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RODEN, STEVE - ...I listen to the Wind that obliterates my Traces... Music in vernacular Photographs 1880-1955

Format: BOOK / 2 x CD
Label & Cat.Number: Dust-To-Digital DTD-20
Release Year: 2011
Note: beautiful book with 150 old music-related photographs (musicians, phonographs, instruments,etc.) culled from STEVE RODENs own collection, along with 2 CDs of vintage 78rpm recordings and extracts from diverse literary sources; a book that breathes pure poetic nostalgia ! 184 page hardback book with 2CDs
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €39.00

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"... 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 display 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, Nabakov, 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." [publishing house info]


"Of an entirely different nature is a book compiled by Steve Roden, which deals with 'music in vernacular photographs 1880-1955', which is a photobook of old photographs that deal with music. Sepia toned pictures of people with violin, banjo, piano's and gramophones - when the world was so much a better place (this may be regarded as a bit cynical). Add to that two CDs worth of found sounds, from wax rolls and 78 rpms of those people singing, from amateurs to high brow, this is a true nostalgic trip into the early american musical history. A fine book and two fine CDs - now that's without any cynicism - for a melancholic, lazy sunday afternoon." [FdW/Vital Weekly]