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...i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces: Music in Vernacular Photographs, 1880-1955

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Music is as self-reflexive as any of the arts, even if its generally greater power to transport sometimes deceives us into thinking otherwise. Dust-to-Digital's marvelously titled I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces compiles music, photographs and literary excerpts that reflect on or present music itself as subject matter, from the earliest days of the phonogra

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Hardcover, 184 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Dust-to-Digital
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Paul Bryant
Here is a thing of beauty, it's a collection of old American music on 2 cds contained in a book of old photographs of Americans doing things with musical instruments into which our editor has sprinkled mysterious quotes from such writers as Nabokov, Hamsen, Wordsworth and Hauptmann, along with Par Lagerkvist who gave him the title :

I listen to the wind that obliterates my traces
the wind that resembles nothing
understands nothing nor cares what it does
but is so lovely to listen to.
The soft wind
sof
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Geoff
Mar 15, 2015 Geoff rated it it was amazing
"A book of coffins ; a book of openings to the sky."
Francisco Becerra
Dec 27, 2014 Francisco Becerra rated it it was amazing
A book that appeals to all the senses, focusing them into sounds: forgotten music and soundscapes, pictures of a past that resonates vividly today, pieces of books that create music and expand in the mind... Steve Roden knows perfectly how to make us aware of the sounds that linger in the remote areas of space and time. The essay about the nature of collectors and collections is almost the positive side of an anti-buddhist stance: the bond between seemingly disparate things and the person who ...more
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Sep 13, 2016 Henry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, art-and-design
This might be the best book I've ever read…
Well, it's not very word-intensive; more of a pamphlet, an essay perhaps. And that essay, to me, seems perfect. I'm am inveterate collector and this book is all about collecting…something. Hard to say what exactly. So the metaphor is one of collecting the wind, moth wings, sound, image, time. Well, really, feeling. The photographs are extraordinary and the quality of the scans and the printing are top-flight. The companion CDs are extremely well curated
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