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Kahn, Jason

Voice and Sky [BOOK + CD]

Kahn, Jason : Voice and Sky [BOOK + CD] (Editions)

Sound experimenter and electroacoustic organizer Jason Kahn revisits previous works and expands on them with the book and CD release, with an essay on his approach towards public space interventions and text / sound installations, a track listing, photographs from the locations of his field recordings, and texts and prose poems to accompany the listener.

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UPC: 9783033066564

Label: Editions
Catalog ID: 007
Squidco Product Code: 25694

Format: BOOK + CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Book with CD
Recorded in the Swiss and German Alps by the artist.


Jason Kahn-voice, field recordings

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Voice and Sky provides both a look at a previous work, On the Breeze - a series of public space interventions and text / sound installation - and an extension of that work in the form of a book and CD publication. My view is that an installation or any kind of work dealing with the idea of space - be it a public space or a designated art space - can only be fully experienced by being in that space first hand.

In the case of On the Breeze, using material gathered hiking extensively through the Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, the final installation could only really be understood or felt within the context of the place the exhibition was held. The installation's use of the recordings made during the interventions and the text I wrote during my hikes through the mountains were directly intertwined with the environment one walked through to get to the exhibition, which was scattered throughout the Swiss countryside of Appenzell Ausserrhoden near the small town of Gais.

The idea of reconstructing On the Breeze in book and CD form would be impossible. The point of publishing this book, then, isn't about creating a documentation but quite simply to share my experience working on the public space interventions and the ensuing installation. It is my feeling that the text and recordings on the CD impart something universal and untethered from the context of the original installation. The primary material of On the Breeze was in fact not these texts or recordings but the very space itself and my experience there, inserting myself through voice, movement and text. Voice and Sky chronicles this process."-Editions

Artist Biographies

" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.

As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.

Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.

Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.

Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."

-Jason Kahn Website (

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Track Listing:

1. In Train To Urnasch 2:19

2. Town Of Appenzell Train Station 2:19

3. Fountain In Town Of Appenzell 2:31

4. Inside Pfarrkirche St. Mauritius, Town Of Appenzell 2:37

5. Outside Pfarrkirche St. Mauritius, Town Of Appenzell 2:38

6. Cemetary Outside Pfarrkirche St. Mauritius 2:28

7. Near Hoher Kasten 2:02

8. Between Hoher Kasten And Staubern 2:16

9. Near Staubern 2:37

10. Rainhutte 2:14

11. Near Plattenbodeli 2:30

12. Near Samtisersee 2:39

13. Near Maglisalp 2:33

14. Inside Chapel "Maria Zum Schnee", Meglisalp 2:43

15. Botzel 2:46

16. Near Rotsteinpass 3:18

17. On The Way To Samtisersee 2:40

18. Samtisersee 2:23

19. Fahlensee 2:19

20. On The Way To Altmann Summit 2:32

21. Passage Beneath Samtis Cablecar Station 1:27

22. Near Ohrli 2:30

23. Near Ahorn 2:34

24. Inside Ahorn Chapel 2:47

25. Leuenfall 2:37

26. Roadside Chapel On The Way To Wasserauen 2:44

27. Thresher In A Field Outside Wasserauen 2:32

Related Categories of Interest:

Field Recordings
Unusual Vocal Forms
Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Solo Artist Recordings
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

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