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Steve Beresford and Shezad Dawood collaborate for Op50

A new London based sonic arts organisation, Op50, kicks off its commissioning schedule with a collaboration between Steve Beresford and film maker and artist Shezad Dawood (who wrote an inner sleeve for The Wire 354).

The piece is based around Olivier Messiaen's chromatic scales, and to record it Beresford was asked to improvise while staring at Duchamp's Nude Descending A Staircase. Dawood recites poems by Stéphane Mallarmé and Edgar Allan Poe while listening to a recrding of Duchamp's The Creative Act on headphones.

The piece is released on vinyl, in an edition of 200, and a 12 minute excerpt will be installed at Dawood's exhibition at Parasol Unit, running until 25 May.