Let us celebrate the beauty of the rural, independent bookstore! Hurrah, Ebenezer Books! Thank you for carrying RECORDS. Lucky people will find you on Main Street/ Route 15, on the corner of Pearl Street in Johnson, Vermont.
Beethoven, L. van. Sonata No. 8 in C minor “Pathétique”, Op.13. Perf. Ania Dorfman. Vinyl record. RCA Victor, Camden, N.J., 1954.
Collodi, Carlo. Pinocchio, adapted. Vinyl record and book. Peter Pan Records, Newark, N.J., 1981.
Conkling, Fleur. The Bingity-Bangity Bus. Narr. Soupy Sales. Vinyl record and book. Wonderland Records, 1966.
DeMura, Gigante. St’ammore. Perf. Gino di Procida. Orch, Tonino Esposito. Vinyl record. Vis Radio, Italy, 1963-66.
Little Dragon, Twice. Vinyl record. Off The Wall Records, Sweden, 2006.
Mack, Rebecca. The Fuzz. perf. Rebecca Mack on harp, rainstick. Flying Hen Studio, Burlington, V.T., 2004.
Mack, Rebecca. Lacrymosa, from Requiem. perf. Rebecca Mack. digital recording. Flying Hen Studio/ Synaestheatre, Burlington, V.T., 2011.
Meters, The; Handclapping Song, from album Struttin’. Josie Records, New York, N.Y., 1970.
National Geographic Society. Guide to Bird Sounds. selected from Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, field recordings. Vinyl record. Eva-tone Soundsheets, Inc. 1983.
Neotropic, Magpies from album “White Rabbits”. Vinyl record. Mush Records, London, 2004.
Prudden, Bonnie. Keep Fit and Be Happy. Music by Otto Cesana. Vinyl record. Warner Bros./ Institute for Physical Fitness, Stockbridge, Mass., 1959.
Field Recordings/ Sound Effects (recorded by R. Mack):
1. Continuous Groove of Vinyl Record. rec. 2011. Burlington,VT, US.
2. Cookie Tin Music Box. rec. 2010. Burlington,VT. US.
3. Drill and Slide Projector. rec. 2011. Burlington,VT. US.
4. Kodak Instamatic, Shutter Release and Film Advance. rec. 2011. Chicagoland, IL. US.
5. Little Star. traditional. perf. Chaviv Mack Dev. rec. 2010. Burlington, VT. US.
6. Madras Streetscape. rec. 2011. Madras, Tamil Nadu. India.
7. Olympia Typewriter. rec. 2011. Burlington, VT. US.
8. Radio Song. field rec. of unknown song. rec. 2011. Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
9. Reel to Reel, Fast Forward. rec. 2012. Nashville, TN. US.
10. Scratches. perf. DJ Mothertrucker a.k.a. R. Mack. rec. 2012. Burlington, VT. US.
11. Sicialian Busker. field rec. of unknown performer and composition. rec. 2005. Via Maqueda, Palermo, Sicily. Italy.
12. Vocals. Chaviv and Kathir Mack Dev. rec. 2011. Burlington,VT. US.
13. Wooden Loop. Mack’s Homemade Sound Effects #1. Created with analog rec. equip. 2010. Burlington, VT. US.
This gallery contains 11 photos.
Ordinary experiences are the stuff of the living, and they are our raw materials. Use what you have; it’s yours and no one else’s! A camera, a microphone, a notebook; using these tools, one can record, sift through, and sort the stuff of life, everyday moments, and in so doing heighten awareness of beauty and impermanence in one’s unique string of experiences. This is what history looks like when it is still breathing: ephemeral, particular, and completely palpable.
When we take up tools to record the sights and sounds of our everyday lives, we become builders of stories and editors of our own experiences. We use the ordinary circumstances of life to tease out a room, a season, a mood, and in so doing create for ourselves a welcome sense of control over our lives. This may be a twist of psychology, but practically speaking it is a valuable way to play with the element of freedom that is available to all artists when they take tools in hand.
Cultivating a recording practice is in itself a technique for sharpening awareness of the sensual, tangible qualities of our daily lives, and is compatible with meditation practice. For me the development of my own mediation and recording practices have been intertwined, each enhancing my awareness of the absolute impermanence of any moment in any human being’s finite existence, mine or another’s.
In shaping one’s own legacy, the taste of time changes in the mouth. We don’t know how much time we have together, or how the end will come for us, but we can make little love letters to history out of the ephemera in which we swim. In choosing from the palette of sounds in your home and neighborhood, you take snapshots of living history. Mixing those pieces together with samples from your collection of tapes, cd’s, records, etc, you deepen the texture of a missive that is truly yours: a time and place in this world occupied by one particular being. This is your situation, not someone else’s.
Our records outlive us.
RECORDS is now available for browsing and purchase at bookartsbookshop in London, UK. Now if only I could get over there to see the other 1000 amazing artist’s books at the shop!
I just returned from an amazing experience, significant in my professional career and thrilling for those of us that adore libraries and library science. I was invited to participate in the cataloging of RECORDS, with Amber Billey at the Bailey Howe Library of the University of Vermont. Amber explained a bit about the coding systems she was using while asking me questions about the work to create both the Authority Record for the Library of Congress and the library catalog which will enable library users and librarians everywhere to find RECORDS in the great sea of information. Thank you, Amber! Amber has just made it much easier for libraries and artist’s book collections to incorporate RECORDS into their collections. Three cheers for librarians! Hiphiphooray! Hiphiphooray! Hiphiphooray!
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