this edition of framework:afield was produced in montreal, canada by france jobin, as part of her regular series, my favorite things. for more information on her work, see http://i8u.com. france says:
Framework – i8u – my favorite things (Installment #7)
Bonjour, I am france jobin, better know as i8u. Welcome back to “these are a few of my favorite things”.
As mentioned in earlier installments, my interpretation of field recording based works is very broad, however the thread I like to follow is to find artists who have mastered their unique identity through the music of sound.
This 7th installment will focus on the label DER, Dragon’s eye recordings, based in LA and run by sound artist Yann Novak.
Focusing on limited edition releases by emerging and mid-carrier sound artists, composers and producers, Dragon’s Eye’s goal is to foster personal and artistic relationships with its artists and to function as a meeting ground for its artists to further develop relationships with one another. The curation of the imprint by Novak is done primarily through real world relationships, with some virtual exceptions. By focusing on human interactions and talent, rather than style or genre, Dragon’s Eye’s catalogue has slowly become a melting pot of sounds, processes and practices.
Dragon’s Eye values interconnectedness and encourages it by offering its artists a chance to showcase their own visual concepts, commission artists they have worked with, or recruit Dragon’s Eye’s partners to help create the visual representations for their releases. Through these practices, Dragon’s Eye offers a more personal presentation of its artists for their audience and creates a catalogue that is diverse yet bonded through human collaboration.
Dragon’s Eye Recordings was originally founded by Paul Novak, (Yann Novak’s father), in 1989 as the audio/visual arm of Only Connect…Publications. Paul was and still is a bread baker and avid record collector. Only Connect…Publications was his first venture to self-publish his bread recipes. Through his new publishing company, Paul designed his book on an Apple Plus computer, commissioned a friend and artist to create the painting for the cover, and recruited a musician to compose an original work to accompany bread making. Due to his love and passion for both music and record collecting, Paul created Dragon’s Eye Recordings to compliment his publishing company. All of these pursuits had a strong impact on his son who would later relaunch the label in 2005 and try to stay true to these communal values endowed in the label.
(artist / track / album on DER / website)
Shinkei / Untitled / Static Forms / http://www.yugen-art.org
Pierre Gérard / wooden mouldings for the assembly (to C. Brancusi) / Static Forms / http://www.pierregerard.eu
Fourm / Seagram Series (for MArk Rothko) / Clean Forms / http://www.myspace.com/sicomm
Turra / Alluminium.Zinc / Clean Forms / http://www.navenight.com
Tomas Phillips & Jason Bivins / Ohne Titel 2 / Blau / http://www.incursion.org/phillips
Mimoza Moize / Live at unit 3.03 / Live at unit 3.03 / http://www.mimosamoize.com
Simon Whetham / 02 Part (Paths, Crossings) / prayers Unheard / http://www.simonwhetham.co.uk
Yann Novak / The breeze blowing over us / Infrequency Editions / http://www.yannnovak.com