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I Listen To The Wind That Obliterates My Traces: Music In Vernacular Photographs (1880-1955)

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(2011/DUST-TO-DIGITAL) Book, Clothbound, 17x22 cm. English, ca.160 pages plus 2-CD (51 tracks). Dust-to-Digital is proud to present 150 music-related vernacular photographs paired with 51 songs, field recordings and sound effects on two compact discs, spanning the late 1800s to 1955. From the collection of acclaimed sound and visual artist Steve Roden and designed by the team that brought you "Victrola Favorites" and the Grammy-nominated "Take Me To The Water".

Medium 1
Wind
John Henry
Untitled
Then We'll Need That True Religion
In The Baggage Coach Ahead
Blue Blazes Blues
Walking On Ice
Kind Lovin' Blues
If You Hadn't Gone Away
Beautiful Mansions Of Gold
I Seen My Pretty Papa Standing On A Hill
The Rosary
Mocking Bird
Froggie Went A-Courting
Damfino Stump
Montana Call
When They Ring The Golden Bells
Mandolin
The Stranger
Brother Noah Built An Ark
A Little Love A Little Kiss
Canadian Geese
Reaching For The Moon
I Want To Go Home
The Old Grey Horse

Medium 2
Walking In Snow And Thin Underbrush
Rovin' Gambler
I've Got To Go And Leave My Daddy Behind
Pinin' Hawaii For You
Going My Way
Rainfall And Thunder (Thunder Not From Life)
It Don't Do Nothing But Rain
Graveyard Love
Pretty Polly
Several Hundred - Canary Birds
Xango
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Yes I Know
Bib-A-Lollie-Boo
Winnebago Love Song (Duet)
My Good For Nuthin' Man
Stack O'lee Blues
Losing You
William & Mary
Way Down Home
Night Noises
Ya Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Aroun'
Cripple Creek And Sourwood Mountain
Cowboy's Prayer
Precious Memorys (Sic)
O Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie

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  • Hardcover
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Dust-to-Digital
  • ASIN: B0058MX75K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tom Knechtel on September 9, 2011
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This beautifully produced book is worth snapping up while it's in print - I can't imagine this small company did an enormous print run. It's exquisitely made, from the letter-press on the cover to the care shown with cleaning up the recordings. The photos are by turns haunting, funny, and sweet. Roden's writing is a tender homage to these musicians and the joys of collecting, and the recordings alone are worth the price. Roden is a wonderful artist as well, and this book is itself a work of art. Grab it while you can.
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have you ever picked up a photograph of something or someone you didn't know at all, and wonder, "what was happening here?" or "why is this a photo?" and then imagine that you can hear and see what was actually going on by letting yourself go for a moment? have you ever held a record in your hand that has no information other than a label and two side and wish that you could just run your hand over the grooves to feel the sound contained within? through his own successful career as both a visual and sound artist for the last 20 years, mr. roden has made a life's work out of such inquisitions. with the release of this book on the dust-to-digital imprint, roden has used his mastery as an artist with a knack for not exactly knowing what he sees or hears into an acutely poetic and gracefully informed journey back in time to something that may or may not have existed. it's purely revisionist in its assembly, yet not because it is interested in presenting any theory or narrative by which we are supposed to be informed of the facts of what these photos or sounds were doing in their place and time. rather, roden curates a revisionist fantasy in which another time is created where spirits and souls are completely alive and frozen in time at the same instant. there is no academy here, rather matter of fact presentation of things not intended to ever be seen or heard together and in succession. it becomes a narrative of emotion that cannot be translated or transcribed. sound is impossible to describe, as are visuals. one must hear and see each to full comprehend. and here, both sound and visual are presented together in such a way that yet another indescribable sensation is beckoned: that of the spirit. look at the book without listening to the cds. listen without looking at the book.Read more ›
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