Corinn Gerber (Ed.)
Musician and sound artist Paul de Jong is best known as cofounder, cellist and resident “found sound” savant of the beloved, now-defunct collage-pop duo, the Books. This voluminous artist book, conceived as the first in an infinite series of Spoken World(s), presents de Jong’s transcriptions of well over 35,000 sound samples rearranged into “texts resembling poetry.” The artist’s audio collection of sound and spoken word was garnered in countless visits to thrift stores all over North America during the Books’ tours: no rare treasures, but a never-ending cycle of the myriad of self-help, meditation, religious and self-education records, tapes, cassettes and videos that are not yet considered cultural trash and thrown out, yet form the subconscious of North American popular culture. As poetic arrangements, they amplify the serendipitous magic of some of these words, and expose the monstrous madness of others.
7 x 4 1/4 inches / 192 pp / 192 b&w and 2 color
Retail Price: $15.00