Spring 2017
Turn Table Drawings
By Jon Fischer and DANNY CLAY
“Observations indicate that things are always made of smaller things, leading to the unanswerable question: what is the smallest thing? A loop-like model of the universe may avoid this problem."
-S.J. Manetta 1905
Records
  • Oroville record| Hand molded LP of nine tracks cosine tones (2:00 each) | Urethane resin, aluminum, dye | 12" diameter | 2017
  • Sine wave record (close up).| Custom record consisting of 9 tracks of pure tones (2:00 each) | 12" diameter | 2016
  • Hand molded copy of The Jewel of the Nile. (Billy Ocean: 1985) | Cast Urethane Resin | 12 in record | 2016
  • Turntables with custom sine wave records, guitar tuners
  • Score for piano | screen print, pen, dowels, nylod cord | 24 x 60 inches
  • Score for piano (closeup) | Danny Clay and Jon Fischer|screen print, pen, dowels, nylod cord | 24 x 60 inches
  • Guitar score (left) and sine wave record transcription (right) | > Danny Clay and Jon Fischer
  • Guitar score (left) and sine wave record transcription (right) | > Danny Clay and Jon Fischer
  • Turntables with custom sine wave records, guitar tuners, piano, scrolled score | Danny Clay and Jon Fischer
  • Assortment of playable test records. | Danny Clay and Jon Fischer
  • Hand molded copy of The Jewel of the Nile. (Billy Ocean: 1985) | Cast Urethane Resin | 12 in record | 2016
  • Hand molded copy of The Jewel of the Nile. (Billy Ocean: 1985) | Cast Urethane Resin | 12 in record | 2016
Description: A loop-based composition for piano, guitar, custom made sine wave records, & three turntables. Designed to create an environment and be performed for an indefinite duration, it was first performed during my 2016 Open Studios visual art exhibition at The Pacific Felt Factory in San Francisco.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT:  This is the first phase of a project supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission to create three phonograph-like apparatuses that generate sounds from a collection of interchangeable, revolving sculptures based on geological landscapes of California. They will function as both (1) instruments played in a musical performance, and (2) works of public art that invite participation in a lobby, airport, or museum. A collaboration with San Francisco musician Danny Clay, the project will conclude with performances at the Center for New Music during the 2016-17 season. 
Danny Clay is a composer / sound artist / teaching artist / general noise-maker from Ohio, currently based in San Francisco. His work utilizes musical games, open forms, found objects, archival media, toy instruments, classroom collaborations, graphic notation, digital errata, cross-disciplinary research, and the everything-in-between. Recent collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Sarah Cahill, Phyllis Chen, Third Coast Percussion, Friction Quartet.
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Shows
Turntable Drawing Thirteen

with Danny Clay

Part of the UNSEEN series
curated by Matt Fisher

Gray Area
2665 Mission St
(b/t 22nd & 23rd)

ONE NIGHT ONLY:
Friday March 24 8-11 PM
Our set: 8:30-9:15

Tickets

Turntable Drawing Thirteen is an immersive sound installation of handmade records played alongside live instrumental musicians. Part sculptural sketch, part three-dimensional print, each record is part of a wide-ranging collection formed using a variety of techniques and materials. Records are imprinted with mathematical textures, original recorded material, or direct casts of existing LPs that include some of history’s earliest recorded sounds. Visitors are invited to play the records or simply explore the space as the sounds unfold. Adapting a central inquiry of printmaking, the project investigates the possibilities of music as a physical print--a tactile imprint of an original source.

Gray Area’s quarterly UNSEEN Series programs site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists presented in 8 channel surround sound, with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs.

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"Startup Art Fair"

with Danny Clay

Hotel del Sol
3100 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA
OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday April 28 7:00 - 10:00 PM


EXHIBITION:
Friday, April 28: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 29: Noon - 9:00 PM
Sunday, April 30: Noon - 7:00 PM
Sanctuary City: With Liberty and Justice for Some

co-curated by
Monica Lundy & Walter Maciel

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery 401 Van Ness Avenue Suite 126 San Francisco

OPENING RECEPTION: Sat March 25th, 6-8 PM
EXHIBITION: Sat March 25 - Sat April 08
free

Featuring the work of several contemporary artists who have been invited to create portraits of immigrants to the United States. The show is a statement on the many fears surrounding the announcement of our new president and a response rejecting policies that threaten to disrupt basic civil rights. The show kicks-off a year of SFAC programming focusing on San Francisco's status as a "sanctuary city".

Visual Works
Music
Turntable Drawing E.P
Danny Clay & Jon Fischer
Loop-based composition for piano, guitar, custom made sine wave records, & three turntable performed by Danny Clay and Jon Fischer. Four tracks recorded at The Pacific Felt Factory in San Francisco.
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