‘You read extraordinary descriptions of listening experiences, you recognize them, but they are un-reproducible. This imaginative dimension disclosed by words is crucial, and it was important for me in my 20s: to find descriptions of music […] and to hear that music in the words, while knowing that the reality was going to be different’ (Toop to Cascella, 2010).
With this piece I wanted to expand on Toop’s idea and convey how, for me, Simon Reynolds’ 1993 review of the Metalheads 12-inch vinyl single “Angel” tapped into that ‘imaginative dimension disclosed by words.’ By holding the review in one’s hands and plunging a sharp corner into the record’s spiral scratch, I wanted to give the observer some impression of how I heard (and felt) the ghost of the music within Reynolds’ words all those years ago.
Cascella, D. (2010) David Toop. Frieze Blog [Internet], 17 August. Available from: [Accessed 25 May 2012].
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