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rude mechanic -pan sonic/hayley newman/david crawforth
simon fisher turner
rude mechanic was a double CD issued in a limited edition of 1000 in collaboration with beaconsfield.
rude mechanic was conceived as a visualisation of sound.
in 1996 a symbiotic relationship was set up in the public gallery space of beaconsfield between visual artists david crawforth and hayley newman and sound artists mika vainio and ilpo väisänen - pan sonic. all four worked daily for five weeks linked by sound inputs and outputs. The live installation featured an industrial power climber, a video oscilloscope, pan sonic's precious sound machine, the typewriter, and the original prototype for turbosound's earth-shaking floodlight PA system.
rude mechanicals were unskilled assistants used in early medical operations who performed rudimentary tasks such as restraining and muffling un-anaesthetised patients as well as catching their dismembered body parts and fluids in buckets. Using this occupation as a motif, crawforth and newman inhabited and evolved the physical environment and Pan sonic monitored the sounds of that activity, feeding in their own analogue compositions. The process was animated by the input of invited musicians and artists, each making a six hour injection into the mutating sound environment. contributors generously became absorbed within the rude mechanic process which strove to transcend the individual.
over the five weeks, one hundred hours of sound were recorded and mixed live by pan sonic from which this compilation has been distilled. this final product - the rude mechanic CD - cannot accurately represent the live process but presents the spirit of this truly collaborative and extraordinary event.
pan sonic with david crawforth and hayley newman are rude mechanic who controlled all input and output of sound from the inception of the live experiment to the editing of the audio document.
photography jon byers, tomoko takahashi, naomi siderfin
design damian jaques
rude mechanic was financially supported by the arts council of england and the finnish institute
beaconsfield, newport street, london SE11 6AY
please note, this limited edition CD is no longer available
note: difficulties getting the CDs out of the package
return to: piano catalogue©1999 beaconsfield/piano