cutting record — a record without (or with) prior acoustic information

kazuhiro jo

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper, we present a method to produce analog records with standardvector graphics software (i.e. Adobe Illustrator) and two different types ofcutting machines: laser cutter, and paper cutter. The method enables us toengrave wave forms on a surface of diverse materials such as paper, wood,acrylic, and leather without or with prior acoustic information (i.e. digitalaudio data). The results could be played with standard record players. Wepresent the method with its technical specification and explain our initialtrials with two performances and a workshop. The work examines the role ofmusical reproduction in the age of personal fabrication. —p.s. If it’s possible, we also would like to submit the work for performanceand workshop.A video of performance < it contains information on the authorshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbCLe06P7j0