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LIGHTBORNE, MICHAEL - Sounds of the Projection Box

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Gruenrekorder GRUEN 177
Release Year: 2018
Note: lovely concept / sound art album with recordings of analogue/35mm 'Cinema Projection Boxes' (now that most Cinemas have converted into digital), made in UK 2016-2017 ==> the noises coming from inside the projection machines, different functions of it and captured through various recording techniques and at various places... excellent full-colour gatefold design with printed inner sleeves, and extensive liner notes about the phenomenon...
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These recordings, made in 2016 and 2017, document the shifting sonic texture of the cinema projection box, as it changes from 35mm to digital projection. By 2014, the majority of UK cinemas had already converted to digital, making many projectionists redundant, and quietly altering the way that cinema works, as both an industry and an experience. Very few cinemas maintain the ability to project 35mm film alongside digital, and it was in some of the remaining, tenacious boxes that I sought the persistent sounds of analogue projection.

The unique space that this album investigates is simultaneously a workshop, an engine room, and an artists studio. The projection box is a small room at the back of the cinema auditorium that conceals both the apparatus of the moving image, and the labour of the projectionist, ensuring that both remain invisible, and inaudible, to the cinema-goer.

This album was developed as part of The Projection Project, a research project based in the Film and Television Studies Department at the University of Warwick, which seeks to record and investigate the history of cinema projection in Britain. A special issue of the Journal of British Cinema And Television Studies (Vol 15, No 1, 2018), edited by members of The Projection Project, features a number of articles about the history of British cinema projection and the work of the projectionist in Britain, through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It includes an article entitled Sounds of the Projection Box: Liner Notes for a Phonographic Method, which augments this album, and elaborates upon the theoretical and methodological rationale for the use of sonic field recording as a mode of enquiry.

All of the images that accompany this record were made by Richard Nicholson. Some of them form part of a series of portraits entitled The Projectionists.

Side A

1. The thing
2. Making up the thing

3. Breaking down the thing
4. Lacing and Rolling Rear Window (error correction)

Side B

1. Hyde Park electromagnetic
2. The noise
3. Manual rewind
4. The Electric
5. The tower (death rattle)
6. Digital light

10 Tracks (43′30″)
Vinyl (500 copies)