DIFFUSION FESTIVAL 2019 / WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE

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DON’T YOU WONDER SOMETIMES?

Our theme for Diffusion 2019 is Sound+Vision. The exhibition in Wales Millennium Centre looks at developments in music recording, production and how it is enjoyed by audiences – from the technology used to record sound for the first time, albums, singles and new forms of distribution which have enabled music to become a part of our daily lives. From fanzines to music videos, tribute bands to virtual reality experiences, come and explore our diverse musical heritage.

THE GROOVE BY PETER FINNEMORE

I’ve been collecting 45 rpm vinyl records for many years. The criterion for my collection is that each individual record is culturally specific to Wales. This is an archive of kitsch imagery and popular song, democratic and inclusive of all musical styles. The majority collected because of the details within the record cover photographs and back cover text rather than for the musical content or style. The photographs are rich in historic detail about people and portraiture, landscape and place. Some are surreal and strange. Personal favourites include: Y Pelydrau, windswept and cheerful, stockinged legs with optical illusion skirts posing on Trawsfynydd Lake with the nuclear plant directly behind them. Yr Awr, floral dressed 70s heartbreakers posing on Swansea train station. Y Pedwar Caballero, 4 badass Mexicano farmers from Caernarfon “Their record brings a new sound to the Welsh ‘pop’ scene. Here is an attempt to unite rhythmic ballads with songs to which one can dance”.

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