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of space enclosed by planes and surfaces

from translations & articulations by steve roden

  • limited edition CD + exhibit catalog
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    steve roden
    16 page 4-color catalog w/cd
    edition of 966
    griffin contemporary/new plastic music

    a 16 page catalog from a 1997 gallery exhibition at griffin contemporary in venice california. includes two essays: one by christopher miles, and one by brandon labelle. features images of drawing and paintings.

    966 of the catalogs included a cd of the track: “of space enclosed by planes or surfaces…”

    “of space enclosed by planes or surfaces was composed entirely of sampled and electronically manipulated fragments of the sounds existing in the upper and lower gallery spaces of griffin contemporary exhibitions. when i arrived at the gallery to do my initial recording, construction was going on in the upstairs space. i tried recording both the sawing, hammering, etc., as well as the subtler sounds of the space (talking, footsteps, etc.) from the 10 minute field recording, i took 8 different 1-3 second fragments and transmitted them to my sampler, where they could be triggered via a keyboard. some were transferred directly to tape, others were sent through electronic processors. my intention being to take an architectural space, to deconstruct it, and then to build a new space, using the qualities of the first. i tried to use qualities of the language of architecture that relations to the composition of music. for me, the creation of a sound work is always about the activity of building, as well as the creation of a kind of space. i hope that this soundwork functions as a kind of imaginary sound installation – a portable & inflatable space – that one can listen to, rest upon, or wander around in.”

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from translations & articulations, released January 1, 1997


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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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