Here in the Conning Tower we’re entering another one of our fabled busy periods; this Friday sees the release of Whettman Chelmets fuzz-drenched shoegaze maxi-single Alas… the Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive (see previous blog post), followed on Monday by a new album by multi-media artist Hans Castrup.
Das 7. Siegel (The Seventh Seal) is a recreation of the soundscape from Hans Castrup’s audio-visual installation, exhibited at Museumsquartier Osnabrück in 2017 as part of its exhibition “Dürer und Ich – ein Künstlertreffen“.
The original work comprised a triptych of paintings, with audio exciters attached to the canvasses, transforming the paintings into giant loudspeakers. These speakers were then fed with two overlapping instrumental loops of different lengths from two CD players. Each day the CDs would be paused and restarted the following day so that each day’s performance would be unique.
While we’re not able to provide the triptych of paintings to act as loudspeakers, Hans has recreated a mix of the two audio loops interplaying against each other and captured this on CD. We are presenting the CD in a deluxe metal box, with one of Hans’ paintings on the front cover, and two further paintings on an accompanying leaflet, which supplies more details about the exhibition and Hans’ installation.
But that’s not all…
Hans has made six original new pieces of art to celebrate the album’s launch. These pieces are designs painted in acrylic on CD bases. You can buy one of these stunning works exclusively from the SubCastCo merch store. They’re incredibly beautiful and absolutely unique. Four of the six designs are illustrated below: