The Lost Vinyl crops up
The Deus Gallery in Canggu ripped the curtains off of an incredible exhibition by Jason Sims, entitled
FOR THE LOVE OF VINYL, THE MISSING RECORDS
Not only visually arresting the exhibition also took us through two countries oppressions.
In Jamaica, ‘Dub Plate’ Records or ‘Soft-Wax’ were getting cut straight from pioneering Reggae recording studios (& later Rap & EDM). They were often circulated just amongst other musicians & friends, never going into mass production & prized for their exclusivity.
On the other side of the world, during the fifties, sixties and seventies, the Russian black market made improvised recordings on real medical X-rays, purchased or picked up from the trash from hospitals and clinics. The X-rays were cut into 7-inch discs and the centre hole was made by burning it with a cigarette. They were known as Ribs or Bones and were often circulated amongst musicians, bands & friends. With them, these fragile disks carried not only their musical content but an oppressed peoples hope, their relationships, aspirations, inspirations, delusions, luck, talent and everything else that was out of reach to the common people’s hands.
These are Jason’s visual interpretation of the experiences culminating in the capture of those few minutes in time…
…in both cases, those ideals were cut into records, that within 5-20 plays, would wear-out & disappear altogether, forever…