ishac bertran: analog vinyl sampling
ishac bertran: analog vinyl sampling ishac bertran: analog vinyl sampling
aug 22, 2011

ishac bertran: analog vinyl sampling

with ‘vinyl analog sampling’, ishac bertran cuts and reassembles records, generating built-in mix tracks.

barcelona-born, copenhagen-based designer ishac bertran turns vinyl records into their own sampled mix tracks with ‘vinyl analog sampling’, a project in which he cuts out and reassembles segments of different records.

after much experimentation with the technique of cutting and appropriate size and shape of the pieces, bertran settled upon using a laser cutter to remove relatively large segments of the records (here, paul anka, supertramp, lil jon and chicago discs, all of which had the same vinyl thickness of 1.2mm) in a common pattern. he then chooses which pieces to swap into which records, snapping them in after first taping them to adjust their height for the proper fit.

when played in a vinyl player the needle follows the grooves across these inserted segments, creating sampled tunes or loops. as influences for the project, bertran cites a drive to emulate the ‘cut and paste’ technique for audio tapes, used by early electronic musicians like delia derbyshire for looping tracks, alongside an interest in the relationship between the physical and the digital.


video documentation of the process, and footage of the records being played (1:32)

paul anka record with samples

laser cutting the original records

a cut record

to make reassembly simpler, bertran cut the same patterns out of each record

the vinyls used in his final pieces, cut with segments removed

an early trial used smaller sections, which bertran taped to label and adjust for fit, but the disc  offered too ‘jumpy’ an effect

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

  • Wow how cool is this ! 😀

    NN says:
  • Might hurt your needles… 🙁

    Either way, vinyl is not dead

    Jax says:
  • Errr, doesn’t actually work.
    You need the mix to have the same radius as the patch & splice…. (that is why they invented tape).

    Remember, you can’t have art for art’s sake; if it doesn’t work or stand up to interrogation, then it isn’t art or design.

    But nothwithstanding, vinyl will never die.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • congrats! it´s amazing.

    diogo félix says:
  • Apparently mackenzie has never heard of dada, pop art or experimentation. No sweat. There will always be haters.

    It would be awesome if you could kill those gaps somehow. ?? Gingerly applied superglue?

    You should try out some offset spindle holes and maybe try a 33 1/3 a 45 and a 78 all together!

    Keep it up!

    DES says:
  • Oh! and remember nothing ever stands up to interrogation, art and design are for the end user and you can never please everyone at the same time or so they say. If it’s not for the end user than you are just making art for the sake of making it. Which there is nothing wrong with. For me it’s all about the process.

    DES says:
  • rubbish.. great in concept.. but doesn’t quite make it full circle (no pun intended)

    Johann says:
  • DES you’re the kind of person that will encourage your quadriplegic child to swim- come on – you’re not trying hard enough.. or rather “you’re doing it, you’re doing it! and then they drown.

    random says:
  • i do not understand what mackenzie is saying… because i see it works in the video…? i like it a lot, very creative… I also am thinking the project looks extra good if there are different colors records to put together!! (: maybe this does not exist. (:
    good works to ishac bertran.

    ib8t says:
  • Masturbation by the artist. Seems that not much thoughts are put into which part of the records are cut up and being patched together. He probably is claiming that he is creating a beauty born out of accident, not bound by human intention and norm, blah blah blah. He could have gone step deeper, but stopped at that shallow level. Laziness.

    yoshi says:

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