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A Visual Symphony: Brian Eno’s Record Player Transforms Sound and Light

Brian Eno's Light-Up Turntable II

Luke Walker

Brian Eno, a pioneer in the field of ambient music, is currently showcasing an updated version of his illuminated record player at the renowned Paul Stolper Gallery in London. This new iteration, known as Turntable II, follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, which was released in 2021. The record player is composed of two eccentric Perspex circles, with a platter and base made of translucent acrylic. Both components are equipped with LED lights that have been meticulously programmed to change color independently.

Brian Eno's Light-Up Turntable II

The translucent plastic material features numerous minuscule holes, strategically drilled to allow light to emanate from the record player. As a result, when the two layers overlap, captivating gradients are formed. The lights are programmed to change color randomly, resulting in an almost infinite array of “colourscapes.”

Brian Eno's Light-Up Turntable II

Eno explains that the overlapping light cycles continuously generate different combinations of colors and blends, as well as unique shadow formations that gradually evolve and never precisely repeat. He expresses his enduring fascination with the intricate, complex, and unpredictable outcomes that arise from seemingly simple deterministic systems. Eno further reflects on the profound concept of evolution theory, where complexity emerges from simplicity—an idea that he finds incredibly remarkable.

Brian Eno's Light-Up Turntable II

Distinguishing itself from its predecessor, Turntable II features a matt-white tonearm and a circular base that mirrors the shape of the platter holding the vinyl record above. This limited edition record player, produced in a quantity of 150, is currently on display at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London’s Bloomsbury district until March 9, 2024.