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Erik Satie’s piano miniature “Vexations” (1893) is deemed one of the most radical pieces in music history, and arguably the first conceptual composition ever. The playing instructions read: “In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.”

In May 2020, Wladimir Schall approached Gagarin Records with the idea to record the two minutes piece on an endless tape. This kind of cassette – originally manufactured for old answering machines – makes it possible to listen to the composition without pause.

A pause of joy or painful stalling.
This is the soundtrack of the year 2020.

Wladimir Schall is a conductor, orchestrator and Musique Concretist from Paris who is obsessed with loud silences, digital despair and Erik Satie. His research is at the intersection of conceptual art, intangible sculptures and the refining of acoustic non/senses. Touching both the fields of digital immediacy and analog evanescence, Mister Schall spreads Schall like Spores.


released December 17, 2020

Piano and idea: Wladimir Schall
Design: Meeuw


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Gagarin Records was founded on 24.6.1998 by Felix Kubin in telepathic alliance with Juri Gagarin. We release music that rains on your head from the distillery of the velvet void.

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