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Jerman, Jeph: Voiced [CS w/BOOK] (Fidgety Editions)

Originally released on cassette on the Netherlands Counter Culture Chronicles label, this expanded and revised edition of Jerman's confounding album of fragmented vocal collage along with voices, hiss, birds, snippets of radio broadcasts and other field recordings, includes a 72-page book of texts and recording information, a unique and confounding album of sound.

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Numbered and signed edition of 30 copies. Includeds the 72-page book "Manual Transmission".

Label: Fidgety Editions
Catalog ID: None
Squidco Product Code: 28008

Format: BOOK w/CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: CD w/ 76 page hand bound book
Originally released on cassette on the Netherlands-based Counter Culture Chronicles label as Counter Culture Chronicles 24.


Jeph Jerman

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"Jeph Jerman is a musician who began his musical career drumming and playing in bar bands. In the 1980s, he became aware of other sonic possibilities for his drum kit and started learning to improvise and record his own music. During this time Jerman was a frequent collaborator with other musicians who were also exploring improvisational techniques. In the mid-1980s, Jerman founded a cassette label for the distribution of music by himself and friends. The label released over 50 cassettes, several LPs, and a short-lived magazine.

After relocating from Colorado to Seattle, Jerman continued playing with local groups of improvisers and began giving solo performances where he improvised with mostly natural found objects, a practice he continues today. He founded the first animist orchestra dedicated to making larger scale works using natural object play. In 1999, Jerman moved to Cottonwood, AZ. He continues to investigate sound and recording in many forms including field recordings, the building of crude sound making devices, and the effects of age and other damage to analog tape. Jerman's 2014 Grants to Artists award funded recording and touring with Tim Barnes. Jerman continues to collaborate with Dave Knott in a band collectively known as The Yes, Well, and with Tim Barnes, with whom collaborated on an FCA-supported record released in 2015 (Erstwhile Records.) Other CDs and works are available on Anomalous Records, Semperflorens, and Trait Media Works."

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track listing:

1. Or (JH) 3:45

2. From Tape (DV) 5:08

3. And Was (AA) 5:00

4. Unbound (Shitstick) 11:36

5. Inklings 1:48

6. The Map Is Not The Territory (For PF) 1:59

7. No Idea 1:33

8. Ambulatory Glimpses 3:06

9. Clacking Chatter 0:51

10. Jarhead Singing 0:58

11. Hiss Lift (Applied) 0:44

12. Beetle 0:09

13. Potted 0:13

14. Debbled D 0:16

15. HNW 3:16
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"And Was" previously appeared, under the title "Dead Letters", on the compilation "Muder Language and You Muder God" published by Trait Media Works/Amalgamated Torso and Such 2013. This contains the same tracks as the cassette edition, but in a different order.

"Jeph Jerman (Guam, 1959) started recording and performing under the name 'Hands To' in 1986. In those early works, for the greater part released on cassette, various electronic techniques were used to manipulate layers of field recordings. 'Most of the early soundwork was sampler and tape loop based', Jerman writes, 'though over the course of ten years it evolved into using environmental recordings with very little to no manipulation or electronic processing'. After having moved to Seattle in 1996 and having been introduced to the experimental music scene there, Jerman dropped the monniker 'Hands To'. The solo performances under his own name have since then centred around improvised and multi-layered works built from sounds made with natural objects, such as stones, shells, bones, driftwood or pine cones. 'Most of my previous work could be interpreted as being "idea-based", concludes Jerman, 'I find that most of my work nowadays is sound-based. I believe this is due to my growing interest in listening, in what happens when one listens, and my concomitant disinterest in contextualizing sound'."-Counter Culture Chronicles

Numbered and signed edition of 30 copies. Includeds the 72-page book "Manual Transmission".
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