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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mariam Rezaei



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a musical composition that has been published in its final definitive form by Fractal Meat Cuts, 2020.

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SKEEN was composed entirely under lockdown and is meant to be performed live. Using one Technics SL-1200 Mk5 and one Vestax Controller One turntable, the album manipulates each sound through a myriad of turntablist techniques, pushing the limitations of two hands on two decks with only two sounds to the brink. The album ruminates over the semantics and etymology of language used around and by people identifying with multiple ethnicities. It depicts the frighteningly casual attitude of racist right-wing politics in 2020 Britain and the nuances of white privilege coupled with regressive feminism found in everyday ‘lefty' online writing. From the composition of this album, a new ‘suspension theory’ for turntable composition is being developed. This borrows ideas from Stephen Hawking’s String Theory and ideas in materiality in music composition, vinyl records and artefacts. The method involves a matrix of composing materials for vinyl records, composing with particular turntable techniques for the specific materials which are then ‘suspended’ in a compositional structure, giving space for improvisation within a clearly defined framework.

Publication metadata

Composer(s): Rezaei M

Publication type: Musical Composition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2020

Publisher: Fractal Meat Cuts

Place Published: Bandcamp

Type of Work: Album