scratch my vinyl creates record portraits of famous artists
scratch my vinyl creates record portraits of famous artists scratch my vinyl creates record portraits of famous artists
oct 09, 2013

scratch my vinyl creates record portraits of famous artists

scratch my vinyl create record portraits of famous artists
all images courtesy of scratch my vinyl




influenced by old records that are damaged by scratches, designer monica franceschi of scratch my vinyl, wanted turn this negative process into a creative tool. the series ‘I always wanted to cut a record’ features portraits of famous artists scratched onto vinyl. a material that is also known as microgroove, it is a medium that stores signals in an analogue sound format – it has become a well known symbol that connects people to music. seeking to give the pieces a new future, the surface of the microgroove is scratched even further to bring out the light-toned images of beloved musicians.



portrait of louis armstrong made by scratching a used vinyl record with a nail, the label is painted with acrylic



detail showing the scratches on the old vinyl



a record with both its sides dedicated to jón pór birgisson



side 1 of the jón pór birgisson record



side 2 of the jón pór birgisson record



a detail showing the scratching technique



a record about billie holiday known also by the nickname lady day



a record with both sides dedicated to johnny cash



side 2 full view of johnny cash



record dedicated to thom jorke



detail showing the scratching technique



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  • I like these approaches to the vinyl medium, where the experience of the vinyl itself is preserved. Artist Daniel Edlin takes a somewhat similar approach in this regard, except that his lights are created with dots of paint rather than scratches. Nevertheless, there is a wonderful and whimsical collection of musical instruments on vinyl record by Holly Jackson that unapologetically covers the entire surface with acrylic. Here is Holly’s “Tuba”! Tuba by Holly Jackson

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