During our solo show this year, we recorded and edited Systems For a Score, a imited edition vinyl record featuring a unique peace of handwoven musical score on the front of each album.
We conceived of a bespoke recording booth A Model Studio (pictured) as an installation central to the exhibition, where everything within, including the floor and the walls was covered in our glitched Atari coding.
The front wall, entirely of perspex, allowed gallery visitors to look on during sessions and view the space at all times.
|On the album Systems for a Score, groups of local school children make music concrete, folk musicians perform in the space, Arabic singers improvise abstract vocals, artists who do not work with sound jam on instruments we’d built, club owners who played in their spare time, and university electronics tutors from Abu Dhabi bring their own raw circuitry and so on.
The sessions originated from ideas to promote improvisation and experimentation in the region, while certain ones were set improvisations, specifically for the album we were making with The Vinyl Factory.
We took the traditional Emirati weave, Al Sadu,as a starting point for data with which to programme music, listening to and adapting the results into music we felt worked. We then turned the music back into graphic scores and from there, into weave again. A few remaining copies of Systems for a Score are available to order online at Tashkeel (Gulf) and The Vinyl Factory (Europe).