Thursday, November 07, 2013

Voodoo Ray steel

"Jeremy Deller's acclaimed exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale runs from 1st June to 24th November 2013. In conjunction, The Vinyl Factory are excited to announce a collaboration with Deller on the musical soundtrack to the Turner Prize-winning artist's acclaimed new film, exhibited at the British Pavilion.

The soundtrack is a composition of three classic British songs; 'Symphony in D Minor' by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 'Voodoo Ray' by A Guy Called Gerald and 'The Man Who Sold The World' by David Bowie - covered by the Melodians Steel Orchestra, an English/Trinidadian steel band, based in South London.

Released and produced by The Vinyl Factory, the three-track ‘English Magic’ EP is out now. There is also a limited triple vinyl edition of 300 copies, hand-signed and numbered by Deller with record sleeve artwork created by the artist, including a 10x10” photographic print hand-tipped on the front cover.

AND then there's the Optimo remix of this version of Voodoo Ray, out Nov 11. And below that, David Bowie gets the steel drum treatment.

The soundtrack was recorded at Abbey Road, in keeping with the British theme. The Melodians Steel Orchestra played live at both the Pavilion’s official inauguration on the 29 May and later that evening at The Vinyl Factory & British Council party on the Isla Vignole, Venice.

Below: Jeremy Deller discusses his show and accompanying EP “English Magic”, offering a glimpse of the making of the record at Abbey Road studios.

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