Recording Contract Recordings

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Recording Contract Recordings is a 14 channel sound installation that explores the absent “legal voice” that is the backbone of the commercial recording industry as well as the relationship of power that exists within systems for the distribution of sound and music. The work presents text from a recording contract in the form of a ‘spoken word’ vinyl record. The disc, which Devine recorded and had pressed, repeats constantly for the duration of the exhibit and is surrounded by a 12 channel composition derived from sine tones, vocal fragments and sounds related to the production processes of commercial music. The work is diffused throughout the gallery itself, including the toilets, as well as periodically into the public square outside, blurring the boundary between private and public space and rendering the gallery walls acoustically transparent.