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[Visually Sound Sunday: Christian Marclay, ‘The Clock’]

Christian Marclay surely needs no introduction here.  As a sound artist, Marclay made a name for himself years ago exploring the possibilities of performing with damaged records and even broken/re-assembled records. Just such a performance took place in Buffalo at Hallwall’s back in 1985. See pic below.

Christian Marclay at Hallwall’s 1985

Marclay’s endeavours are not limited to sound, however. The Swiss-born artist also works in film and even teaches Video Collage at the European Graduate School. His own skills in video collage became apparent with the release of The Clock.

According to Toronto art gallery The Power PlantThe Clock is a 24-hour “ode to time and cinema . . . comprised of thousands of fragments from a vast range of films that create a 24-hour, looped, single-channel video. Marclay compiled thousands of film clips of wristwatches, clock towers, sundials, alarm clocks, and countdowns, each of which illustrate every minute in a 24-hour period.”

Check out this 3-minute excerpt. . .

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp4EUryS6ac%5D

And luckily The Clock is screening in Toronto at the Power Plant at select times until November 25th. See link for times.


[Archive 11.30.11]

1) Parashi, “Broken Element,” Counterweight (Tape Drift)
2) Location Ensemble, “Diversion # 3,” Live in Saratoga 11.12.11
3) Christian Marclay, “Neutral,” Records1981-1989 (Atavistic)
4) John Cage, “Imaginary Landscape No. 1,” The Works for Percussion I 
5) Steve Baczkowski, “Side A,” Tone Arm (cae-sur-a)
6) Otomo Yoshihide, “2*10′,” Re/cycling Rectangle: Complete Works (Rectangle)
7) Janek Schaefer, “Tone Arm Two,” Above Buildings (Fat Cat)
8) Phillip Jeck, “Now You Can Let Go,” (Touch)
9) DJ Sniff, “Live Improvisation,” Recorded live at WORM, Rotterdam, 9.9.11 for the presentation of Gerco Hiddink & Rutger Zuydervelt’s ‘Bridges’ project
10) Indignant Senility, “Untitled – Part Seven,”  Plays Wagner (Type)
11) Borful Tang, “Herd and Unherd,” Herd and Unherd (Gigante)
12) Rust Worship, “Repressed Memories,” Deposits of Despondency (Tape Drift)
13) Ignaz Schick and Martin Tetreault, “6-p45 six,” Live 33 45 78 (Ambiances Magnétiques)
14) Pierre Schaffer, “Etude Aux Chemins De Fer”
15) DJ Sniff and Burkhard Beins, “Live Improvisation,” Recorded live at WORM, Rotterdam, 9.9.11 for the presentation of Gerco Hiddink & Rutger Zuydervelt’s ‘Bridges’ project


[preview 11.30.11: Experimental DJs Baczkowski, Rust Worship, Marclay and more]

Tonight on the Upstate Soundscape we’re gonna stick with the experimental DJ thread since the previous two posts on Steve Baczkowski and Paul Haney aka Rust Worship proved to be so popular.

We’ll hear tracks from both those guys, plus other experimental disk jockeys like DJ Sniff, DJ Spooky, and the godfather of experimental turntablism, Christian Marclay.

Got some other good stuff including an exclusive live recording from the Location Ensemble’s recent performance in Saratoga.

And if we got time, we’ll preview a cool-sounding show going down this Saturday at Spotty Dog and Ale Books in Hudson, NY. Slated to perform are Matt Weston, Fossils from the Sun, Parashi, Savoir Self, and Xanthocephalus.

Show starts at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Stream @ WBNY.org.