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And You Thought Revolution 9 Was a Trip

By David Goe

It's a quiet Saturday morning, perfect for a musical trip guided by artist Rutherford Chang. The vessel? The "White Album." The destination is up to you.  

As an artist who creates art from sounds captured on vinyl, Chang has done something that stoners in the 60s could only dream about. What would happen if you took 100 original pressings of the Beatles "White Album" and played them simultaneously?  

Clocking in at just over 24 minutes Chang's creation starts just like any vinly version of the classic album, with a couple pops and scratches, then the sound of a jumbo jet fly over. From there it quickly decends into maddness. Though each pressing of the "White Album" is thought to be identical the records fall out of phase fairly quickly. By the time you reach "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" you're listening to one trippy mess.

People have been searching for meaning in Beatles' songs for over 40 years. Just like you, Chang is a huge fan of the band. He collects first pressings of the "White Album" and currently owns 697 copies. His experiment is a completely unique listening experience of a timeless album which fittingly ends with John Lennon singing "happiness is a warm gun."   

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