Vito Goes to the Dentist
It's Your Turn Next
In 2003, radio artist DinahBird decided to record her trip to the dentist and capture the sounds of what sounds to be a rather painful appointment. The binaural mic picked up every rotation of the oral drill and overheard every word spoken at reception. Mixed with these sounds of discomfort is a 1977 Vito Acconci recording titled “Ten Packed Minutes,” an early conceptual audio work delivered slightly off-key with barely discernable lyrics. The combination is uncomfortable and beautiful and along with being an interesting audio work, it could enjoy a double-life as a dental health jingle.