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Friday, February 09, 2007

Creaky 78rpm Records, Old Cylinders, Gramophones
Meets High-Tech at the Exploratorium:
Seattle's Climax Golden Twins Perform on Saturday, February 17 at 1pm

The development of recording that took place at the end of the 19th century signified big changes in society. It marked the end of the oral tradition and signaled the beginnings of the information age. Now deep in that age, Seattle's Climax Golden Twins fuse both worlds by creating live, improvised performances that uses the sights and sounds from recordings made during those early days. They abstract and process those creaky 78rpm records, cylinders and gramophones while presenting a collage film of early recording's visual ephemera. It all takes place at the Exploratorium on Saturday, February 17 at 1pm in the Exploratorium's McBean Theater. Source material for their performance includes home recorded acetates, historical speeches and sermons, comedy, jazz, folk, pop, classical and traditional music from all over the world from the first part of the 20th century. This performance is presented in conjunction with Listen: Making Sense of Sound, a major new exhibit collection at the Exploratorium. Both the event and the exhibition are included with admission to the Exploratorium.

Climax Golden Twins is a duo composed of Robert Millis and Jeffrey Taylor. They have composed materials for NPR, scored for film and television, curated compilations of Asian music, created gallery and museum installations, and released LPs, CDs and DVDs on a variety of labels including Anomalous Records (Lovely) and Sublime Frequencies (Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan). An upcoming project will include selections from their collections of 78rpm records played on period machines.


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