In an age of digital downloads, mp3 and 3 inch CDs, the vinyl single still persists. Proof of an independent spirit and a genuinely more efficient container of sound than current digital alternatives, it has been kept alive by experimentalists, nostalgists and artists against all commercial pressures to kill it off. To encourage the continued use of this superior sonic platter, Work & Leisure International has commissioned 3 limited edition singles by contemporary artists and curated Band Wagon Jumping, an exhibition of recent work by artists who have used this 7 format to explore time-based action or document a live event.
With microphones positioned inside and outside of the building, Matt Wand recorded the demolition of a block of high rise flats, producing a work that is both a social document and quite literally musique concrete. Richard Hylton, David Mackintosh and Martin Vincent as the art-rock power trio Die Kunst have produced the double A side, slow & quiet & fast & loud. By recording one side in an anechoic (no-echo) chamber and the other in a reverberation room, they were able to reach decibel levels equivalent to that of a jet engine and subtleties as delicate as a butterflys wing. Using the rotation of the record itself as inspiration Hayley Newman has recorded the sounds of unwieldy brass instruments being played on various fairground roundabouts with microphones placed in a range of positions
These commissioned works are exhibited alongside existing pieces such as Susan Philipszs The Internationale, a recording of the artist singing solo, the anthem of international socialism, acappella; Ceal Floyers Glass a suitably minimal one sided, clear vinyl edition and Jonty Sempers recording of the minute silence broadcast at Princess Dianas memorial service. Band Wagon Jumping is accompanied by commissioned texts that will be published as a box set with the three commissioned singles.