A Static Place

by Stephan Mathieu



A STATIC PLACE by Stephan Mathieu

60 minutes

“A Static Place is about the journey of sound. Between 1928 and 1932 the earliest recordings of historically informed performances of music from the late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque era were etched into 78RPM records. I used some of these records from my collection, playing them back with two mechanical acoustic HMV Model 102 gramophones. The initial soundwaves produced back then by period instruments like the clavichord, viols, lute, hurdy-gurdy are read from the grooves by a cactus needle to be amplified by the gramophones diaphragm housed in a soundbox. Those vibrations travel through the tonearm which is connected straight to the gramophones horn, which releases the music to my space. Here the sound is again picked up by a pair of customized microphones and send to my computer, to be transformed by spectral analysis and convolution processes.”

- Stephan Mathieu, Madrid, Nov. 31, 2010

Originally released as a CD on 12k in February 2011, here is the analog remastered version for the limited vinyl edition by Minority Records from February 2012


released December 14, 2012

Format: 24Bit FLAC download with 9-page PDF booklet
Release Date: December 12, 2012

Design by Caro Mikalef
Mastered by Henner Dondorf
Published by Touch Music (MCPS)

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Launched on June 21, 2012 by Stephan Mathieu as a platform for new solo and collaborative work, as well as remastered work from his back catalog on vinyl and as full resolution digital editions.

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