RPO at Belles Artes

The Record Player Orchestra was installed at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes, Cali, Colombia on Thursday March 3rd, 2016.

Seven new recordings were made;

Sin Titulo by Katheryn Lasso & Sebastian Chaparro

‘13.12’ By Paula Solarte

Sin Titulo – Jairo H Caicedo A Class Class: Informatica

Sin Titulo By Andrea Buluyuera

Sin Titulo By German Gorane

ARtERIAS by Paula, Vanesa, Andrea, Daniela, Sebastian and Daniela

ARtERIAS no.2 by Paula, Vanesa, Andrea, Daniela, Sebastian and Daniela

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At the London Analogue Festival

The Record Player Orchestra was installed at the London Analogue Festival from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014.

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Over the three days, numerous people took part – some individually or in a group – and so many new compositions were created.

A series of films were screened on the final evening and the RPO was invited to play live to the film R.O.B.E.S.P.I.E.R.R.E that was screened by Victor De Las Heras.


Supernormal 2014

The Record Player Orchestra was invited by Anne Robinson to take part in Supernormal on the 9th August.

One of the original players from the first meeting, Ben Williams , constructed a device to conduct the orchestra and this was tested with the help of participants.

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Digbeth 1st Friday at Vivid Projects

The collaboration, initiated by Trevor Pitt, A3 Project Space, between the Record Player Orchestra (Roger Clarke) and Sellotape Cinema (Steven Chamberlain and Stephen Snell) was installed at Vivid Projects for the Digbeth 1st Friday on 4 July, 2014.

Here a film of the performance that took place at 8pm:

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MANDY was used by having two people notating live on the acetate which was then responded to by the record players.

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P1050029 P1050030The new device, Planetry Systems Delivery System, was a mechanical model of the planets. An arc was drawn onto the table and record players played when their allocated planet moved into this arc.

Here are a series of videos of these in action:

Collaboration with Sellotape Cinema

Sellotape Cinema artists Stephen Snell and Steven Chamberlain have been developing visual systems by which record players in the Record Player Orchestra Sellotape can be directed to play.

For this collaboration, initiated by Trevor Pitt the Director of A3 Project Space, they have produced two ingenious systems;

MANDY – an overhead projector that has been customised by adding a laminator which pushes a roll of plastic on which notations have been added. Playing occurs when the notation reaches the orange zone and stops when it has left this zone.

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Eight coloured spheres – one for each record player – that light up when that record player should play. These spheres are lit by pressing a button on the control panel.


Here is a video of the MANDY system;