Working with my friend LeRoy Stevens of the record label Small World, the LA-based artist Jeff Hassay has created an audio souvenir of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson’s childhood home in Hawthorne, California. Now you can own a piece of the idyllic spot where their father, Murry Wilson, used to take out his glass eye and make his boys look into the empty socket. “I said a major third goddammit!”
Dirt Sounds is a field recording of the Wilsons’ old neighborhood, pressed on a record made partly of soil from the site of their former dwelling. Small World explains:
Beach Boys House: Dirt Sounds is a hand-made record containing soil from the house where Brian Wilson grew up in Hawthorne, California. The house no longer exists. There is a modest statue commemorating the location in a small, slightly derelict neighborhood. Dogs, cats, birds, cars, planes, a helicopter and various gardeners’ power tools all lend their sonic presence along with the wind and Jeff’s occasionally audible breath as he wanders the neighborhood. The audio is an 18 minute field recording of the location on an afternoon in 2016, almost exactly 50 years after the album Pet Sounds was released.
The records were made by pouring clear resin and dirt into silicone molds. Produced over a six month period by Jeff Hassay and LeRoy Stevens, each record is unique and weighs between 400 and 600 grams.
The LP and poster set drops on June 6 in a limited edition of 100. Pre-order it here.
After the jump, watch LeRoy and Jeff making the records by hand…