their own records to take home on the final day – Record Store Day.
Also taking place on Record Store Day is an event at Cottonopolis featuring a mini record fair and a range of DJ sets, including Mr Scruff himself who will be playing each of the tracks freshly cut that very afternoon. Find out more…
The Vinyl Weekender will take place at Band on the Wall between 20 and 22 Apr.
This track was produced as part of a series of site specific sound works, first shown at the K-11 Art Village in Wuhan, China. It takes as its source an ancient Chinese poem, using the melodic qualities of tonal languages such as Mandarin to turn spoken text into a musical composition through an arrangement of processed speech recordings, synthesiser parts by Graham Massey, and cello by Seamay Wu.
Kelvin Brown is an award winning artist, DJ, broadcaster and academic. His work is concerned with human responses to sound, investigating the relationship between memory and emotion, and individual relationships within the sonic topography of modern life. His work ranges from single channel sound and video work through to multi-channel site specific installations and large scale collaborative projects.
“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the vinyl weekender with Mr Scruff. Being an avid record collector and producer based in Manchester, his approach to the art is an inspiration that i’ve always enjoyed witnessing at Keep it Unreal. The weekender will be an opportunity to immerse myself in a side of the vinyl production process that I’ve never had the chance to get involved in, and will no doubt deepen my appreciation for digging and DJing Vinyl.”
Tom Burford (Photo by Kate Berry)
‘Shifting Bass Syndrome’ by Aver (Joe Mills)
The track was produced by Aver in his house in Withington and features samples from ‘Ruby, Ruby’ by Gato Barbieri and ‘Epilogue’ by Jack Dejohnette, amongst many other bits.
Aver (aka Joey Average) hails from the well-known mecca of hip-hop: Withington, Manchester. Along with his cohorts he has been part of the city’s hip-hop scene for well over a decade. As the chief producer of TNC he has curated and independently published a string of well received vinyl releases since 2011. His beats utilise a wide variety of sources from Argentinian music concrete to Hungarian funk breaks to porn soundtracks.
“Having spent a large part of my adult life sifting through crates of vinyl and also having even released a few of my own, I look forward greatly to gaining a deeper understanding of the strange and mysterious practice that is vinyl pressing.”
Aver (Joe Mills)
‘Teklm’ by Dujat
Teklm is the 3rd track from an EP Dujat is currently working on.
“The idea behind this EP came after finishing an 8channel electroacoustic piece, for which I accumulated a collection of field recordings and processed sounds that resided in the same ‘sonic world’.”
Dujat is a French producer currently living in Manchester. Dujat brings out the more experimental side of electronic music, with heavy use of field recordings & sound design. Dujat has shared the stage with Daisuke Tanabe, Worriedaboutsatan, Jason Singh and Imogen Heap amongst others.