Steve Roden – A Christmas Play for Joseph Cornell (New Plastic Music, 2007)


Steve Roden
A Christmas Play for Joseph Cornell

CDr New Plastic Music (USA, 2007)

01. A Christmas Play for Joseph Cornell

Steve Roden: field recordings, bathtub, vietnamese instrument, voice

This limited edition was created as a holiday release for winter 2007, and was based on a score by George Brecht from his water yam scores. The score reads:
A christmas play for Joseph Cornell.
Empty snow-covered field, frosted horizon sun glaring through the mist. in the near distance a bathtub lies on its side, open toward us.
First child: do you see that dark figure behind the creche?
Second child: (does not speak)
1959 – 62
I used field recordings from Norway as the empty snow covered field, frosted horizon, and sun through mist. I tapped my bathtub with mallets as the bathtub in the near distance, and used my voice as both child voices. I also added the sounds of a 1930’s home made christmas recording, and a vietnamese instrument purchased by my family several years ago as a gift. The cover photo was a found snapshot from 1959 that certainly reminded me of some of Cornell’s boxes.
(Steve Roden)

FR Pas très original de poster ce disque le jour de Noël, je sais. Même les meilleurs d’entre nous ont le droit de céder à la facilité.
ENG Yes, it’s Christmas day… And for those who don’t care that much about Christmas, let’s just say this is typical Roden.

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