MUSIC: HISTORY, SURVEYS & THEORY

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Dust-to-Digital

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Clth, 8.5 x 6.5 in. / 184 pgs / 150 duotone / 2 Audio CDs.

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Catalog: FALL 2011 p. 38   

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ISBN 9780981734248 TRADE
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I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates My Traces

Music in Vernacular Photographs 1880-1955

Edited by Steve Roden.

Featured image is reproduced from <a href="http://www.artbook.com/9780981734248.html">I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates My Traces</a>.Music is as self-reflexive as any of the arts, even if its generally greater power to transport sometimes deceives us into thinking otherwise. Dust-to-Digital's marvelously titled I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces compiles music, photographs and literary excerpts that reflect on or present music itself as subject matter, from the earliest days of the phonograph. Culled from artist Steve Roden's collection of thousands of vernacular photographs related to music, sound and listening, the many gems to be found in this book (and its accompanying two CDs) include accounts of the Barnum-esque Professor McRea (“Ontario's Musical Wonder” ) and anonymous African-American guitar players, and an amazing trove of photographs of early phonographs. Other images range from professional portraits to accidental double exposures, via photographic formats such as tintypes, ambrotypes, cdvs, cabinet cards, real photo postcards and albumen prints. The two CDs bring together a variety of recordings, including one-off amateur recordings, regular commercial releases and early sound effects records. An array of contemporaneous quotations on music and early music technology from writers such as Knut Hamsun, Vladimir Nabokov and Pär Lagerkvist, as well as an essay by Steve Roden, bind the volume's conception into a unique meditation on recorded music's earliest consciousness of itself.

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FROM THE BOOK
"Walking alone, stumbling over stones, I happened upon a dust-covered disc of Bradley Kincaid's recording of Froggie Went A Courting. It wasn't something I was looking for, nor did the record seem to want me to pick it up, but there we were, confronted with each other and zero expectations. As I stood thinking that the performance embedded within this disc would be relatively insignificant, the record stared silently back, knowing full well that I was unworthy of the remarkable presence hidden beneath its unremarkable and very scratched surface. For some reason I decided to take it home, and once I set the needle down upon its outermost grooves I was smitten."

Steve Roden, excerpted from his text in I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates My Traces.

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