61 minutes (CD)
Hand-letter pressed and numbered in
a limited edition of 2000.
The New Now Sounds
of Today! is a CD compilation of songpoems written by contemporary
visual artists. They composed the lyrics, and specified the musical genre
and vocal style in which they wanted to hear them performed. A professional
songwriting company then wrote the songs, thereby allowing contemporary
visual artists to test the unfamiliar waters of consensual ersatz glamour.
In giving up creative control in order to become a star, the song-poet
enters into a collusion with the musician/producer to construct an alternate,
democratic version of celebrity culture. Highlights include John Baldessari's
new-age "Learn to Draw" and Mike Kelley's pop-folk tune "Anal
Sadistic". Other lyrics were provided by Alexis Smith, Jim Shaw,
Rev. & Mrs. Ethan Acres, Stephen Prina, Pae White, Rubén Ortiz
Torres, Martin Kersels, Tamara Fites, Sharon Ellis, Judy Fiskin, Steven
Hull, Doug Harvey, Jeffrey Vallance, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Joe
Scanlan, Dave Muller, Eleanor Antin, Gary Simmons, and Robert Heinecken.