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Outside My Window The City Is Never Silent: A Bestiary
Lee Ranaldo

Notes: This compendium utilizes selected material from the following titles: Amarillo Ramp, The Bridge Deva, Spain; Fragments El Oido, first computer piece: the View From Here [Root (for TM)] Sudden Infant (remix) to Mary Walker Groves. Sounds by: Kim Gordon, William Hooker, Takehisa Kosugi, Alan Licht, David Linton, Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, Lee Ranaldo, Sudden Infant, William Winant. The voices of: Charles Bukowski, Raymond Carver, George Cowdery, Thom Degesu, Kim Gordon, Courtney Love, Thurston Moore, Cody Ranaldo, Lee Ranaldo, Leah Singer. You Are Everywhere And Nowhere, All At Once: the sounds of forgotten conversations, voices of loved ones, talks delivered via wire, crosscut with various tone poems (music(s)), with the hope of formulating new dream theories. You are listening to a conversation that took place in heaven, some time ago. This piece grows out of recent works I have been creating dealing with the phrases constructed from various recycled bits of voice and sound, the silences between them, and the cross-pollinations which occur as they are combined in different ways. The sound components have been gathered from across a large number of works I've done through the years. I decided to use these bits and selections as the raw material from which to create a sort of (Esonic journal or notebook. In the last few years I've done a few sound installations based around a set of fragments of voices which I've collected, and most of these are drawn upon here. The voices are those of friends, family, and loved ones, and other artists, and although chosen for personal reasons, my hope is that the various voices will overlay to create a narrative of their own. This piece was originally created for a Belgian radio broadcast in 2000.

- Lee Ranaldo

2002 LP on Chocolate Monk / Hell's Half Halo (US)


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