Alan Dunn & Martyn Rainford


featuring Laure Ferraris

Presented by BasementArtsProject and Reg [Jula]

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BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER 8 is part of an evolving audio artwork that began life as Martyn Rainford's contribution to Alan Dunn's compilation CD 'A History of Background.' Since 2012 BasementArtsProject has been working with Dunn and Rainford to re-make and re-stage this work through ever-changing formats, including a remix by Scanner and a live presentation by Reg [Jula] at SCOPE PLUS.

This is PART EIGHT, featuring Laure Ferraris' vocals over a ten-minute excerpt from Reg [Jula]'s PART SEVEN mix.

PART EIGHT has been pressed onto 12" dublates and only two copies of these single-sided vinyls exist. Laure has one and the second one will be passed on to someone to create PART NINE of the project.

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BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER 8 is being premiered on Bernard Clarke's Nova before being presented at Sluice Art Fair and Depot Studios in Manchester.


MP3 here


As part of the development process, six other mixes were created, available here as SoundCloud links and/or downloads:

Bella Songbook

Carol Sommer

Claudia Wegener

David Bickley and Alquimia

Prisca Lobjoy and Steve Jones

Zazalie Z


PART ONE March 2011
Rainford produces the track In favour of CHANCE _ (for which, read experimental) for Dunn's A history of background. The track is "in part a reaction to way graphic design is understood by those who feel its only contribution is to conveying someone else's message and not the message itself, but also a response to technology and Duchampian ideas of chance."

PART TWO August 2012
The original track is reworked for the event No 4 - Variation - Mutation - Adjustments - No 28 at BasementArtsProject in Leeds. The event takes place on 4.8.12 for 24 people for 48 minutes.

PART THREE October 2012
The No 4 variation track is further remixed and produced as a single 12" dubplate for the exhibition Inhospitable in Liverpool, curated by BasementArtsProject. The remix introduces a child's voice to the mix.

PART FOUR December 2012
The Inhospitable exhibition moves to Leeds. Dubplate, turntable and sleeve, on floor.

PART FIVE April 2014
The noumenon track is further remixed by Scanner and Dr Cyclops, and produced as a new double-sided 12" dubplate, for the Colonize exhibition in Jamestown, New York. The Scanner remix is here and Dr Cyclops here. The 12" was subsequenlty nailed to a wall in Arena Studios, Liverpool, as part of Colonize Revisited.

PART SIX and PART SEVEN March 2017
We set up a three-speaker playback of PART TWO as part of the Electronic Music and Art Festival Scope Plus and collaborate with Jack Wolff and the visiting public to create a new live remixed iteration. Event promoted by set of hand-sprayed digital prints, designed by Martyn Rainford. The part 6 installation is here and the new remix is here.