Yokomono at alt.gallery from 28 february – 5 April, as part of the AV Festival in Newcastle 2008.
This is the first UK presentation of the award winning sound art installation Yokomono by Staalplaat Soundsystem. The installation is inspired by the experience of driving in a car close to the Funkturm (Radio and TV Tower) in Berlin, passing quickly in and out of different radio signals.
Yokomono consists of four toy car record players and a corresponding set of FM radios. The cars, known as vinyl killers, have been customized with wireless FM transmitters. As they spin around the vinyl, they transmit their signal to the radios which are tuned to a special Yokomono frequency.
By arranging the radios in groups it is possible to explore the architectural dimensions of the gallery space. Some radios are also mounted on a miniature train, literally driving through the interfering frequencies. An unstable sonic space is created as the vinyl killers run on batteries that will slow down during the installation, but not necessarily at the same rate.
Described as an â€˜eclectic mix of techno culture and sound art installationâ€™, Staalplaat Soundsystem use radio technology in a playful way to create a unique and adventurous installation.
Russian documentation on AV08 with staalplaat soundsystem in it for all that speak Russian