Rebecca Mack, “RECORDS book with sound”


Front cover


Back Cover


page 23





Audio soundtrack of book: click orange button to play.
(Available for streaming / download through Soundcloud: link)


Artist: Rebecca Mack (Burlington, VT)

Title: RECORDS book with sound (2012)

Medium/technique(s): Offset printing, Vinyl record, photography, collage, sound

Edition size: 200

Number of pages: 24

Dimensions, open: 8 x 16 x 1/32 inches

Dimensions, closed: 8 x 8 x 1/16 inches


Artist Statement:

RECORDS is a 24-page, full color artist’s book filled with photographs, handwritten discographies and lists, liner notes, and album covers, accompanied by a double-sided 7″ vinyl soundtrack record. The soundtrack is composed in the spirit of the Hip Hop mixtape, using traditional sampling methods and archivist field recordings to create a textural and rhythmic listening experience. The first printing and pressing produced a 200-item run of the book and record,which will be released from Flying Hen Studio at 7 pm on June 22, 2012 at Pure Pop Records in Burlington, VT.

You will see urban landscapes, moving hands, found type, and vintage vinyl ephemera. You will hear the streets of Palermo and Madras, the calls of Canada geese, turntablist scratches, and music boxes. The project is the distillation of 10 years of captured images and sounds.

My musical background includes study in music history, theory, composition and performance at Fordham University and University of Vermont. In 2000, I took a second job to earn the funds to purchase two DJ turntables, a mixer, recording equipment, and to begin collecting vinyl records. I began recording and editing mixtapes, playing dance parties, and playing a weekly radio show.

Concurrently, I began to see my work in photography and mixed media as complimentary practices: photographs became visual “samples”; collages became “mixtapes”. Thus, I borrowed the form of the Read-Along-Record to make explicit these connections. As an artist working across the senses, the format of the read-a-long record has always appealed to me. It was born along with Hip Hop culture, in the late 1970’s and 80’s, so it has nostalgic resonance with my generation.

As I began to study Buddhism and work in the field of Hospice, both modes of recording and organizing information became significant to me in their relationship to impermanence; our records outlive us. I use my photography and sound recording practices to have an active relationship with the unavoidable facts of death, change, and impermanence in daily life. Inspired by crumbling walls, children’s voices, and natural light, I find beauty and impermanence in the same places.