The Heart Of Electric Warrior
Thorens designed the TD 160 around their state-of-art components but hobbled by an inadequate plinth. For almost half a century audiophiles have been experimenting with improvements. These special editions are distillations of these experiments – respectful variations on the original but with aesthetic resonances that make them unique.
The Widowson turntable was an impulse buy off Ebay. The compulsion to buy it was the act that gave birth to the The Electric Warrior Turntable project. I saw it as a celebration of survival and transformation. I bought it from Sarah, Malcolm Widowson’s daughter. Sarah was anxious to ensure it found a good home because the turntable was precious to Malcolm. Malcolm had imbued the object with his passion and respect and that was essential property that made me want to buy it. Malcolm bought the TD 160 in 1971, the year it came out and the year T Rex released The Electric Warrior . It was album of the year. This special edition is dedicated to Marc Bolan who survives through the vitality of this work, captured at his zenith in – The Electric Warrior.
Duchamp the turntable came about as a result of a shipping accident – no lives were lost. The process by which kinetic vibration is converted to electricity before emerging as music is more magic than science – an alchemical transformation. I bought a used TD 160 with the expressed purpose of using it as an experimental turntable, and in my own mind, named it Duchamp. Contrary to my advice, it was shipped with the outer platter in place. The platter came lose and wrecked the turntable. I was inspired by the irony. Marcel Duchamp’s great work, The Large Glass, was smashed in a shipping accident. Duchamp viewed the accident as a form of completion. The turntable was smashed at the beginning and thus its destruction was the instigation for this special edition. More about Duchamp…