chair (a subscape of resonance)

by steve roden

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  • set of 3 limited edition 3" CDs released in 1997-1999 in an edition of 1000 each on new plastic music.

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    a series of three 3″ cds, each created using only the sound of a single modernist design object – a leg splint designed by charles and ray eames, a lamp designed by george nelson, and a metal chair designed by harry bertoia. i suppose the initial ideas came from “strumming” these things as i passed them in our apartment on a daily basis as well as the notion of wondering weather bertoia even played one of his chairs.

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1.
Rust 03:46
2.
Throat 02:02
3.
Circle 05:49
4.
Glisten 00:52
5.
Breathe 01:55
6.
Torque 03:34
7.
Click 03:17

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from a series of three 3″ cds, each created using only the sound of a single modernist design object – a leg splint designed by charles and ray eames, a lamp designed by george nelson, and a metal chair designed by harry bertoia. i suppose the initial ideas came from “strumming” these things as i passed them in our apartment on a daily basis as well as the notion of wondering weather bertoia even played one of his chairs.

Every sound on this recording was generated by rubbing, blowing, plucking, scratching, etc. a 1950 steel 'diamond' chair designed by Harry Bertoia and manufactured by Knoll Associateds Inc. Some of the sounds were recorded directly, some were manipulated and processed electronically.

Absolutely no other objects, instruments, or sound generators were used in the making of this recording.

Recorded at Starfish Studios - "l'toile de mer".
Mastering @ Abbey Tape.

Thanks to Jerome Noetinger.
Rust for Walser, Throat for RLW, Circle for Bloggs, Breath & Torque for Id Battery. Click For Harry.

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released January 1, 1999

Mastered By – William Cooke
Sounds [Sound Generated By], Composed By [Organized By] – Steve Roden

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steve roden Pasadena, California

steve roden is a visual & sound artist from los angeles,
who pioneered the lowercase style of music; where quiet, usually unheard, sounds are amplified to form complex and rich soundscapes.

his work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance.
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