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Title: ...I Listen To The Wind That Obliterates My Traces
Format: Hardcover Book/2CD
Label: Dust-to-Digital
Country: USA
Price: $52.00
"I Listen To The Wind That Obliterates My Traces brings together a collection of early photographs related to music, a group of 78rpm recordings, and short excerpts from various literary sources that are contemporary with the sound and images. It is a somewhat intuitive gathering, culled from artist STEVE RODENs collection of thousands of vernacular photographs related to music, sound, and listening. The subjects range from the PT Barnum-esque Professor McRea-"Ontarios Musical Wonder" (pictured with his complex sculptural one-man band contraption)-to anonymous African-American guitar players and images of early phonographs. The images range from professional portraits to ethereal, accidental, double exposures-and include a range of photographic print processes, such as tintypes, ambrotypes, CDVS, cabinet cards, real photo postcards, albumen prints, and turn-of-the-century snapshots. The two CDs bring together a variety of recordings, including one-off amateur recordings, regular commercial releases, and early sound effects records. There is no narrative structure to the book, but the collision of literary quotes (Hamsun, Lagarkvist, Wordsworth, Nabokov, etc.). Recordings and images conspire towards a consistent mood that is anchored by the books title, which binds such disparate things as an early recording of an American cowboy ballad, a poem by a Swedish Nobel Laureate, a recording of crickets created artificially, and an image of an itinerant anonymous woman sitting in a field, playing a guitar. The book also contains an essay by Roden. Hardback book, 8.5 x 6.5 inches, 184 pages, 150 photographs reproduced in full color and two audio CDs from the authors collection." - Dust To Digital.

Title: A Thousand Breathing Forms
Format: 6 CD + 3" CD Box Set
Label: Sonoris
Country: France
Price: $46.00
"A Thousand Breathing Forms, the second boxset of Steve Roden archive works released by Sonoris, is a selection of unreleased or hard-to-locate works from 2003 to 2008, a very prolific and creative period for the Californian artist. The boxset is centered on his hard-to-describe loop based sound works that are uniquely his own, such as Stars Of Ice (2008), A Christmas Play For Joseph Cornell (2007), but also includes the conceptual "One Hour As The Bumps Of Surfaces" and some more musical or instrumental works. So Delicate And Strangely Made, the title of one of his very first records (2003), could still be the right description of his sound work, rooted in visual arts and architecture, mixing conceptual rigor, and experimentation, without neglecting musicality. Most of Rodens sound works tend towards using a singular source -- such as objects, architectural spaces, field recordings, or texts. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi; Edition of 500." - Sonoris.

Steve Roden on the collection: "Stars Of Ice was inspired by a Chinese 7" record salvaged from a thrift store. Stills For Guru Dutt came out of my love of discovering my favorite Bollywood director, and the En/Of (2004) record used the sound of the great Indian playback singer Mohammed Rafi. 22 Letters And The Resonance Of A Three Pointed Star was inspired by an early 1960s building for the Olivetti design firm in Ivrea Italy, where the original installation was placed within the lobby where it was modulated by the space. A Christmas Play For Joseph Cornell was of course, inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, but also George Brechts water yam scores. The banjo used in Banjoharmonium was found at the flea market (my home from home), and the harmonium was a gift from my friend Damon. . . . To These 4 Horizons was, again with collaborating with architecture, making recordings in the rain on the site of Le Corbusiers Ronchamp after getting lost for hours while trying to find our way through torrential rains (that you can hear on one of these tracks). Sleep/Walk/Drive was a collaboration, also something important to keep one honest. The last track, so tiny, was a cover version of the oldest recorded sound we know, and the story of that not only generated this track, but a sound and video installation."

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