One of a kind, custom vinyl skulls by Ted Riederer

Custom vinyl skulls can be created with your choice of record by Ted Reiderer


My work aims to explore the symbols of music, and music communities, for their redemptive power. When I was 16, my life fell apart, I joined a band and was saved. The vinyl skulls are based on a non fiction essay by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke entitled “Primal Sound”. In this essay he ponders what sound the coronal suture would make as it closely resembles a sound wave. He proposes that this process of combining what seems like disparate elements initially to create something that the world has never heard, is a model for making good art.


One-time refugee from punk and sometime band member, Ted Riederer has armed himself with photography equipment, painting supplies, electric guitars, amplifiers, old LPs, record players, drum kits, hard disk recorders and long stemmed roses as he’s ambled artistically from the Americas to the Antipodes. His work has been shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions at PS1, Prospect 1.5, Goff and Rosenthal Berlin, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery( San Francisco), Marianne Boesky Gallery, Context Gallery(Derry, Ireland), David Winton Bell Gallery(Brown University), The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, the Liverpool Biennial, and the Dhaka Arts Center, Bangladesh. Hi Never Records project has travelled from New York, to Liverpool, the Derry, and London which was sponsored by the Tate Modern. Never Records will travel New Orleans, and Mexico City.