Remko Scha

Machine Guitars

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Gnashing, thrashing and teeming with enchanting microtones – Machine Guitars is the definitive recorded work of Remko Scha, although the late Dutch artist didn't play a single note himself. Rather, Scha arranged a motorized, rotating wire brush and saber saw in front of suspended electric guitars and let these metallic torrents flow.

Scha was a linguist and generative artist, enamored of computers' capacity for algorithmic creativity. A leading researcher at the University of Amsterdam, he also cofounded the famed arts-space Het Apollohuis in a former cigar-factory in 1980. This haven for intellectuals and underground autodidacts served as the recording studio for most of Machine Guitars (as well as Ellen Fullman's brilliant The Long String Instrument), which originally appeared in 1982 on the small Dutch label Kremlin.

Machine Guitars, as the critic Byron Coley has noted, ranks among the best of the era's minimalist-inspired, avant-garde guitar statements by Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham. The semiautonomous sound-making sculptures also evoke contemporaneous work by Christian Marclay. Scha's work falls somewhere between conceptual art and avant-garde music – a total revelation for minimalists and No Wave fans alike.

First-time vinyl reissue. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies on clear vinyl.

Remko Scha: Machine Guitars

Shake Remko Scha 5' 43''
Throb Remko Scha 4' 50''
Thrash Remko Scha 4' 55''
Switch Remko Scha 5' 03''
Stroke Remko Scha 4' 55''
Sweep Remko Scha 4' 05''
Slam Remko Scha 5' 01''
Brush Remko Scha 3' 58''

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