"With the prevalence of digital media continuously growing, externalized sites of recollection become ever more insecure. Jean Paul’s aphorism, stating that “memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be expelled,” could be amended by adding, “unless all storage media are destroyed.” The sound-installation SUSTAINABLE SKIP STORAGE, by German artist Thomas Baldischwyler, consists of three Technics SL-1900 turntables, built into a wooden structure and protected by a translucent cover. Baldischwyler selected defective plastic sound media from his collection and had random "skips" from three of the most heavily damaged CDs (Ornette Coleman's THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME, Erik Satie's 3 GYMNOPÉDIES & OTHER PIANO WORKS and Aphex Twins's SELECTED AMBIENT WORKS VOLUME II) cut into one extra-hard acrylic record each. All direct-to-disc recordings ended after twelve minutes, and so the recordings of the reading errors were of equal length. The installation's three record players are equipped with a “repeat” function, and the audio signal is fed through three phono preamps into small desktop speakers. They run continually, except for short breaks to allow for cleaning the styli. The arrangement is embedding the recorded skips into a composition that is continuously updated. This vinyl disc presents the mixdown of the three audio tracks."
Arthur Boto Conley, Basel, 2013
released May 1, 2013