Love the NOTES project. Also, the rendition of
I Want to be Riveted video on your website is so good. It's a lot
of noise but it is amazing to watch and hear and very inspiring. You
look like a wild animal—in the best possible sense. Wild in voice, in
group, in tone—the whole thing is amazing. I would have loved to
have been there.
In the early 1970s I bound a small leather
blank book of handmade paper.Titled Musical Theory, for a couple of decades it was used
for jotting down riffs, lyrics, and thoughts. In 2012 this book was acquired by the
Special Collections department of Yale Uniiversity's Robert B. Haas
Family Arts Library. It was included in their exhibition,
Jazz and the
Book Arts, February 24 — June 16, 2014.
The edition of Notes includes
reproductions of pages from the Musical Theory manuscript,
original archived material from the 1970s and 1980s,
sheet music, photos of the construction of the musical chair, and a CD.
Available are 15 copies bound in cloth, 5 copies in leather, and a unique copy bound to a musical chair.
The binding opens flat throughout the book.
Above: a page from the section "Phoneme Riffs."
NOTES includes the score for Adventures in Ku-Ta-Ba Wa-Do
Each copy includes one original color field linoleum block print from the series
made for the original edition of Adventures in Ku-Ta-Ba Wa-Do in 1972.
For the recording session at Mercury Studios, the 12 musicians had a set of
prints on their music stands with the score. Below is an example of one print;
the one in each copy of NOTES will be be different.
A CD of the 1972 recording is included with NOTES.
Every copy of the book includes an original
limited edition record jacket
I printed letterpress in 1981 for the never released recording of I Wanna Be Riveted, performed
by Old Man Rivet and the Rivetheads at the Allan Stone Gallery, May 5,
1981. The song title and band name came from Musical Theory. Photo of
Minsky as Old Man Rivet by Peter Seidler, jacket design by Pat Gorman. The sleeve is
hung in a double-sided window.
Notes also includes several sheet music
transcriptions of MIDI compositions from the 1990s.
copy of Notes is chained to a bench with 23 vintage organ pipes. The
chair and keyboard console are made from the wood of one cherry tree
that went down in a lighning storm. Photos of the construction of
this work are
color reproductions of pages from the unique original manuscript book and additional new material. It
will be printed in archival digital
offset, in a hardbound
cloth binding by Richard
Minsky. Limited to fifteen
copies numbered 1-15, each includes
limited edition record jacket printed letterpress in 1988 for the
never released recording of I Wanna Be Riveted, and other
inclusions.Size: 12" x 9"
Notes Limited Edition
Edition: limited to five signed copies numbered I-V in a
Notes Deluxe Edition
Musical Chair: unique binding on a 13' x 9.5" copy of Notes,
printed in archival high-resolution inkjet, chained to a cherry wood bench
incorporating organ pipes, with a keyboard console made of wood from the
same tree. See photos above.
If you are interested in acquiring the chair, please use the
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