[spectre] New podcast: MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Steve Stapleton

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*New podcast:  MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Steve Stapleton*
The brainchild of Nurse with Wound shares the main features of a collection
that might help us understand the unorthodox nature of his own trajectory,
as influential as it is extensive.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-steve-stapleton/capsula
More info:

Steven Stapleton has always been linked to collecting records, oddities and
unclassifiable music memorabilia. Nurse with Wound’s first album, 'Chance
Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella',
included a list of 291 artists, composers, bands and easter eggs that had
contributed in some way or another to shaping the original spirit of the
trio (formed by Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heman Pathak). Almost forty
years later, the list is still a must for collectors of unusual music (in
1979 and, in many cases, still unusual today). A bizarre shopping list for
music lovers of the unknown and slightly unorthodox. Like Stapleton.

‘I wasn’t too keen on pop music, country music or reggae. But pretty much
anything else…’ Stapleton uses this bold statement to describe the
foundations of his obsession for collecting. A passion for accumulation
that, like his artistic career, transcends musical genres, media, scenes
and eras, while embracing all cultural artefacts remotely connected to the
multiple parameters of his palette of tastes and interests. Like the
catalogue of United Dairies, his record label, or the discography of Nurse
with Wound, his main vehicle for musical propagation since 1978,
Stapleton’s personal record collection is a puzzle of the unusual, a
monstrous assemblage of events and expressions, a tribute to sonic
diversity and to the eccentricity underlying each and every one of his
productions, designs and sculptures. Or his very collection. His multiple
collections, in fact: records, cacti, rare found objects, all accumulated
in his peculiar farmhouse in County Clare, Ireland. The sum of his
collections forms a larger collection that might, with luck, help us
understand and approach a character that seems incomprehensible by nature.

This episode of MEMORABILIA <http://rwm.macba.cat/en/memorabilia_tag> is
not only an open window onto the obsession for collecting of one of the
living legends of experimental music. Stapleton’s testimony is, once again,
an approximation to the act of collecting, classifying, filtering and
discovering. Passionately obsessing over some specific thing, and then
unleashing that obsession. As Stapleton says in the programme: ‘It’s
something that never leaves you. Once you get that collecting bug and that
fascination with music… And I’m still going back to the sixties! And I’m
still going back to between ’68 and ’72. I thought I’d heard everything.
Ten years ago I thought I’d heard every single album, every obscure record
from that time. Now I realise it’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so
much stuff out there.’

>>>And here you can find the complete series of MEMORABILIA

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