CR….. is a comprehensive project based on three performances at Code Rood in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Preceding the performances 120 unique 7″ discs were made. Using masking tape, sand paper, cardboard, plastic and many other materials, Jeroen Diepenmaat made discs that look good graphically, but above all make interesting sounds when played on a record player.
The turntables are enhanced with white horns with long needles. These are used to play the discs, according to a code. Each disc has a unique code on the cover that instructs the players how to play the disc: at what speed, with which needle and how many laps.
During the three performances each disc is used only once. Together, the four players use 40 discs for one performance. This makes each performance unpredictable and different.
After the performance the used discs are for sale. Now the codes on the cover not only function as a score for the players, but also as a download code for the buyer. By sending the code you get the recordings and photographs of the three performances. This way the disc is an instrument, a piece of art and an audio carrier at the same time.
But even when you weren’t able to buy discs at Code Rood that day, you can still order individual discs online now, including a download for all the audio and photo’s made during the three performances.
Take a closer look at the discs: jeroendiepenmaat.nl/portfolio/cr22. If you have a favorite, you can mention the red code with your order. You will get that copy. The discs with a red dot are already gone.
Warning & disclaimer: these discs were played with special equipment, they will most likely wreck your turntable’s stylus.