Musician and artist Ted Riederer combines his love for art and music in this clever repurposing of vinyl records. Using a plaster skull mold, he places the vinyl on top and melts it, so that when the plaster is removed, he has a vinyl cranium, which can then be stacked into a pyramid of skulls! The series is called Primal Sound. Riederer’s artworks all share a musical theme and he has brilliantly come up with many ways to recycle phonograph records. An MFA graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC, the 33 year old artist has shown his work all over the U.S.A and internationally.
Ted Riederer explains the idea behind Primal Sound:
My work aims to explore the symbols of music, and music communities, for their redemptive power. When I was 16, my life fell apart, I joined a band and was saved. The vinyl skulls are based on a nonfiction essay by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke entitled ‘Primal Sound.’ In this essay he ponders what sound the coronal suture would make as it closely resembles a sound wave. He proposes that this process of combining what seems like disparate elements initially to create something that the world has never heard, is a model for making good art.
Ted Riederer gives an overview of the record process. It starts at 1:56.
H/T to Christoph