Thanks to the work of artist Ben Gwilliam, we can now add “ice” to the list of materials used for storing and playing sound.
For his work Molto semplice e cantabile, Gwilliam created a mold from an LP of Beethoven’s Sonata No 32, which he used to make ice casts of the record that he could play from a turntable. In his blog, Manchester, UK-based critic Tony Trehy describes how Gwilliam manages the feat while maintaining the solidity of the slowly melting record by adding “fine spray as the records play, subtly lubricating the disc, the grooves refreeze the new droplets creating microscopic intervention.”
To bring the project full circle, a limited-edition vinyl 10-inch of the performance was pressed last year. To get an idea of what the results sound like, check out the review by Richard Pinnell from his blog, The Watchful Ear.
I think it’s about time I add a subcategory to the Robair Report that deals with playback formats and how they filter audio.