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oder delias or butterflies

by steve roden

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originally released on CD.
edition: 300
non visual objects, austria

” 4/8/05 from a dream, nyc – i tried to order “oder delias” in a restaurant, which i remember as rice forms floating in broth. the phrase “oder delias” running thorugh my head over and over throughout the dream, even as i awoke it was with me for awhile. (also in the dream, the waitress i was talking to said not to order the “oder delias” because it was too expensive. i remember now it was $9.) “

when i wrote to heribert that i wanted to title my cd “oder delias”, he replied with “how is the title to understand?, oder = is a german word (engl. or?), delias – are these kind of butterflies? ” as i have worked on many projects translating languages that i don’t understand into english through sounds or spellings of foreign words; i thought heribert’s meanings of my dream words seemed perfect – thus the title “oder delias or butterfiles”.

the main source material for the sound was a beautiful bamboo flute made for me by bernhard gunter that arrived in the mail around the time of heribert’s invitation to make this cd. i’ve also added a few other sounds which are not from my dreams, nor rice forms, and most likely not butterflies….


released August 1, 2005

Design – Raphael Moser
Illustration [Drawing] – Steve Roden
Liner Notes – Steve Roden
Mastered By – Bernhard Günter


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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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