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Saturday, December 17, 2005

STEVEN R. SMITH: "THESE VILLAGES"/"THE SCALE OF CONJUNCTION"

Just been digging some recently-arrived limited-edition self-published chapbooks, pt together by musician/artist Steven R Smith:



Both contain a fistful of seriously groovy sketches and linocuts by Steven:



Man, I looove stuff like this.

"This chapbook," says a note at the back of the one called "These Villages", "may or may not accompany the Hala Strana release 'These Villages.'"

There's also an interesting mention here of Gustav Mesmer, "The Icarus of the Lauter valley" (1903-1994): schizophrenic inventor and builder of flying-bicycles. There's some stuff here about Mesmer and the nut-house that they eventually incarcerated him in. Mesmer also, less famously, conceptualised and built a bunch of unlikely hybrid musical instruments like the guitar-trumpet, etc...



Available, as usual, from Steven's site, along w/ a raftful of other goodies.

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