Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable by Maria Chavez

Launch and Reception
September 6, 2012

Please join “Maria Chavez”:http://www.mariachavez.org for a launch and signing in celebration of her first book, Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable, Thursday, Sept. 6th, 6-8pm. At the event Maria will also provide a space for readers to try out certain turntable techniques, and present a special solo performance at 7PM.

Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable, by sound artist and abstract turntablist Maria Chavez is a how-to manual, documenting the past 10 years of her abstract turntable practice that was entirely developed through Chance Procedures. This book serves as Chavez’s first object about her sound work since 2004.

Some essays are accompanied with illustrations by the artist that show the various hand positions of different vocabulary techniques and act as a guide for the reader who is encouraged to practice creating these techniques on a turntable. Images in the book are meant to be removed so the reader can create their own turntable compositions. By removing the illustrations, the book changes from a how-to manual into a piece of documentation about a specific abstract turntable practice developed over 10 years.

Books are printed in an edition of 100, retail at $30, and can be purchased online “here”:catalog/31778

Following the book launch, on Friday, Sept. 7th, “Elastic City”:http://www.elastic-city.org invites participants to join Maria Chavez in navigating the city by chasing subways in available directions. In this Way, Chavez will discuss the integral role of chance and improvisation in her practice while engaging the group in how these elements affect their daily decisions. After two hours the group will emerge from the ground, presumably in a new neighborhood.

For more information and to reserve your spot on this Way please see “here”:http://www.elastic-city.org/ways/chance-procedures-motion. Cost is $20 and the participants will meet at Printed Matter, receive a copy of “Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable” and a single-ride Metrocard. This Way holds 5 people and is presented in partnership with Printed Matter, Inc.