lamp (within​/​without the skin)

by steve roden

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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 1952 sprayed plastic and metal ribbed bubble lamp designed by George Nelson and manufactured by the Howard Miller Clock Company. 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".
Mastered @ Abbey Tape.

Thanks to Jerome Noetinger.
'Undulant Spores' for B. Guenter.
The spell will illuminate the spirit of A.A.

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released January 1, 1998

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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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