James Kelly: Vinyl Record Cutting as Compositional Tool – Exhibition in Northampton

Vinyl Record Cutting asa Compositional Tool
An exhibition by James Kelly

Avenue Gallery, Northampton
19-29 January
Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

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Lecturer in Popular Music

James Kelly, presents his practice-led research which identifies a methodology for music composition that employs vinyl disc cutting as a compositional tool. As a turntablist for the last 15 years, James’ music explores the remixing of vinyl using DJ scratch techniques for the creation of new music. The project presented at the Avenue Gallery takes his compositional approach in new directions by utilising a disc cutting lathe - a machine which is traditionally used in the manufacture of records. 

The mechanism and limitations of the lathe itself is used as an artistic tool to shape the music. The exhibition presents an archive of vinyl records cut during the research process to exemplify a number of experimental disc cutting techniques. James will be introducing his research and performing a live remix of his records in the gallery space during the private view.

Turntable Music Symposium: 28 January

The Turntable Music Symposium and performances will take place in the gallery on the 28th of January with guest speakers Karin Weissenbrunner (City University) and Lisa Busby (Goldsmiths).

10am Karin Weissenbrunner, Performances of Experimental Turntablism
11am James Kelly, Vinyl Disc Cutting as a Compositional Tool
1pm Lisa Busby, De-skill and Scavenge: New Recipes For Songs workshop
7pm Concert with performances from James Kelly and Lisa Busby

A Visit from the Demolition Project - 26-27/1: Soundwalk & Workshop!

UPDATE: Room number incorrect. CL0.19, not CL00.19

Following a highly engaging talk at last year's Art & Sound Symposium, participants 'The Demolition Project' are visiting Leicester to undertake an exploratory soundwalk tonight (26/01/16), followed by a workshop (27/01/16) whereby participants demolish local areas of the city by cutting from a map – providing a strong rationale as they go. All are welcome!


The Demolition Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Alisa Oleva and Debbie Kent that makes work reimagining cities through walking, map-making and participation. Becoming increasingly interested in using sound, The Demolition Project will take participants around Leicester on a soundwalk, later providing the opportunity to demolish it artistically.

They will also deliver a talk about their work on Wednesday 27/1 in CL0.19.


Attendees are encouraged to bring their own recording devices to capture sounds throughout the soundwalk!

Tuesday 26 Jan 2016
Commencing from Campus Centre, De Montfort University
6PM - Pub

Talk & Workshop
Wednesday 27 Jan 2016
0.19 Clephan Building,
De Montfort University
12 - 2:30PM

EVENT SERIES: META-4 – Sound Chimeras, 20/1

Welcome to the first Music, Technology and Innovation concert of 2016!

Live electronics, improvisation, feedback, audiovisuals, and more. With works and performances by some of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)'s many talented MTI undergraduates, including:

1 - Harry Smith: 'Salvaged Space'

2 - Tim Baker - Microphone Feedback Extension

3 - Silo - Free Improvisation
Depository of musical events yet to be realized

George Stavridis - Percussion, Electronics 
Brendan Smith - Electric Guitar
George Mizithras - No-input mixer, Laptop
Julie Reboul - Piano 

4 - Calum Vaughan: Modulations and Mechanisms

Wednesday 20 January 2016
PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester.
Doors 7PM

Free entry!