Posts Tagged ‘Shellac’

Some images taken by Paul Newman of my process as I scour the site for pieces of broken shellac records. The strings on the poles are really a safety feature to stop people falling down the holes. The trays I’m using are photographic darkroom trays, weighed down with bricks to stop them being blown away. […]


This week I bought a portable flatbed scanner with which to make some images on site. I’m planning to use it to scan the internal “walls” of some of the test excavations on site, to show up the bands of different types of soul, burnt matter, rust, coal, etc. Below is a test image of […]


Today in the studio I experimented with making sounds from some of the broken record pieces found on site. Initially I tried running the individual pieces over the stylus, but as the sections had only up to about 4cm of groove to play, the technique was limited. It was also difficult to keep the needle in the […]


Second week on site, this time I was in Birmingham for two days.  For the first day I did lost of test excavations looking for possible sites where there might be more broken record pieces. 12:00 Arrived on site after struggling to find a parking space. Immediately found some broken record pieces in a new area, on the surface […]


Below are some scans of broken record pieces from the site.  On initial inspection I thought the pieces were vinyl, but it turns out with a closer look that they’re shellac; so in all likelihood the fragments are from older ten-inch records.