The Showroom Gallery 21st and 22nd November

The Record Player Orchestra was installed in the Showroom Gallery, Commercial Road, London for two days, the 21st and 22nd November.

This was the first time that it was installed so that participants could interact with it individually rather than set up for a meeting of a group of players.

As a result, participants were able to spend time exploring the tracks on the vinyl record and use all the record players at the same time.

One of these players was Chris Paessler who happened to be passing on the 21st November and ended up spending almost three hours working with the RPO.

I was having some trouble setting up one of the turntables and could not work out why I was getting an intermittent sound when there should have been a continuous tone. Chris spotted that the stylus was not completely down and that, as the vinyl record was not completely flat, it was touching it in the slightly raised area on each rotation.

He subsequently used this anomaly in the compositions that he developed and, as he the first to do so, it has been name the ‘Paessler effect’ in his honour. Here are the recordings of his compositions;

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