Brian Eno Turntable II is the musician and producer’s latest work. It isn’t a record but a record player that glows and changes colours. But is it worth £20000?
Brian Eno Turntable II
You may not know this but musician and producer Brian Eno is also an accomplished visual artist. His latest work is Turntable II, a functional record player that changes colours and glows from within.
Not Just Another Green World
Eagle-eyed readers will remember a story we ran at the end of 2021 about Eno and a set of light-bright turntables. As the name of the new work indicates, Turntable II is indeed the follow-up to that original series. Like the first, Brian Eno Turntable II features acrylic LED lights that cycle through a preprogrammed psychedelic array of colours – and not just green either.
My LEDs In The Bush Of Ghosts
Eno refers to the changing hues of Turntable II as a Colorscape and he’s apparently influenced by James Turrell, Mondrian and the early 20th century Russian avant-garde. He often works with light, such as with his Light Box series, and the slowly cycling colours of Turntable II recall his long-form ambient works.
Here Come Warm RPMs
Aside from being a work of art, Turntable II is also a functioning record player. It has a proper tone arm and plays records at speeds of 33 1/3 and 45 RPM.
Being a work of art rather than a mass-produced consumer product, Eno has limited Turntable II to 150 units worldwide. Before you check your bank balance though, get ready for the sticker shock: the price is £20000.
Want to see it for yourself? The Paul Stolper Gallery shows the fancy record player from February 13 to March 9, 2024 in London.
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