Audible / Inaudible > Syncopation

This piece is a phonograph recording that has been hand-engraved. The records are rough, barely containing the sounds scratched into their surface. Each time they are played the surface erodes futher, creating an ever-diminishing archive of remnants.
The music that is barely audible is Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, a piece that evokes a future-oblivion, playing with atemporal composition and recurring motifs. As the record skips, loops and erodes, the music is recomposed as it decomposes: reordering the slippage of time.

Josh Schwebel Syncopation
hand-made audio records: acetate surface
33rpm
2010