Submerged Turntable Plays Vinyl – Video

Submerged Turntable

We already showed you many art installations like the Wood Slices Record Player or some wonderful vinyl record art by Ted Riederer here on DJ rooms. Artist Evan Holm also uses vinyl in his projects a lot. He built this stunning art installation combining nature elements like water and wood covered with moss. The spinning turntable creates a huge whirl in the black inked water basin. Unfortunately the non consistent speed of the turntable leads to a loss of sound quality. But as this is art, we really love the idea of playing a record under water. If you do not believe that this installation actually works, have a look at the second video with the making of below.

Click PLAY to see the submerged turntable spinning a record:

Submerged Turntable on Vimeo.

“There will be a time when all tracings of human culture will dissolve back into the soil under the slow crush of the unfolding universe. The pool, black and depthless, represents loss, represents mystery and represents the collective subconscious of the human race. By placing these records underneath the dark and obscure surface of the pool, I am enacting a small moment of remorse towards this loss. In the end however this is an optimistic sculpture, for just after that moment of submergence. Tone, melody and ultimately song is pulled back out of the pool, past the veil of the subconscious, out from under the crush of time, and back into a living and breathing realm. When I perform with this sculpture, I am honoring and celebrating all the musicians, all the artists that have helped to build our human culture.”

And here is the making-of, for all those who do not believe, that this really works:

The Making Of the submerged turntables on Vimeo.

[via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk]

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2 Responses to Submerged Turntable Plays Vinyl – Video

  1. Mathew Bailey says:

    I think playing records submerged or immersed has great advantages but not without limits or drawbacks. The water can keep the stylus & record clean,but periodically,the water has to be changed to prevent any loosened dirt,etc from settling back on the record & wearing the stylus & record. I wouldn’t recommend doing the same thing to Edison Diamond Disc & similar records,because these records have a wood flour core which can soak up water & ruin the record. On the other hand it’s okay with shellac 78 rpm records.

  2. Wow.. a great, innovative idea to play the records. The sound is really amazing. I did not expect the result. But is it safe for the records and the player? Aren’t there chances of water clogging into the grooves?

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