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What Sound Looks Like

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What Sound Looks Like

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Liner notes I wrote for Michel Banabila’s album Early Works, now out on Bureau B.

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What Sound Looks Like

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Doorbells are a sign of welcome. They adorn an entrance and serve as an introduction. They make an address’ early if not first impression, and inform the inhabitant of the visitor’s own personality as well. You can learn something about someone by the way they ring a doorbell. Do they hold it for a long time? Do they let go too quickly? Do they impatiently ring a second time? Do they pause for awhile after their feet announce their arrival on the doorstep? Doorbells may be a sign of welcome, but this setting places the ringers so far from the door that they’re almost on the neighbor’s property. The wires extend far from the bells before entering the wall and venturing inside the home. Then there’s that patch of black tape. It’s as though there had once been a third bell, but it’s gone missing. The sign of welcome has, in fact, run away. Perhaps we should, too.

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Michel Banabila’s recent album of early works, for which I wrote the liner note, was on the new release board at the great San Francisco record store Aquarius, which closed down this week in advance of new ownership and a new name.

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A snippet of the assembly language code in the liner note to Tristan Perich’s new gadget-as-album release, Noise Patterns, released late last month on Physical Editions..

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