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Strotter Inst. – “Schlepper ” – [Self Released]

Anthony Fremont   11/14/2006   12-inch, A Library

Strotter Inst.-Schlepper (self release)
Clinically proven turntable experimentations constructed in 2000 by Swiss architect Christoph Hess re-inventing the needle’s use as an instrument unto itself. Whereas pioneering predecessors like Christian Marclay and Otomo Yoshihide focus mostly on pushing the limits of vinyl’s physical deconstruction under the needle, Hess focuses primarily on the needle as the audio source physically “playing” looping objects such as extended rubber bands, metal, sewing needles and strings with vinyl as the vehicle. The result is a looping hypnotic interplay of rudimentary objects producing complex tones, pops and textures. Even the untrained ear can distinguish the distinctive pluck of rubber bands at varied tensions throughout creating a unique listening experience. The term Strotter is taken from a pre WWII reference connected with the early production of stocked fat sold to soap companies. Hess designated the term Inst. to interchangeably translate into either installation or instrument. This cut of vinyl is also a work of art in itself with the stylish placement of silver marker labeling and hand etchings by Anja Sitter. -AFremont

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