p.64 Make Ready Peter Maybury ISBN 978 0 9566293 3 3, Gall editions, 2015
Recorded music has recently separated from physical artifact. Rather than own a tangible object onto which we can project emotional ties, we pay for a usage license, or don’t pay at all. The material connection between sound and the physical object is removed, in the same way as recording removed sound from the performer and performance location. A lot of what music is about is being there (Sonic Youth and Nirvana at the Top Hat). Yet while we’re there, we’re compelled to record it. Music culture and music consumption are at a transitional moment.
Underground (exhibition), 27 June – 6 July 2008, Road Records, Fade street, Dublin. Curated by Dennis McNulty / Peter Maybury. Photo courtesy Ros Kavanagh.