This was the first UK presentation of the award-winning sound art installation Yokomono by Staalplaat Soundsystem. The installation is inspired by the experience of driving a car close to the Funkturm (Radio and TV Tower) in Berlin, passing quickly in and out of different radio signals. Yokomono consists of four toy car record players and a corresponding set of FM radios. The cars, known as vinyl killers, have been customized with wireless FM transmitters. As they spin around the vinyl, they transmit their signal to the radios, which are tuned to a special Yokomono frequency.
By arranging the radios in groups it is possible to explore the architectural dimensions of the gallery space. An unstable sonic space is created as the vinyl killers run on batteries that will slow down during the installation, but not necessarily at the same rate. Described as an “eclectic mix of techno culture and sound art installation”, Staalplaat Soundsystem use radio technology in a playful way to create a unique and adventurous installation.
Staalplaat Soundsystem presented a live performance version of their Yokomono installation at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, following the AV Festival 08 opening gala performance of John Cage’s Variations VII.
Staalplaat Soundystem was initiated by Geert-Jan Hobijn, founder of the Staalplaat music label and Carsten Stabenow founder of the Garage media art festival in Germany. Their work has been presented internationally at major festivals including Sonar, Barcelona; Transmediale, Berlin; and Mutek, Montreal. In 2006 Yokomono received a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention Digital Musics.
Co-curated by alt.gallery and AV Festival 08. UK Premiere.