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  1. MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Eric Isaacson. Part I Produced by Rosanna Arbon Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-eric-isaacson/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140313/Memorabilia_Eric_Isaacson_eng.pdf Collecting music began as a private pursuit for Eric Isaacson, from the age of five he was recording songs off the radio and making his own mix tapes. His biggest undertaking was reconstructing the Beatles back catalogue, track by track, album by album entirely off the radio which took him four years to complete. That kind of behaviour might lead you to believe the young Isaacson would grow to be one of the breed of sound collectors that William Bennett refers to as the completists, but Isaacson is far from it. Around 300 records make it into his personal collection at one time, it seems a small amount for someone who runs a record label but Isaacson's collection is constantly on the move – he gets hold of records as quickly as he gets rid of them because ultimately what matters most is the contemporary relationship he is having with each record in his collection. 'I'd go insane otherwise,' he says, 'my interests go in such different directions, I would have to have 50,000 records to represent what I'm into and that's impossible.' In lieu of a physical collection, Isaacson's notebooks which are filled with lists of songs that either have or might make their way on to a Mississippi release are a testament to the extensive amount of records that have been a part of his life over the past ten years. Isaacson's unique design sensibility adorns the covers of Mississippi releases, early influences include Daniel Johnston and punk rock zines, whilst more recent influences include the cover art of Folkways Records and Indian Tantra art, but as with Isaacson's sound collection, his artistic influence is vast. Isaacson says his style was created by his limitations: 'I had to find a unique voice because I couldn't use tricks or skills, flashing lights or dazzling techniques'. Isaacson's cover art is bold, colourful and raw, the imagery is almost cryptic at times and as such Mississippi releases can't help but stand out on any shelf. You can find the complete MEMORABILIA. Colllecting sound with... podcast series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/memorabilia_tag/ Enjoy!
  2. MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Eric Isaacson Part II Eric Isaacson, founder of Mississippi Records, presents a compilation that seeks to capture the magic of home recordings. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-eric-isaacson-collection/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140508/Memorabilia_eric_isaacson_partII_eng.pdf “This mix is all over the board. The theme is simply home recorded music, whether by the artist themselves or by field recordists who came over to visit. Some of the artists are very well known like Bo Diddley, who would work out his compositions at home on tape before hitting Chess studios to record, or Charlie Feathers who recorded at home all through his 40 year career using the same equipment... As a result you can’t tell the difference between a recording made in 1955 or 1985 when it comes to Charlie. Some of these artists are not very well known – like Scott Dunbar who never left the small town of Lake Mary, Louisiana. Some of the artists are stalwarts of the Mississippi label like Michael Hurley, Marisa Anderson and Abner Jay. The point of this mix is to show that the bloated magic sounds of the studio can take you pretty far in one direction... ain’t nothing wrong with that studio sound when its used right - like on Phil Spector’s genuinely psychotic wall of sound or George Martin’s bizarrely perfect rock on the Beatles Revolver album or stuff like that. I will grant that a fancy pants studio can achieve some magnificent things that a home studio never could. Conversely, home recording can achieve some amazing things that a studio never could no matter how hard it tried. Some things just can't be manufactured outside the home... “ Eric Isaacson
  3. Most listened podcasts – March 2014 - Ràdio Web MACBA 1- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Eric Isaacson. Part I It may seem obvious looking back but Eric Isaacson had no idea that a childhood obsession with The Beatles and an armful of Daniel Johnston cassettes would be the foundation for his work as founder of Mississippi Records label and shop and the keeper of a uniquely free flowing record collection that is detached from time. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-eric-isaacson/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140313/Memorabilia_Eric_Isaacson_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2- INTERRUPTIONS #16. On duration: silence is unavailable, please buy time or switch dimensions. Curated by Dave Phillips Dave Phillips' mix is a true assault on the senses that reflects on extreme durations in music and our relationship with the temporality of sound. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/dave-phillips-on-duration/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140220/16Interruptions_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3- PROBES #7. Curated by Chris Cutler PROBES #7 examines some of the preparations applied to percussion and voice before beginning to look at the recovery and invention of extended performance techniques; starting with the piano. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes7-1-chris-cutler/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140305/Probes7_eng.pdf Transcript: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140130/07probes_transcript_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4- SONA #188 Bartomeu Marí, Beatriz Preciado and Valentín Roma talk about the conceptual structure that will drive the MACBA's programming from 2014 to 2016. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/conceptual-structure/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Brian Shimkovitz. Part I The tale of how a student of ethnomusicology from Brooklyn spent a year in West Africa buying tapes off street markets... and how he managed to turn that bizarre collection into one of the most revered record labels in recent years. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130903/Memorabilia_Brian_Shimkovitz_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6- FONS ÀUDIO #25. Eulàlia Valldosera Eulàlia Valldosera talks about the early stages of her career, about her use of light, her status as a woman, her creative processes, and about some of her works in the MACBA Collection. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/fons-eulalia-valldosera/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140327/Fons25_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7- SONA #187. Interview with Diedrich Diederichsen The cultural critic and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen talks about the role of criticism in contemporary art, the social dimension of today's music, and the links and differences between the art and music worlds. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/diedrich-diederichsen/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part II A selection of records that use eccentric voice manipulation techniques; from human existentialism and sound poetry to electronic, mechanical and computer distortion. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel-collection/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140113/Memorabilia_andy_votel_partII_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9- SONA #187. Diedrich Diederichsen. Deleted scenes We dig up some unreleased fragments of the interview with the cultural critic and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/extra/diedrich-diederichsen-deleted-scenes/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part I Over the past twenty years, Andy Votel has travelled far and wide in a quest to buy as many records as he could. His main motivation is to listen to music, and the only way to get the music he likes is generally to buy and collect it. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131212/Memorabilia_Andy_Votel_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy!
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