Sound Artist and instrument maker Victoria Shen (evicshen) has created the extraordinary Detournetable that explores the interplay between vinyl and the Make Noise Morphagene.
Make Noise sent Victoria a bunch of modules to have a play with. Most of us would be completely happy patching those things together and enjoying the outcome, but Victoria was inspired in a different way. In playing with the Morphagene she became enchanted by its ability to loop and manipulate microsound. Somehow that thought process evolved into a way of bringing vinyl into that situation. And rather than piping in sound from an existing turntable Victoria came up with a Eurorack module that could be the turntable.
The result is an extremely versatile and visually striking vinyl looper.
The module houses a turntable mechanism with CV controls over the speed and direction of spin. The tonearm appears to have found itself inside a transparent hand (a resin cast of her own hand) which is backlit for added pizazz. An audio output routes the sound to the Morphagene, although it could, of course, work with any other bits of modular and signal processing.
It has to be pretty wide to accommodate full-sized 12″ records. And you can see that it would cause a bit of trouble to modules above and below it. I imagine you’re going to want to keep it horizontal on your desk rather than up in a rack.
It is a truly wonderful thing to behold. I’ve reached out to Victoria to see if there’s any intention to turn it into a bit of a product that other modular/vinyl nuts could enjoy. She says she would be open to working with a company to bring it into being or could be persuaded to do some as a custom commission or kit. Victoria is also toying with the idea of building a module to play Audible Audubon cards. If you don’t know what they are, look them up and be prepared to want to resurrect a forgotten format.
- Victoria Shen Instagram.