Evan Holm Submerged Turntable Sculpture

Published on November 19, 2012

There will be a time when all tracings of human culture will dissolve back into the soil under the slow crush of the unfolding universe. The pool, black and depthless, represents loss, represents mystery and represents the collective subconscious of the human race.  By placing these records underneath the dark and obscure surface of the pool, he is enacting a small moment of remorse towards this loss. In the end however this is an optimistic sculpture, for just after that moment of submergence; tone, melody and ultimately song is pulled back out of the pool, past the veil of the subconscious, out from under the crush of time, and back into a living and breathing realm. When he perform with this sculpture, he is honoring and celebrating all the musicians, all the artists that have helped to build our human culture.

Materials: Salvaged electronics and sound equipment, plaster, branch, wood, water, ink.

Evan Holm

Enjoy this video of HIS first prototype of a submerged turntable. After a year and a half of hard work this simple little tray filled with water and a turntable has evolved into the submerged turntables.
Evan holm says:
“This video has a special place in my heart because it captures one of the first times I was able to pull sound out of the water. I had no idea what to expect with this experiment and was brought close to tears when the tone and pitch of this sweet lullaby emerged from beneath the surface of the water. Enjoy!”

Enjoy a short film created to capture the process of bringing the submerged turntables into the atrium of SFMOMA.


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