The Capital's First Vinyl Lending Library

Pending Lending
The space for the library
Stoke Newington sees the opening of The Vinyl Library, a lending library at the start of next month. Scratches are inevitable, but at the same time what a joy! Yet is the survival of vinyl ensured? Not at all. Just like the form of the library itself, everything is in danger of being subsumed by virtual reality.

However, the this initiative adds to the one thing that has made vinyl an enduring form outside the world of DJing and scratching, and that is the fetishistic interest in its vintage form.

There is of course a crowd of people whose ears are attuned to the soft warmth of sound vinyl offers and which CD never has, but mainly it's about the form. Look at Haroon Mirza's installations for example. It's the eras they evoke as much as the rarity that keeps this very necessary fetish

So 1st July, founders Sophie Austin and Elly Rendall will launch their not for profit space, “We want to create a sharing space for people to learn from one another by exploring vinyl in all its gloriousness”. The savvy duo offer free membership to anyone donating records to the collection, and the venue is set host to DJ live performances and talks. Expect anything from 1970s Afro-rock and vintage disco to UK garage and contemporary techno.

There's no website as yet. Guess you'll have to embrace old school fully, and get your feet down there in person...
The Vinyl Library, Unit 1, Foulden Road, Stoke Newington, NI6 7UU, London.

The not-for-profit venture will open to the public on 1 Jul, charging a monthly fee to become a member – or offering free access to those who donate records themselves.
Promising to offer everything from “70s Afro-rock to UK garage”, founders Sophie Austin and Elly Rendall told CMU: “We want to create a sharing space for people to learn from one another by exploring vinyl in all its gloriousness”.
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The Stream - 13 Channels at the Mouth of the Sea

Image: Ed perkins
This week's Free Lab Radio extolls the current work of Call and Response, a sonic arts collective, in setting up The Stream. The Stream is a week long installation in a public space culminating a live performance for 13 3D speaker sound system featuring Mark Fell, Ed Perkins and Apartment House and Tonspur (a duo from Vienna).

The week long immersive listening experience The Stream in which visitors to a free lounge in Canada Water (amazingly the area has a cultural space) will experience enveloping electronic soundscapes composed especially for a unique 3-dimensional speaker domeculminating in a night of live performance on a 13 speaker 3D sound system.

For the show we hear a previously unheard interview with Mark Fell, plus audio files form each of the performing artists.
The playlist for tonight is:
Mark Fell - audio recording
Mark Fell interview 
Manchester Liberalism by Peter Szely
Immaterial - Jeremy Keenan
David Moss curated by Tonspur
Sam Ashely curated by Tonspur
The Stream 'Mantra' - Ed Perkins

Saturday 29th June's immersive multichannel audio works will be performed live by:
Ed Perkins and Apartment House – A real time
Canada Water Cultural Space
Mark Fell – Live Ambisonic performance (ambisonic recordings of an installation, plus multichannel FM synthesis and strobe light synced to the audio)
Peter Szely of TONSPUR – Live 13 channel performance social model and live audio-visual composition system

And tonight we'll let you know who you can get discounted tickets to the event!

Tonight's Free Lab Radio - Haroon Mirza '/o/o/o/o/'

“/\/\/\/\/\/\” Michigan Museum of Art, polyfoam triangular wedges
Tonight's show is dedicated to sounds created and disseminated by artist Haroon Mirza for his exhibition '/o/o/o/o/' at Lisson Gallery, London. We sample releases by Vinyl Factory on limited edition vinyl and listen to remixes from o-o-o-o, a project made in conjunction with Haroon Mirza's exhibition and which involves working with his source sounds, plus an interview with Mirza on details of the show.
For this project tracks by Factory Floor and Jellyman were issued on vinyl, one black and one as white as the white light of the reverberation chamber, one of the installations in the exhibition in which the sound of rushing water are fed into a brightly lit room.
The Lisson show continues until June 29th 2013 and Mirza has another show at the Hepworth Wakefield until 29 September.
Adam, Eve, others and a UFO, Lisson Gallery

dÉbruit Atta Turk

Debruit in his bespoke fez
When we first played a track by dÉbruit (Xavier Thomas) he was so young in his career, that he was giving away tunes. Nowadays he's touring the world and playing at Gilles Peterson's festival and doing far more than surviving from the revenue of his releases and performances.
And so he deserves it! His early track Persian Funk is a masterpiece, as original as it is considered.
Tonight we play his mix of Turkish music, what he calls "a tasteful balance between traditional and modern, exploration and roots."

Interestingly, for whom he made the mix, discuss the producer's move to a Turkish part of London as the starting inspiration for this mix. Neighbourhoods replace nation states, neighbourhoods represent nation states.

dÉbruit moved from Paris to a Turkish neighborhood in London, the sounds that he found spurred him on to seek out more of the same. He traveled to the very source, and in Istanbul he inspected traditional Turkish folk instruments, gathering the knowledge of the local craftsmen, instrument tuners and specialist shopkeepers that he met.
 His travels also spurred on the production of a four part release: Şiş Sürpriz ( “Skewer Surprise”)

01. Erkin Koray – Mesafeler Apka Ynamyyorum
02. Selda – Yaz Gazeteci Yaz
03. Sevmek İstiyorum
04. Erkin koray – Anma Arkada
05. Okay Temiz – Denizalti Ruzgarlan Yesilcam
06. Ihsan Al-Munzer – Jamileh
07. Erol pekcan Orkestrasi – Gel Sevigilim Yesilcam
08. Husnu Ozkartal Orkestrasi – Su Derenin Sulari
09. débruit – MEZDÉ

After that we drop three unrelated tunes for you.....see if you can recognise them, as disparate as they are.