Phonautogram (2013 )


“Phonautogram is a work of consummate craftsmanship, as detailed and delicate as an old fashioned timepiece.” [The Wire]

The third Winter North Atlantic album, ‘Phonautogram’, was released on the Alt.Vinyl imprint in October 2013.

The launch event saw the entirely instrumental collection of acoustic and electronic textures performed by a live 6-piece ensemble at the stunning Sage Gateshead venue.

The album features contributions from Simon Canaway (bass) and Ged Robinson (vibraphone, drums), and was mastered by Patrick Klem (who has worked with the likes of Chris Corsano, Six Organs of Admittance and Lee Ranaldo).

The artwork features “Phonautogram Test Piece, Sound of the Big Bang” (2010, soot on paper) by Ander Mikalson.

Leon Scott’s phonoautograph was the first sound-recording device. Predating Edison’s phonograph, it turns sounds into images, producing intricate, smoky drawings – but offering no means of playback. Using the original 1850s patent manuscripts, Ander Mikalson built a functioning phonautograph and recorded the sound of the Big Bang (as rendered by astronomer Mark Whittle). The resulting series of images is therefore a record of the first sound, recorded by the first sound-recording device. The cover image was the first phonautogram in the set.