For Disclosures Eileen Simpson & Ben White produced Declose, a project to create a free 12" vinyl scratch tool featuring out-of-copyright archive jazz, blues, folk and brand new copyleft beats by:
Breakplus, Collection Society, The Early Man, Trevor Goodchilde, Parkertron, The Red Eyed Thief, Steve Science, Soundspecies
The artists promote collaboration and seek to explore its significance and value for creative production. For Declose they invite producers and members of the Burnt Progress community to create new remix tracks, short vocal snippets, percussive noises, samples, breaks and beats - made entirely from the out-of-copyright music in the Open Music Archive - to make up the battle vinyl.
Collaboration is central to the activity of the DJ who constantly combines, re-works and extends existing creative output. In the hands of a turntablist, the record player is revealed as a hardware instrument – one that needs vinyl software to operate. The DJ’s instrument can only be activated using a set of vinyl tools, in the same way that computer hardware requires an operating system and a suite of software to function. Unlike the conventional battle record, which samples unlicensed commercial recordings, the newly created scratch tools for Declose are assembled entirely from out-of-copyright material – and so exist outside commercial and bootleg economies. The project adopts the form and structure of the battle record to build open vinyl code – which, like free/libre and open source software, is distributed freely.
The project encourages open creative exchange and demands that subsequent creations are licensed under identical terms.
See also Disclosures II in Laxton, Nottingham
Side A 18.8MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
01 Hello Pinetop 00:16
Side B 18.9MB MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
01 archive elements 02:59
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Video of Parkertron (Fingathing) using Serato Scratch Live to test battle records made from out-of-copyright samples from the Open Music Archive. Shot and edited by Kid Jenson
Download quicktime Duration: 13 mins / 43.1 MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
Read the entry for this video on Archive.org
This project would not be possible without the help, advice and support of: Anna Colin & Mia Jankowicz, Tony Nwachukwu and Gavin Alexander @ CDR, Parkertron, Selom @ Plastic People, Andy Soup, Colin O'Toole, Vincent @ Deal Real, Leo @ Kung Fu, Tha 4orce, Floating Points, Soundspecies, Tranqill, Ade @ Plastic People, Breakplus, Trevor Goodchilde, The Red Eyed Thief, The Earlyman, Berry Weight, Saul Richards, LA77, Nick Alexander, Karine Faou, Espen Haslene, Bernard @ Plastic People, Charles @ The Horse And Groom, DJ DYSU, Man One, James Kelly (Pedestrian), DJ Tendraw, Ciaran Simpson, Leyla Nazim.
Disclosures is facilitated and organised by Gasworks’ residencies and exhibitions programmes in collaboration with interlocutors, advisers and partners involved at different levels. Disclosures is inscribed in the season of new media events under the umbrella of node.London in March 2008.