- Title: Yokomono 2
- Artists: Anton Nikilae, Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Charlemagne Palestine, Christian Fennesz, Fm3, Ignaz Schick, Ilpo Vaisanen, Justin Bennett, Phill Niblock, Radian, Tim Hecker
- Label: Staalplaat
- Format: LP
- Genres: Compilation, Experimental Electronic, Electro-Acoustic, Drone, Ambient, Sound Art
- Price: €12,00EU (incl. 19% VAT)€10,08non-EU
"This is the second Staalplaat Soundsystem LP made for Yokomono.
One side of this record the Staalplaat Soundsystem has made 55 loops of digital silence. The deterioration and damaging will generate the sound. Vinyl live so to say. For the other side we have invited 11 other artist to make 5 loops: Anton Nikkilä, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Charlemagne Palestine, Christian Fennesz, fm3, Ignaz Schick, Ilpo Vaisanen, Justin Bennett, Phill Niblock, Radian and Tim Hecker.
Yokomono is the Staalplaat Mono Erosive Surround Sound Installation.
The present setup consists of 10 vinyl killers - toy car record players, each customised with its own fm transmitter. The sound will come through a set of radios that receives the signal transmitted by the vinyl killers You might think Yokomono is just a DJ set with 10 turntables, and in a way that is correct but in many more ways Yokomono is completely different. First of all; each killer is mono and has poor sound quality, but much more Yokomono is very hard to handle, you can not really select a track or make it stop when you want to, its more putting the needle down blindfolded. The real difference starts when you realise each killer runs on batteries, meaning the speed is unstable and it will slow down during the concert, the fact that the batteries run out will not only effect the speed but it will effect the fm frequency that the killer is transmitting too, making Yokomono unstable on different levels. The fact that we transmit with 10 fm transmitters at the same time means that each transmitter is effecting the other. These interferences and the unstable media that are transmitting makes the whole set unpredictable and hard to control, making Yokomono unique and adventures. Yokomono exists in two main versions:
For the installation: we bring over two hundred radios. As each killer will play its own record (locked groove records made by us for the installation) it opens up a separate audio stream. We thereby generate and control a 10-channel sound system. By arranging the radios in 10 groups it becomes possible to explore the architectural dimensions of the space. Some radios are tuned to the same frequency, here we use small battery operated radios on sets of the train models to map the transmission in the space, for it will drive in and out the interfering frequencies."