Two songs from the criminally underrated John Callaghan, both of which feature in remixed forms on his album, If Every Day Were Like This One. The title track is a beat-free harmonic vocal mantra, utilising only voice and effects. The b-side is a foreboding, claustrophobic drone piece – John counts down to zero, while an emotionless computer voice leaves listeners with an uncomfortable feeling that maybe they should have seized the day.
This is a lathe-cut mono 7” single, manufactured by Peter King in New Zealand. Each one is housed in a reprographic colour sleeve and plastic wallet, with a hand-knitted outer cover and embroidered name tag. The single comes with a Dropbox link to stereo versions of both songs in mp3 and 44.1kHz wav file formats. Although this was released some time ago, we have rarely had copies available for sale, due to problems sourcing the hand-knitted covers. We are extremely grateful to Carol Fuller, who has knitted us a fantastic new batch of covers, in a variety of patterns with some extremely wacky wool.
Lathe-cut records are made by cutting micro-grooves into a polycarbonate disc (the same material used for CDs) using a record lathe. The lathes are normally used in the vinyl record manufacturing process to cut the lacquer master discs used to create the metal stampers. The sound reproduction is not as accurate as with a vinyl pressing and there is noticeable surface noise, comparable to a flexi-disc (if you remember those). Although John has advertised this as a “self-disintegrating” record, polycarbonate discs are much more durable than acetate dubplates and are supposed to play more than 50 times without any appreciable loss of sound quality.
If you are wondering why they are so expensive, each record is cut in real-time, so there is no reduction in cost per unit. They then have to be shipped from New Zealand to the UK, incurring excise duty and VAT.
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