Cosmic Diatribe is an experiment in lathe cut audio recording which takes original vinyl ephemera, and translates it as a new hand cut object. Deleting large parts of the original recording of astrology readings to leave only the negative comments, a new discourse of personality interrogation is formed– highlighting a sense of vitriol dialogue commonly found in the online domain. Using a home record lathe cutting machine, the sound was cut onto thick adhesive silver foil found in the skip of a glass manufacturer. Cut with a wide groove and lubricant, the sound is embossed onto the foil, the needle also playing back the friction of the amplified surface.
3min 18sec, 33 ½ rpm, hand lathe cut recording on silver foil, lathe cut by Edward Nowill
COMMISSIONED AND EXHIBITED BY CONTEMPORARY ART TASMANIA FOR EXHAUST, 2015
Original lathe cut silver foil discs
Installation view Contemporary Art Tasmania, Australia