ruaridh law/TVO – process part 371


Return to a White Cube

I spent a lot of time thinking about this mix. I had been asked a long time back to contribute but wanted to make sure that it had the right intentions behind it, the right direction and momentum. In the meantime other mixes came and went, where the purpose was no more than fitting some records I liked together, but I just couldn’t get a handle in my brain on how this one was going to turn out.

In the end, I deliberately took myself by surprise – unannounced, I put myself in front of the turntables and just started picking and playing, unscripted, for a chance trip through the pile of things I found in front of me. I had the first record and last record in my head, but the rest was about synchronicity and chance, records pulled hurriedly from sleeves and discarded just as quickly, the wrong side being put on, records at the wrong speed, things I’d not thought about in years: the very opposition to the usual, planned and scripted performance.

I never have any free time of any kind, but if I did, and you were coming back to the studio to listen to some records, this is how it would go. Maybe you’d find something you’d not heard before, or maybe the context would let you embrace a long lost love previously forgotten.

01. Forward Strategy Group – Ident
02. Spiritualized – Born Never Asked
03. The Orb – Oxbow Lakes (Evensong String Arrangement)
04. DJ Votive – Deads Roads pt 4
05. Nobukazu Takemura – Icefall
06. Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng – Reconnaisance
07. Muslimgauze – Port Said
08. Pure – The End Of Vinyl
09. Unknown – Ti-Roro Drum Solo 1
10. Pita – 1127429874
11. Dean Roberts – Welcome Home Little Birds
12. Jim O’Rourke – 6 Oscillators ’87
13. Shampoo Boy – Still
14. Rafael Toral – Unknown
15. Labradford – Pico
16. Full Swing – Summer
17. Oren Ambarchi – Lost Like A Star
18. Sylvain Chauveau and Stephan Mathieu – Your Wedding
19. Throbbing Gristle – Nomon
20. Carlos Giffoni – Techno
21. Fatima Yamaha – What’s A Girl To Do? (loop)

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