Vinyl Rally (2013)

Lucas Abela (AU)
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9.05 – 30.06.2013

Vinyl Rally  is a large—scale installation. Classic first person video racing is simulated as remote control cars with styli attached, race across a track constructed from a mass of disused vinyl records. Transmitting sound (produced as the styli skim along the vinyl surface) and vision (from wireless spy cameras mounted to each car) to reengineered old school racing consoles with immersive 50 inch flat screens. Here, players navigate the course from the vehicles point of view, not only controlling the cars’ movement, but also the parameters of the resulting sounds they create via a series of unique audio effects mounted onto the dashboard (by Last Gasp Laboratories) giving each car its own distinct aural flavour. These sounds are emitted from speakers built into the seats causing them to vibrate in correspondence with the movements on screen, producing a personally immersive experience aurally, visually and physically that can only be truly appreciated seated at the controls.

Lucas Abela (b. 1972 in Sydney) — founder of dualpLOVER, organisation that promotes, tours and releases stark music from Australia and Abroad. After a long performance career, his ideas have recently crossed over into sound installation with works like Vinyl Rally (RC cars raced on vinyl), Mix Tape (accessible audio tape) and Pinball Pianola (Pinball / Piano hybrid) that highlight his desire to create interactive installations for musical plays.

Initially classed as a turntablist, his work has rarely resembled anything in the field. Early feats saw him stabb vinyl with Kruger style stylus, bound on electro-acoustic trampolines, perform deaf defying duet duels with amplified samurai swords, hospitalised by high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors.

Today, these turntable roots have become almost unrecognisable, evolving into his infamous glass instrument, the shards being nothing more than a giant diamond tipped stylus you vibrate with your mouth. He has been perfecting the instrument since it’s invention in 2003, performing internationally as Justice Yeldham and with his glass / drums / piano trio, Rice Corpse.

He performed worldwide, at Transmediale (Berlin, 2004, 2013) and Biennale of Sydney (2010), among others.

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