‘Sounds of Making in East London’ is a 10? vinyl record that celebrates the act of making. An unusually high number of skilled makers live and work in East London – twenty-one of whom feature on this record. The record, itself cut in Hackney, captures a diverse range of unique sounds including the clatter of lyric poet John Hegley’s typewriter, the chopping of garlic in a Michelin star restaurant, the tap of rock ‘n’ roll cobbler Terry de Havilland’s hammer and the sound of a bell being tuned in Britains oldest manufacturer. Other makers include Alex Noble – designer of many of Lady Gaga’s outfits, Beigel Bake – a 24-hour beigel shop on Brick Lane and artist Barnaby Barford.
The record sleeve was also designed and hand drawn by Dominic Wilcox and captures all of the makers involved in the project. Each vinyl record includes an MP3 digital download code. This website includes audio interviews with a selection of the makers. The accompanying photography, taken by Wilcox during sound recording sessions, provides a visual insight into each of the maker’s workplaces.
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