Sculpture is electronic music producer, Dan Hayhurst, and visual artist, Reuben Sutherland, on a freewheeling excursion through temporary forms of modern techno, analogue electronics, comic strips, sci-fi, pop, absurdist psychedelia and video art.
Discovering transitory possibilities in live A/V performance is central to their process. Utilizing an ever expanding library of zoetropic prints, Sutherland’s visual turntablism combines mechanical imaging technology with cutting-edge digital techniques in hallucinatory loops and jumps. There’s a clear connection with the chaotic physicality of Hayhurst’s sonics – unstable permutations of tape loops, no-fi electronics and digital sequences played with a battered reel to reel tape recorder, computer, walkman, sampler and FX units.
The duo’s forthcoming album/graphic novel, Nearest Neighbour, will be released on their own Tapebox imprint in August 2018.
Through 2015 and 2016 Sculpture released tapes on Phinery and Digital Death Records, an animated 8″ lathe cut postcard on Hasenbart Records, a 7″ animated disc, Zyprazol (Tapebox), and a 12″ zoetropic EP, Form Foam (Ana Ott).
Sculpture’s Membrane Pop LP was released in 2014 by Software, a label curated by Daniel Lopatin, AKA Oneohtrix Point Never. A live AV cassette/digital/video splice, Video Plot, followed in October. In January 2014, the duo’s self-released animated 7″ single, Plastic Infinite, became an instant cult artefact.
Sculpture previously made two animated zoetrope picture disc LPs for Dekorder records – Rotary Signal Emitter (2010) and Toad Blinker (2011). Their third LP, Slime Code, was released in 2012 on 7 unique cassettes plus digital edition by patten’s Kaleidoscope imprint and later reissued on vinyl by Digitalis.