La Victrola at Burning Man

La Victrola at Buning Man 2016

IDEA: A massive Victrola record player questions what we’ve lost in a world of extreme digital music.

WHAT: Inspired by the first home entertainment system, La Victrola is a 35-foot tall interactive art piece celebrating the history of musical performance, recording and art. The piece is named for the crank up turntables called Victrolas made by the Victor Talking Machine Co., that played 78 rpm records in the early 20th century. The base of the gramophone, is a stage for acoustic performance at a festival better known for its electronic music. The massive sculpture doesn't really amplify the music as it did for the original Victrolas, 

In those days people had to gather around the piano to hear music, and gramophones were rare at first. So the big picture behind this piece is to think about what we’ve lost with extreme digital music and digital entertainment.
— Nick Fynn

WHY: An art project that hearkens back to our analog past and make people think about the downside of our digital world. The big picture behind this piece is to think about what we’ve lost with extreme digital music and digital entertainment.

BY:  Tim Bremner, Peter Platzgummer, Marcel Cacdac, Sean Cusack and Nick Fynn at Burning Man.

La Victrola at Buning Man 2016

La Victrola at Buning Man 2016

La Victrola at Buning Man 2016

A gramophone used by the “La Victrola” crew for inspiration as they worked (Photo: Cy Musiker/KQED)