got to do a really fun project with henry from dubstudio. …he mentioned he’s been keeping a bag of highly flammable swarf for ages, and that he’d like to burn it and take some photos. i set up behind some plants with my 70-200 lens & the results were pretty amazing.
at dubstudio henry cuts dubplates and during the process of cutting into the acetate, swarf is sucked off of the surface (which leaves the ridges). i’m no expert so i hope i explained that right.
here’s what henry had to say:
The stuff is usually called ‘chip’ amongst vinyl mastering engineers, but more generally it’s just known as ‘swarf’. The lacquer is made from nitrocellulose, so I guess the correct term would be nitrocellulose swarf or chip, but acetate swarf or chip would probably be the more popular name.