Leif Elggren ‎– The New Immortality

Anckarström ‎– C XII, Firework Edition ‎– No. 66
Vinyl, 7", Engraving


A Engraving A
B Engraving B



Recorded in Stockholm, November 27 1991.

"This record was cut with a drypoint needle and a record player. I was shouting out loud, again and again the words: I'm talking about if I only could talk! The needle, resting on the wax in my gentle hand, has hopefully reistered something of the vibrations of my voice."

WARNING! This record might damage your record player. Play it at your own risk.

Includes 24-page, 7" square booklet of exhibition photographs.

The New Immortality was the title of an exhibition at the Galleri Arton A in Stockholm, November 1990 by Leif Elggren.
The New Immortality is originally the title of a book by J. W. Dunne, London 1939.

Playable engraving.



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May 21, 2012
This is very much a concept release. It comes in a plastic sleeve with it's own fold-around cover & a booklet documenting "The New Immorality", an exhibition held at the Gelleri Arton A in Stockholm during November 1990 by the creator of this record. It is a 24 page 7" × 7" publication mostly featuring photographs of the exhibition, old paintings, sketches, photographs & short writings. An attractive collection of Minimalist images.
In the name of SOFT WATCH I sacrificed my stylus to bring you a review of this piece of plastic. After two attempts at playing the 'A' side at 45rpm, I tried playing the 'B' side at 33rpm. This was the most successful attempt. Although there was mainly unwanted, teeth-grating scratching, at one point it did grow quite mellow - a hum rather than crackles. And through it you could hear what sounded like a human voice, as heard on an extremely badly tuned radio - a distorted woodcut-image in crackling which might be words in the same way the bark of a tree or a cloud might be mistaken, in the right circumstance, for a face or an animal. Of course, this sound is probably exactly what ANCKARSTRÖM wanted - it sounds a little like some of their CD recordings. A last try at playing the 'A' side at 33rpm gleans a short piece similar to the almost-image of the 'B', before it skips across the last inch or so across the vinyl.

A brave attempt at creating something different from this boundry-pushing label. They always seem to have something exciting to offer. It doesn't always work, or sometimes the result is poor, but at least they try, which is much more than can be said for most.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.