An artist who once opened a record shop that sold nothing but copies of the Beatles' White Album has now created a bootleg version of the record, layering audio from 100 different copies of the vinyl LPs into a single track.
Rutherford Chang's The White Album will go on sale this weekend at the WFMU Record Fair, in New York City. "Hopefully I'll pick up some more copies [of the Beatles' original]," Chang told the New York Times. "The project is ongoing, and I am still growing the collection." He already has 902 used copies of the Fab Four's 1968 double album, each of which cost less than $20 (£13). Chang is particularly attracted to beaten, battered and vandalised copies of the White Album sleeve because they seem to be "more interesting", he said.
To make the remixed version of the LP, Chang recorded digital versions of dozens of his White Album copies and overlaid the audio into a single track. Because of scratches, imperfections and warping, each of these audio tracks is very slightly different. Layered together, the music fades in and out of sync – evoking the Residents, William Basinski, and digging among crates at jumble sales. (Listen to Side 1 here.)
Today marks the 45th anniversary the White Album, as the band's eponymously titled ninth studio LP became known. In September of this year, the album belatedly received a platinum sales certificate.
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