DJ Spooky takes on Antarctica in The Book of Ice

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Mark Batty Publisher has announced The Book of Ice, a multidisciplinary, multimedia exploration of Antarctica by Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky.

Paul D. Miller The Book of Ice

In The Book of Ice, Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, applies his artistic sensibility, scientific curiosity, and sweeping perspective to his study of Antarctica, diving in and returning with an astounding remix of essays, music, photographs, interviews, architectural plans, and propaganda. Envisioning a future revolution sparked by “The Manifesto of the People’s Republic of Antarctica,” The Book of Ice travels through space and time to tell the story of an uninhabited, nationless continent.

With the images from his journey to the bottom of the world, original artwork, and re-appropriated archival materials, Miller offers an utterly new vision of Antarctica. As Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, remarks in his foreword, The Book of Ice is “infused with Paul D. Miller’s iconic imagination…. [It] casts a new and different light on this frozen terrain that has long been Earth’s most mysterious region. The book amplifies Antarctica’s frozen isolation, punctured now with ever greater frequency, and reveals its own set of hidden connections, remixing ice anew.” Drawing on the continent’s rich history of inspiring exploration and artistic endeavors, Miller uses Antarctica as a point on entry for contemplating humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

Not confined to paper, The Book of Ice is a hybrid work containing QR codes that readers can use to access Miller’s companion film, North/South, among other media. Part fictional manifesto, part history, and part scientific rumination, The Book of Ice furthers Miller’s reputation as an innovative artist capable of turning old into new.

The Book of Ice will be available this July, priced at $29.95 USD.

More information: The Book of Ice


Mark Batty Publisher announces Toy Instruments: Design, Nostalgia, Music

Eric Schneider Toy Instruments: Design, Nostalgia, Music

Mark Batty Publisher has announced Toy Instruments: Design, Nostalgia, Music, a book written by the German author/toy instrument aficionado Eric Schneider.

Toy Instruments comprises an eye-popping collection of musical toys from around the world made between the 1950s and today. Culled from author Eric Schneider’s personal collection, Toy Instruments is the first book to explore this niche of the toy industry doing so with an informative and humorous approach. With an intro from the author and a foreword from world-renown experimental electronic and hip-hop musician Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, the book collects the toy instruments you may remember from your past, and the wacky ones you’ll find hard to believe ever existed.

From the late 70s to the early 80s, the heyday of these bleeping, chirping, thrumming and keening devices, while children were busy driving their parents crazy with battery-powered sounds, adults were incorporating the unique tones into the earliest samples of electronic music and techno. And, just as dazzling as the cacophony of sounds produced by these toys are the designs of the toys, as well as their packaging. Made all over the world, the predominately gender-neutral design applied to the products and packaging is at times more fascinating than the toys.

Toy Instruments: Design, Nostalgia, Music is available to purchase for $19.95 USD.

More information: Mark Batty Publisher


Ghost World – A Story in Sound

Ghost World - A Story in Sound by Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid

Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid (Paul D. Miller) has released a free mix done as a project for the Dokolo Foundation at the Venice Biennial 2007.

Paul writes:

The “Ghost World” mix is all about the multiple rhythms and languages of Africa, but it makes no attempt to give you everything – it’s from my record collection. That’s why the “story” of the mix is about: polyrhythm, multiplex reality. There’s even more current material like the Kuduru sounds of Luanda (who says Techno doesn’t exist in Africa!?) and old school hip hop like Zimbabwe Legit from the early 90’s of classic “conscious” school hip hop.

The mix can be downloaded here (m4a format). Check the Ghost World page for a complete tracklisting.

Link via Boing Boing