New Amsterdam is proud to announce our first limited-edition clear vinyl 12" single in partnership with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). The record features In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves by NewAm co-director Judd Greenstein from violist Nadia Sirota's sophomore release Baroque. The record's B-side consists of Greenstein's piece remixed by composer and electronic music extraordinaire Son Lux, who composed the title track from yMusic's critically acclaimed debut Beautiful Mechanical. Stream both tracks here.
A little background: in 2011, SMoCA curator Claire C. Carter invited visual artists Luke Batten, Neil Donnelly, Mary Voorhees Meehan and Jonathan Sadler—working under the pseudonym New Catalogue—and composer Judd Greenstein to create a cross-disciplinary exhibition, which they named This is a Present from a Small Distant World. The interactive, multimedia art installation incorporated each artist’s creative language—music, video, photography, design and architecture. The experimental collaboration was inspired alternatively by the 1971 Voyager spacecrafts’ Golden Record, mass media, NASA typography and astrophysicist Carl Sagan. The resultant record is the final collaboration of four visual artists, a composer and two musicians. These striking recordings are encased within the record jacket and liner notes—itself a work of art. The jacket and liner notes feature the artists’ photography and design, as well as essays by the curator and composer. In a final physical alchemic collaboration, In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves deftly straddles the line between music record and museum exhibition catalogue.
TREVOR WILSON AND VOCAL ENSEMBLE: twve.net
JUDD GREENSTEIN: juddgreenstein.com
NADIA SIROTA: www.nadiasirota.com
SON LUX: music.sonluxmusic.com
NEW CATALOGUE: newcatalogue.net