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Frequently Asked Questions: Never Records

What is Never Records?

Never Records is an art project by New York artist and musician Ted Riederer. The idea is simple: Riederer travels to a city and opens a vinyl record shop and recording studio. Riederer himself oversees the sessions (currently full, due to popular demand), at the end of which performers leave with a freshly cut vinyl record and digital file of their music. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to explore the shop, which features unique artwork and is designed to mimic a long-operating record store; listen to recordings from past Never Records installations; and watch performances as they’re being recorded and cut live.

Never Records at BAM marks the 10th anniversary of the project. Since 2010, the project has traveled to Liverpool; Derry, Ireland; London; Lisbon; New Orleans; Victoria, Texas; and Amman, Jordan.

Where and when is it happening?

Never Records opens at BAM January 15 and runs through March 15. It is at The Rudin Family Gallery at BAM Strong, located at 651 Fulton Street in Brooklyn.

Recording sessions take place Wednesdays through Fridays, 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 1pm.

The installation is open for viewing from 10am to 6pm Wednesday through Sunday and one hour before performances in the Harvey Theater.

Who can participate in a recording session?

All are welcome. Any level of professionalism is graciously accepted and encouraged. Any sounds imaginable are wanted.

How do I sign up to for a recording session?

Performers can sign up for a three-hour slot on the main Never Records page. At this time, recording session sign-ups are closed, as we are completely booked.

For those who have already signed up, you will receive an email confirming the date and time of your session and another one on the Friday before your recording session with important information. If you have any additional questions, we encourage you to contact us at neverrecords@BAM.org at any time.

What if I can no longer use my spot?

Demand for these sessions is extremely high, so please contact us at neverrecords@BAM.org as soon as possible so we can release your spot to someone else.

What can I record?

Performers can record one track up to 10 minutes in length. All sounds and styles welcome.

What should I bring? Will there be back line?

Performers are responsible for bringing all of their own equipment, with some exceptions.

  • Small line PA and a 5 pairs of headphones
  • Keyboard amp: Roland KC-200 - 100W 12"
  • Bass amp: Ampeg SVT-15E 1x15“ 200-Watt Bass Cabinet with Ampeg SVT Micro VR 200-Watt Classic Head
  • Guitar amp: Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV 40-watt 1x12“ Tube Combo Amp
  • Drum kit: Pearl Decade Maple Shell Pack - 3pc, White Satin Pearl with limited stands and hardware, throne, fairly old kick drum pedal (performers are responsible for bringing cymbals, snare, and any other special needs).
  • Acoustic guitar: Fender Sonoran
  • 12 microphones

Can performers use multi-tracking?

The goal of Never Records is to capture the magic of live recording. So whenever possible, we will avoid using previously recorded tracks and everything will be recorded live.

What happens to the recordings?

Ted Riederer, artist and Never Records creator, reserves the right to use the recordings in future exhibitions and other events and media associated with the artwork, as well as the sale of the archives. All performers retain ownership of their performances. Riederer will not sell any performances without the explicit permission of the artist.

In addition to receiving a vinyl copy of their performances, performers also receive a high-quality digital copy. Performers can use their recordings freely.

What if I do not wish to schedule a recording session? How can I engage with Never Records?

Never Records is free and open to the public. We invite you to visit the installation, where you can observe a live recording session, explore the record shop, and listen to vinyl recordings from previous Never Records sessions.

For more information, visit BAM.org/NeverRecords.