Forms of Paper (remastered)

by STEVE RODEN

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley This is an exercise in deep listening...
My first encounter with Steve Roden's work was the Dust To Digital curatorial release "I listen to the wind that obliterates my traces"...the tautology of that phrase intrigues me and so does Forms of Paper: quiet,intense,spacious,intricate...we are in micro territory here and we must adjust our perception accordingly...I think it is beautiful.
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“Like the object that it takes as its point of departure, Forms of Paper unfolds from a nominally two dimensional plane into a space shot through with hidden depths and cavities, each one a wormhole leading to a realm as full of possibility as silence itself.”
( The Wire, UK )

“Alluring…”
( Boomkat.com )

Forms of Paper was originally released on LINE in October of 2001, the seventh release on LINE and the first solo release on the label by sound and visual artist Steve Roden. LINE is proud to reissue this work in time for its 10th anniversary. Forms of Paper has been lovingly remastered by Bernhard Günter.

Please download the accompanying 8-page essay “on lowercase affinities and forms of paper” by Steve Roden to learn more about this release’s history and its reissue.


Forms of Paper was created for the “Art in the Libraries Exhibition” and installed in the Frank Gehry designed Hollywood Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in August, the work was created with the quiet space of the library as a major consideration, amplified at a very low volume level. All of the sounds in the composition are the sounds of book pages being handled. This cd version has been expanded and re-worked into a one hour composition. Roden says of the CD “I imagine the work as something of a folded piece of white paper sculpture; where shadows, folds, and light enable one to see not only the white of the paper, but a full spectrum of grays as well.”

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released October 1, 2011

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Richard Chartier's LINE publishes editions documenting compositional & installation works by international sound artists & composers exploring the aesthetics of minimalism.

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