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John Oswald on Plunderphonics, 'Grayfolded' and audio collage
John Oswald on Plunderphonics, 'Grayfolded' and audio collage

Last weekend The Times published a profile of the sound artist John Oswald, who has just released an LP version of "Grayfolded." The recording, which is a nearly two-hour sound collage of dozens of live versions of the Grateful Dead's "Dark Star," was released 20 years ago, and is considered a touchstone of so-called mashup culture. Oswald recently revisited the work to reconfigure it for a deluxe 3-LP version.  Below is an edited transcript of my conversation with Oswald, who spoke from his home of Toronto.  Does it surprise you that 20 years later 'Grayfolded' is finally coming out on vinyl? Well, it doesn’t so much surprise me...

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