The records are acetate dubplates that possibly lose sonorous brightness and alter the groove on the disc after being played too extensively, hence being slowly destroyed as the needle touches the surface. The document value of the phonographic referent is transformed through the passage of time and through the causal relation of the sounds that are transferred to the machine and/or the projected shadows in an attempt to define a new organology playing with the dual modes of apprehension of a sonorous event; one that is visual, the other sonorous, in between the intangible and the tangible. A background drone made from the processing of some of the recordings is heard upon the entrance of the installation, and according to the behavior of the artificial system, other sounds are added composing in real time a strong experiential environment, and an invitation to linger in the sensation.
Previous version and exhibition:
The Mechanics of Shadows has been exhibited in a site-specific version in the former Yacht Club of Hong Kong from 22nd May 2013 to 18th August 2013. In this particular episode of the work entitled Water Days, the LPs were playing special recordings from Hong Kong waters: above-water shore recordings, underwater recordings, and radio waves, and the fourth record was playing a drone made from spectral processing of the field recordings.