sedcd055 | Released in 2010 | Ltd Edition 500 copies | $10 Zwolfzungen
ALESSANDRO BOSETTI: Zwolfungen (twelve portraits of languages I don’t understand) sedcd055, 60-minute compact disc with original artwork by Baltimore artist Erin Womack and handmade letterpress ten-panel cardstock sleeves by Shelter Bookworks
Alessandro Bosetti is a longtime friend and a musical colleague of many of our friends as well. We have followed Bosetti’s creative development over the years and admire his challenging and often discomfort inducing works and live performances. Though we assumed that his sharing the recording of Zwolfzungen with us a few years back was just to keep us abreast of another of his unique projects( this one originally as a piece for German radio), it’s power and musicality struck us as being his most realized work up to that point and it was clear and without hesitation that we should make it tangible via the label. We feel it is a perfect synergy of Bosetti’s deep interest in text based works combined with all of his broad and dexterous musical abilities. A subtle and understated masterpiece. We are also proud to once again be working with Shelter Bookworks(re: Area C) on the creation and design of the handmade card stock sleeve. Their attention to the detail of materials and execution is unmatched. The inclusion and choice of the eerie and charming drawings of Erin Womack as the artwork for the panels help make this document more than the sum of its parts and something to behold.
I like to listen to languages I don’t understand. I like the moment when the understanding of words stops and every language starts to “make noise”. All languages have a special sound, some more than others have particular acoustic characteristics that delight this musician’s ears.