OF TECHNIQUE: Chance Procedures on Turntable, 2012
I wrote the book to move forward and expand my sound practice outside of expanded turntablism. I do not believe in recording my live improvised sound pieces to sell which is why there are no full recordings of my work available for purchase. This is the first sound related release of my work since 2004.
By offering the reader an option of tearing out the illustrations from the book to use as flashcards to make their own turntable compositions, I wanted the reader to have the choice of how they wanted to keep the book intact. I liked the idea that an object could change without my knowing it, thereby giving the reader the freedom to make the artwork their own. It’s an object that has the potential to change.
Even though the book is practical in the contents, the book as a whole is an interactive art piece.
– Maria Chavez, 2012
Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable, by sound artist and abstract turntablist Maria Chavez is a how-to manual, documenting the past 10 years of her abstract turntable practice that was entirely developed through Chance Procedures. This book serves as Chavez’s first object about her sound work since 2004. Some essays are accompanied with illustrations by the artist that show the various hand positions of different vocabulary techniques and act as a guide for the reader who is encouraged to practice creating these techniques on a turntable. Images in the book are meant to be removed so the reader can create their own turntable compositions. By removing the illustrations, the book changes from a how-to manual into a piece of documentation about a specific abstract turntable practice developed over 10 years.
The book was written to serve as a marker of the first ten years of her work.
The first 25 copies of the edition of 100 books had a 1/8″ hole drilled through the center, forming a chance composition on each page.
Currently, the book is on it’s 4th print run and will be available via the Wire Magazine bookshop & other record stores around the world in Nov. 2014.
*Of Technique was printed locally on recycled paper using non-toxic inks and renewable wind-powered energy.*