Last month artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive), whose work is included in our exhibition FOUND, collaborated with musician Leafcutter John for a very special live performance. Using sounds from Carl Orff’s 1958 vinyl record Music for Children, chosen by Eileen and Ben for inclusion in FOUND, Leafcutter John played an exclusive live set assembled from these collected sounds featuring xylophones, glockenspiels, drum hits, crashing cymbals and fragments of children’s voices. This brand new track is now available to listen to on the artist’s Soundcloud page.
Eileen Simpson and Ben White found Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman’s 1958 vinyl record Music for Children in the personal record collection of architect Luis Barragán, whilst on a residency in Mexico City in 2012. The record works as a kind of audio source code for teaching music to children, in the mode of play. Treating the found record as an artefact and object to be excavated, the artists have detected, extracted and separated sounds from the original vinyl record. Although the complete rights to the music remain in copyright until 2061, copyright-expired sounds have been freed by dissecting copyright-controlled elements to generate a ‘public sonic inventory’. This inventory contains thousands of samples from Music for Children and has been released into the public domain for reuse and pressed onto vinyl for our exhibition FOUND.