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Roden, Steve

Between Yellow And White On One Side. Between Blue And Black On The Other [CASSETTE]

Roden, Steve : Between Yellow And White On One Side. Between Blue And Black On The Other [CASSETTE] (Banned Production)

Part of a trilogy of cassette-related works that began with a piece sound artist Steve Roden created for an online exhibition for ICA London in early 2012, these two works were composed from 1983-84 recordings Roden made in his bedroom, recorded at double speed and here playing at half speed, half in reverse, which were organized into these two compositions.

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Label: Banned Production
Catalog ID: bp206
Squidco Product Code: 24961

Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette


Steve Roden

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"These two tracks were specifically created for this cassette release, and are part of a trilogy of cassette related works that began with a piece I did for an online exhibition for ica london in early 2012. All three of the works used my own 4-track cassette masters from the mid-1980s as material for these new works. Each piece was composed using an old 4-track cassette-master of songs that I recorded in 1983/84 in my bedroom. Because the 4-track cassette deck ran at double speed, the tapes played now on a regular cassette player run at half speed - with the left side running in reverse, and the right side running forwards.

As I listened to the master tapes, I captured various snippets, and used them to build new works - bringing my past into the present. The original 4-track recordings were made a year or so out of high school, as well as a year or so after leaving the "seditionaries", the Los Angeles punk band that included me as its lead singer. The original 4-track masters were first attempts to move into a territory between the darkness of Bauhaus and Joy Division and the jangly dissonance of early Felt, Gang of Four, Orange Juice and Josef K.

Although I'm not entirely sure what was on these two master tapes (almost nothing was labelled), the weird slow recordings still managed to offer bits that sparked memories, yet at the same time most of what I heard was unfamiliar - feeling like new material. I tried not to process any of the original sounds other than using some eq, so that the quality of the sound sources (a casio, my voice, guitar, drum machine), as well as my original sound making actions, were still able to "speak". Thus, none of the sounds have been dramatically altered."-Steve Roden

Artist Biographies

"Steve Roden is an American sound and visual artist, who pioneered the lowercase style of music; where quiet, usually unheard, sounds are amplified to form complex and rich soundscapes. His discography includes Forms of Paper, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles public library.

In 2013 Steve Roden's work was featured in a two-person exhibition with Jenny Perlin at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH and in a solo exhibition at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA. In 2010, a mid-career survey of Roden's work was presented at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, curated by Howard Fox. Solo exhibitions include the Creative Media Center, City University of Hong Kong; the Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa; the Henry Art Museum, Seattle; the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens; the San Francisco Art Institute; the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science; the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs; and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, among others.

His work has been included in exhibitions at the Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco; the Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas; the Mercosur Biennial in Porto Allegre, Brazil; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Drawing Room, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla; the Sculpture Center, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou Museum, Paris; the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles & Miami MOCA, Miami, the Drawing Center, New York. Steve Roden was also a recent recipient of the 2011 Artist Grant of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and recently of a California Community Foundation Getty Fellowship Grant."

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Track Listing:


1 Between Yellow And White 10:10


2 Between Blue And Black 10:08

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Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Electroacoustic Composition
Solo Artist Recordings
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Electroacoustic Composition
Solo Artist Recordings
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

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