The Trevor Jackson revival is on! Yep, the designer, music producer, film maker, one time record label owner and Playgroup man is back. Last week saw the release of ‘F O R M A T’ his new album. A unique art project where each of the 12 tracks have been released across 12 formats ranging from 12″ vinyl to 8-track cartridge and reel to reel tape.
To celebrate the launch a very short exhibition was held in Soho, London. The location to be precise was the lower level of the multi-storey car park on Brewer Street.
One darkened room was set aside and featured 12 plinths, each with 2 pairs of headphones, where you could listen to each track whilst watching the format play before you. A spinning 12″ vinyl, a rotating cassette, the volume meters on an eight track or the visual patterns from iTunes and a USB. All beautifully shot on corresponding short films.
The formats were available to buy. The 12″ vinyl being the most popular, mainly because it was the most affordable. A framed reel to reel was something like £2500. I came away with nothing other then the urge to hear the whole album in full as soon as possible.
In the meantime you’ll just have to make do with re-educating yourselves on all things Trevor Jackson. Like the time he took a full page ad out in Vice to have a moan / dig at his artists. Read that and have a listen to some music from Output Recordings, his old label.