humming endlessly in the hush

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my second cd release felt like a huge step of evolution – so much so, that my third recording was a complete departure from both in be tween noise releases (and has yet to see the light of day.)

along with instruments and field recordings, i used a number of self made and/or lesser known musical objects including: a retch (a self-made small plastic tube when blown through makes a screaming or screeching sound), scottie bagpipes (a 1963 kenner children’s toy, supposed to sound like bagpipes), wonder player (a 1950’s toy resembling a lute that was used in the film the 5,000 fingers of dr. t), stringcan (a self-made instrument using string and a coffee can -the string was run through the plastic removable lid and through the bottom, which has no lid. it was played by holding the string taut and plucking it with the thumb), kooky kombo (a 1960’s marx toy resembling a one man band with a plastic washboard, whistle, and cymbal), bruit secret (an old large juice can with an unknown object inside which sounds when shaken), nutstring (a tiny decorative object, a bit like a lute, where the body of the instrument is made out of a walnut shell with strings made of fishing line, and not intended to make sound, but i managed to get a very strange soft “moan” by attempting to play it with a violin bow), prepared wheel (a copy of marcel duchamp’s readymade bicycle wheel on a stool. the spokes have been “prepared” with paperclips, screws, etc., pick-ups, guitar pick-ups detached from a guitar and laid on top of the strings of a bowed psaltery. as the pick-ups are touched very lightly they rattle the strings.

while both of my first two cds were created through improvisation, the first cd was much more fueled by conceptual scores, physical requirements, and texts. this second disc was a deeper exploration of sound, object handling, experimenting with recording processes, and a total embrace of musical influences, as much as conceptual influences.

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released January 1, 1995

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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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