It still haunts me like a good nightmare, and I try in vain to recover the impression

by Maja S. K. Ratkje / Kristian Skylstad

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Limited to only 24 copies, each set of this special art edition consists of an acid-free, lignin-free museum grade tape reel box measuring 11-3/8 x 11-3/8 x 7/8 inches with metal reinforced corners, with unique artwork applied directly to each box by Kristian Skylstad. The box is protected by a sleeve made from high-clarity, virgin polyethylene that has passed the Photo Activity Test as being safe for long-term storage.

Inside the box is an archival record envelope made from 10pt. thick, acid-free buffered folder stock, housing a lathe cut 10 inch clear polycarbonate plastic record without labels, manufactured by Peter King in New Zealand, with assistance from Antony Milton. It features a new composition by Maja S. K. Ratkje that is exclusive to this release and will not be reissued elsewhere ever. The lathe cut record can be played on any turntable used for vinyl records. Cutting a record on a record lathe is one of the oldest methods of sound recording. The sound is transferred down to a heavy needle which literally cuts the grooves into the record in real time, making the production time for each individual record the same as the playing time. The record has lower fidelity but higher longevity compared to a standard vinyl record.

Also included is a numbered and signed certificate designed by Bjørn Kjetil Johansen in Oslo and screen printed by Kjetil Brandsdal at Drid Machine in Stavanger. The record, sleeve and certificate are protected by a museum grade archival sleeve made from high-clarity mylar (polyester) that has passed the Photo Activity Test and has been approved by the Library of Congress as being safe for long-term storage.

More information on this release and the artists is available here: lydbilde.org/releases/maja-s-k-ratkje-kristian-skylstad/

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released October 25, 2014

Side A (7:57) / Side B (6:36)

Please play loud at 45 revolutions per minute.

Sound art composed, performed, recorded and produced by Maja S. K. Ratkje.
© 2014 Maja S. K. Ratkje. ℗ 2014 Lydbilde.

Visual art made individually for each box by Kristian Skylstad.
© 2014 Kristian Skylstad.

Curated by Petter Flaten Eilertsen and Bjørn Hatterud with Knut Blomstrøm.
Exhibited at Trafo kunsthall, Asker, Norway, October 25 – November 16, 2014.

Lathe cut records manufactured by Peter King. Thanks to Antony Milton for assistance.
Certificates designed by Bjørn Kjetil Johansen and screen printed by Kjetil Brandsdal at Drid Machine.
Boxes and sleeves supplied by Bags Unlimited.

Released with financial support from the Audio and Visual Fund and the Norwegian Cultural Fund.

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