Jeff Keen 1980s cassette recordings released on Trunk

© Matt Haas

This November, Jonny Trunk is releasing a collection of recordings by British artist and film maker Jeff Keen, who died earlier this year. The album will be titled Noise Art, and its 14 tracks are sourced from cassette recordings Keen made in the 1980s. The pieces use field and sound recordings of the TV and radio, a WASP synth, an Atari, a Spectrum, a microphone, the local arcade, and a cassette recorder.

Trunk plans to press the album to vinyl in batches of 100 (starting with clear vinyl, and adding different colours, switching to black after 500), with each batch carrying a different Jeff Keen screenprint on the cover, taken from sketchbooks that have not yet been seen.

Trunk says: "[Keen's] art and film making seemed to explode and burst out from him endlessly, and over his varied art life he managed to develop his own visual and verbal languages. These languages and the way he creates manifest themselves in a variety of different ways throughout these recordings, whether it be a desire to create a new noise out of de-tuning the radio, or simply narrating his "artblatz" poetry through an over-amped microphone and a funny noise."

More details incoming on the Trunk site. For advanced warning, the Trunk mailing list is here.

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