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RODEN, STEVE - A Thousand Breathing Forms

Format: 6 x CD BOX
Label & Cat.Number: Sonoris SNS 014
Release Year: 2017
Note: already the second CD-box collection of rare and so far unreleased STEVE RODEN material (2003-2008), but again it's a more than worthwhile release: these compositions are spreading a magic subtlety and nostalgia, often centered on single sound-sources (like old obscure vinyls, certain objects, architectural spaces, or field recordings); a must for anyone who loves 'ambience melancholia' and interesting conceptual ideas.. lim. 500, 6 CDs and one mCD plus inlay
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €40.00

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A Thousand Breathing Forms, the second boxset of Steve Roden archive works released by Sonoris, is a selection of unreleased or hard-to-locate works from 2003 to 2008, a very prolific and creative period for the Californian artist. The boxset is centered on his hard-to-describe loop based sound works that are uniquely his own, such as Stars Of Ice (2008), A Christmas Play For Joseph Cornell (2007), but also includes the conceptual "One Hour As The Bumps Of Surfaces" and some more musical or instrumental works. So Delicate And Strangely Made, the title of one of his very first records (2003), could still be the right description of his sound work, rooted in visual arts and architecture, mixing conceptual rigor, and experimentation, without neglecting musicality. Most of Roden's sound works tend towards using a singular source -- such as objects, architectural spaces, field recordings, or texts. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi; Edition of 500.

Steve Roden on the collection: "Stars Of Ice was inspired by a Chinese 7" record salvaged from a thrift store. 'Stills For Guru Dutt' came out of my love of discovering my favorite Bollywood director, and the En/Of (2004) record used the sound of the great Indian playback singer Mohammed Rafi. '22 Letters And The Resonance Of A Three Pointed Star' was inspired by an early 1960's building for the Olivetti design firm in Ivrea Italy, where the original installation was placed within the lobby where it was 'modulated' by the space. A Christmas Play For Joseph Cornell was of course, inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, but also George Brecht's water yam scores. The banjo used in 'Banjoharmonium' was found at the flea market (my home from home), and the harmonium was a gift from my friend Damon. . . . 'To These 4 Horizons' was, again with collaborating with architecture, making recordings in the rain on the site of Le Corbusier's Ronchamp after getting lost for hours while trying to find our way through torrential rains (that you can hear on one of these tracks). 'Sleep/Walk/Drive' was a collaboration, also something important to keep one honest. The last track, so tiny, was a cover version of the oldest recorded sound we know, and the story of that not only generated this track, but a sound and video installation."
$31.59 UPC: 769791966437 ELECTRONIC
1.01. Stars Of Ice (2008, New Plastic Music)
Stills For Guru Dutt (2004, unreleased)
1.02. I
1.03. II
1.04. III
1.05. IV
1.06. V
1.07. VI
1.08. VII
1.09. VIII

In Flows And Spuns (2004, En/Of)
2.01. Into The Sun
2.02. Soft Walking
2.03. Out Of The Sun
2.04. Still Burning
2.05. 22 Letters And The Resonance Of A Three Pointed Star (2006, compilation track from Eco E Narciso. Presenze Sonore)

3.01. One Hour As The Bumps Of Surfaces (2003, unreleased radio broadcast)

4.01. Calmem (2008, unreleased)
4.02. For You The Sunrise (2008, unreleased)
4.03. Banjoharmonium (2006, unreleased)

5.01. A Christmas Play For Joseph Cornell (2007, New Plastic Music)
5.02. Thomas Sat Down And Looked At The Sea (2004 compilation track from Noli Me Legere ...To Maurice Blanchot)
5.03. Vester Fields (2007, Volume Projects)

6.01. Winter Is Herd Or Heard (2007, unreleased)
6.02. To These 4 Horizons (2008, unreleased)
Sleep/Walk/Drive (2003, unreleased)
6.03. Sleep
6.04. Walk
6.05. Drive
6.06. Aucla Irde Lalu Ne (2008, compilation track from Au Clair De La Lune)

3" CD
01. A Slow Moving Boat