Colourbox: ‘Music of the band (1982-1987)’
4AD Store Exclusive LP
To coincide with Wolfgang Tillmans’ first major exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, Music of the band (1982-1987), a celebration of Colourbox, is now available exclusively as a limited double LP via the 4AD Store.
The 16 tracks chosen by Wolfgang were originally selected to be played on loop at a conceptual playback listening space at Tillmans’ Berlin gallery, Between Bridges, in 2014, where lyrics and samples were pasted on the walls and where copies of the v23-designed records sat alongside original session ½” and ¼” tape reels, seeking to provide a unique environment for the audience to immerse themselves in the band’s modest but potent legacy. A limited number of CDs featuring those exhibition tracks were made available at this 2014 exhibition.
Both Colourbox and the Playback Room now form part of Tillmans’ exhibition in London (running until June 11th 2017) and this gatefold 2xLP edition of the compilation is available exclusively through both the Tate shops and via 4AD. This version features a new variation of the Tillmans-designed CD sleeve, a previously unreleased photograph series of his that features his prized Canon Colour Laser Copier, ripped apart and dismantled after a decade of service; “80ies technology has influenced me a lot. When I won the Turner Prize I bought this copier with the money. Ten years later it was no longer repairable and I made this ‘deconstruction’ of it.”
Between the initial exhibition in Berlin and this, Steven Young has sadly passed away. This release is also being pressed as a tribute to him and to Ian Robbins, who left us in 2014, and the wonderful music they made.
You can find full details on the release, plus tracklist, here.
Buy LP via 4AD here.