30 Jul 2011
Swing O.S.T. by Gillian & Stephen 
Released by Gillian and Stephen on their own label, a 12" vinyl previously only available at Art Institution FRAC Champagne-Ardenne along with an extended CD featuring 3 remixes by the fantastic Factory Floor, who've collaborated with Gillian and Stephen since first meeting in early 2010.

The music was originally conceived and written as a soundtrack to Anna Blessman & Peter Saville's exhibition “Swing Project 1” between October 2010 and January 2011 at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne in France.

Stephen Morris describes the concept thus: "The original idea for the music was that it should give the impression that some sort of European Techno party was going on in a nearby room. So that while wandering around the show you would be enticed by this non existent dance floor."

The artwork is designed by Saville Available as a Vinyl/CD package in a limited edition run of 1000

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More info at theothertwo.co.uk.

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