When I was 20 years old, I wrote a short book called Ugly glass. A couple of land masses. I don’t know which one is real. It was probably the most exhaustive creative effort I have ever undertaken (which includes two other books, and 10 cds), and maybe my favorite thing I have done so far in my life. It’s weird because I don’t think that anyone I currently know has ever read it besides Paul and my oldest friend Nickey. At this point, I only have one copy of it (I sold the rest) and no digital records. I keep meaning to do something about that, but then not doing it instead. The book is experimental literature that largely relies on heavy computer formatting, which makes it really easy to be lazy and not type up. Honestly, I don’t even know if I could at this point.
When I was 22 I made an audio representation of a part of the book. I say “representation” because the way the book is written, most of it can’t really be read out loud in a natural way. I wanted to make a recording of the way I always imagined it being experienced in the head of a reader. The recording was done on a Tascam 4-track using my voice and Em’s keyboard. I didn’t really know what I was doing, so it took me a long time to complete, but I am really happy with the way it turned out.
The following recording was part of a long out of print E.P. my band Swallows put out years ago.