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ScrapCycle

January 2009

Hear music by mpld and Bryan Eubanks

Hear music by mpld aka Gill Arnò and Bryan Eubanks who performed at ScrapCycle, New York, reviewed by Kurt Gottshalk in the current issue.

Tracks above include:

mpld - Stereoscopic ph2
Amplified and processed slide projectors. Recorded by Gill Arnò at Fotofono in Brooklyn.
Exclusive mix for The Wire. The original version of this track appeared on "One more episode in between recollection and amnesia", a limited edition of 10 cds and books published by Unframed for the show "A fold in the fabric" at LMAKprojects, NY, in 2006. Courtesy of Unframed Recordings.

mpld - Red tape
Amplified and processed slide projectors. Recorded by Gill Arnò at Fotofono in Brooklyn.
Originally appeared as a 3-track set with two locked grooves on "vp - vf is vn", 7" released by winds measure recordings, 2008.
Courtesy of winds measure recordings.

mpld - fb song
Amplified and processed slide projectors. Recorded by Gill Arnò at Fotofono in Brooklyn.

The image above titled "779 birthdates" is a piece of work created by Marie Evelyn, the organiser of the event, who heads up a small nonprofit collective called ScrapCycle. Their aim - to find new uses for discarded and recouped materials.

In Marie's own words:

"779 birthdates" is comprised of 779 plastic bread tabs on a 36" x 60" canvas. The associated online project, "bread", consists of a webpage which displays a portion of "779 birthdates" and contains hotspots which reveal birthdates and (in some cases) names upon mouse-rollover. The project seeks to map birthdays to all 779 of the bread-tab's expiration-dates. People are invited to visit the site and look around for their birthdate and, if found, to submit their name and date-of-birth. The submitted information is then be added to the page so that, when people rollover a tab listing that birthdate, the associated name will be displayed ..thus humanizing each tab.

Both "779 birthdates" and the associated "bread" project reference the famous quote by Stalin which states that "a single death is a tragedy; a thousand deaths is a statistic." It can be difficult for someone so fortunate as myself to conceive of world hunger in a personal way: Hunger has a shape but, just like the tabs, all of the personal stories of each human affected are squashed together into a large pattern. I thought that by attaching a name and birthdate to each tab, it would help me see each tab and each life as unique and real.

I hope to sell "779 birthdates" for the US dollar equivalent of 779 loaves of bread so that I can donate all proceeds to Millennium Villages -- an organization working to support sustainable agriculture.

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