In 2017 I was commissioned to create an interactive oral history exhibit for the Bristol MShed Museums’ major summer exhibition, Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound in 2017. Through the exhibitions community advisory panel ask a series of fans, artists and producers from across seven decades of Bristol music to answer one question:
Tell us about a piece of music that means something to you.
Working with a radio broadcast recordist a professional portrait photographer and undergraduate student Josh Greenidge. I created a set of seven vinyl records with a portrait of the interviewee on the front, a recording of their interview on the A-side, and the track they discuss on the B-side.
Visitors to the M-Shed’s Seven Decades of Bristol Music exhibition could dig through the records, choose one and listen to it on the provided Technics 12010’s while sitting comfortably in a big armchair. The aim here was to get people to listen and engage in oral history recordings by making use of the tangibility of vinyl. The museum recorded ~250,000 unique visitors to the exhibition over the duration of the show. An edition of the records was purchased for the M-Shed’s permanent collection.
Editions of the individual and complete sets of the dubplates are available for purchase on request.