In Homage to Thomas Edison
Edison was a prolific inventor. He is particularly well know for the invention of the electric light and power utilities, sound recording, and motion pictures all established major new industries world- wide. Edison’s inventions contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. Using this information that turntable and electric light have the same inventor, I propose an installation linking two topics of the gallery changing nation in the museum of Scotland : DAILY LIFE – HOME TECHNOLOGY and ENERGY – SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
The turntable would be transformed into generator, when it is playing, touching a special venial, it will generate light, using the rotation of the turntable to generate electricity or/and the contact of the needle onto the vinyl.
The turntable in the museum is a Linn Sondek LP12. Linn is one of the stalwarts of the British hi-fi industry. Taking its name from a local park in Glasgow, Linn was founded in the early ’70s and started off with just one product – the legendary LP12 turntable. Since then the company has developed an impressively comprehensive product range.
I was thinking to recreate the production line of the turntable by generating sounds from each steps of the production, from raw material to finish product. The single harm could go from one turntable to another, picking the sound related to the action (we should figure it out how we generate the sound: which data ? record in the factory ? …).
The harm would reading the sound, then add the second one on top of it. Like record a sample then add one on top of each other on the same principle of a loop pedal (exemple here)
It could be a reflection of the factory process (linking the communication part to the industry part of the gallery).
It also play on the on the production line method of the construction a mass produce product and the brand of the turntable Linn.
Finally there is a reflection on the music procession as well. The evolution of music and the possibility that turntable offered to musicians: Turntablism, which is the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using direct- drive turntables and a DJ mixer: the record player becomes a musical instrument. DJ use turntable to mix and samples. This installation would also be a homage to this art.
Combination of both
Edison was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. From this information we can easy imagine and justify that these 2 concept could become a single one.