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The Sounds of Christmas is an annual installation project by Christian Marclay, pioneer of the experimental turntable movement and leading artist operating at the intersections of art and music. Reinventing this work-in- progress for London, the artist presented his collection of over 1,200 Christmas records as a publicly accessible archive, alongside projections of the record covers and footage of previous performances.
During the two-week installation, co-produced by Electra and Tate Modern, noted DJs created live remixes of their own selection from Marclay's Christmas records. These recorded performances created a soundtrack for the space. Combining blatant sentimentality with vanguard experimentation, Marclay suggests that the categories distinguishing 'serious' music from its opposite are both arbitrary and arcane.