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SOUND AMERICAN 21:
THE CHANGE ISSUE
The 127-page book was designed by Remake Design (who also created the now iconic Donald Judd: Writings book) and features words by or about Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Ornette Coleman, Nicole Kaack, Bradford Bailey, G. Lucas Crane, Jennie Gottschalk, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Margasak, Terry Riley, Kim Brandt, John Cage, Josh Sinton, Edgard Varése, Marc Hannaford, John Zorn, Matthew Mehlan, Million Tongues Festival, Alex Mincek, Lester St. Louis, and Steve Lehman. Each book is thoughtfully designed and printed in Belgium on quality paper with a lay-flat binding. Beyond being simply a journal issue suitable for the periodicals section of your library, these are artfully designed and rigorously constructed books meant to sit aside your favorite novels.
Each issue is:
- Printed using offset lithography in a special Pantone color throughout (which will change each issue)
- Bound with the highest quality thread-sewn binding, using cold glue and Otabind™, so the book lies open and stays completely flat, and will last for a lifetime.
- Printed on Holmen paper, an excellent Swedish stock
- Printed by die Keure, one of the finest book printers in the world in a limited edition of 500
This is the first issue of the new print run and is already going fast. You can purchase a subscription and receive each of 2019's three issues in the mail before it's released to the public, or purchase an individual copy at the link below.
Davis, Mitchell, Ortiz, Shipp: New American Songbooks, Vol. 2 LP
Volume 2 of Sound American's series that reimagines the American Songbook features very special solo performances from four of America's great jazz pianists: Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Aruan Ortiz, and Matthew Shipp. Listen as they navigate well-known hymns, some of the best that lesser-known singer-songwriters have to offer, jazz iconoclast Carla Bley, and the jazz dodecaphony of Ed Bland.
This limited edition LP features the second in a series of paintings by Lasse Marhaug, commissioned by Sound American and liner notes by SA Editor, Nate Wooley...if Volume 1 was any indication, these will go fast, so reserve your copy now before they're gone!
Joe McPhee: One Day...A Lightning Storm 10" Vinyl/Book
Originally recorded as an interview with Corbett vs. Dempsey’s John Corbett over two days at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, One Day...A Lightning Storm is a profound documentation of one artist’s path through discovering their voice while negotiating one of the most profoundly disturbing periods in American history. Joe’s stories remind us of the joy of self-discovery and give insight to a true American master.
This very special limited edition release features excerpts from Joe’s conversation with John Corbett and is accompanied by the complete interview in a beautifully designed 20 page booklet. It’s release coincides with the Blank Forms celebration of Joe’s career.
SA Vol. 2: Issues Four Through Seven
Due to a surprisingly large demand, SA began printing their back issues in this collected format last year and almost immediately sold out of Volume 1! Now we're pleased to present Volume 2 which features the best articles, essays, and interviews from our issues originally presented in 2014:
SA4: The What Is Music Issue
SA5: The Philadelphia Issue
SA6: The Maker Issue
SA7: The Deep Listening Issue
New American Songbooks Vol 1 LP
This debut LP by three radical American artists updates the time-worn concept of the American Songbook. Greg Saunier of Deerhoof joins two burgeoning legends of American experimental jazz: Ron Miles and Mary Halvorson to redefine American music outside of Tin Pan Alley. The result is an astounding new take on music by Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, John Williams, James P. Johnson, and others.
Copies of the limited edition LP are now completely SOLD OUT! You can still download and enjoy the music though!
Alex Mincek: Torrent CD
Torrent is the first recording of Mincek’s music since his 2011 self-titled debut on Carrier Records and launches Sound American’s Young Composer Portrait (YCP) series, which introduces emerging artists by releasing music from the span of their career alongside a series of interviews and essays that contextualize the ways in which their history, aesthetic, and sound thinking have informed their work to date.
Torrent is being released as a deluxe art object meant to give the listener a multivalent overview of Mincek’s history, aesthetic, and impact on the contemporary music world. The disc comes in a beautiful hardcover book-like case along with 28 pages of notes including the composer’s conversation with Sound American Editor and experimental trumpeter Nate Wooley and in-depth interviews with musicians working closely with Mincek, including Ian Antonio, Eric Wubbels, and Josh Modney.
The Widow's Joy LP
Produced in conjunction with Ian Nagoski's Canary Records Label and the mighty Mississippi Records of Portland, Oregon, SA entered the recording world with this very special limited edition of lost 78 rpm recordings of the songs of Eastern European Immigrant party music! With a special cover by Mississippi's Eric Isaacson and a corresponding book of research by Ian Nagoski at his most raconteurish, this is an incredible insight into what the hard scrabble, hard working, just generally hard immigrants of the mining country of the early 20th century listened to when blowing off steam. A true party record!
New/Rediscovered Musical Instruments
A much needed reprint of the seminal pamphlet produced by David Toop, Max Eastley, Hugh Davies, Evan Parker, and Paul Lytton in the 1970s. This strange booklet contains diagrams, schematics, pictures, and descriptions of some of the home made instruments of a small group of experimental musicians in the UK during that period. It is a document of a very special time in the history of European improvisation and conceptual music.
We hope to have a reprint in 2020.