This limited-edition release, housed in
a metal box, comprises an individually duplicated audio cassette carrying
two pieces by Joseph Clayton Mills, Nightingale
and Soliloquy; the poem [ode to the sleeper] by Carrie Olivia
Adams; a small portrait of the poet John Keats on his deathbed; and a magnet,
an eraser, and brief instructions for their use.
In Nightingale, a recording of
F. Scott Fitzgerald reading the first line of the poem Ode to a
Nightingale by John Keats is looped and layered. The words “my heart
aches” are repeated, mimicking the incessant rhythm of a heartbeat, until
an auditory hallucination eventually transforms the phrase into the request
to “take my heart.”
two statements and a question gradually emerge from and disappear into
white noise, a humming voice, and breath.
at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, 2020-2022.
Special thanks to Giuseppe Ielasi for mastering
assistance on an earlier iteration of Nightingale.
Suppedaneum no. 25.
Joseph Clayton Mills is an artist, composer, and
performer working at the intersection of language, composition, and
archival practice. A former Chicagoan, he remains an active participant in
the improvised and experimental music community there, where his
collaborators have included Adam Sonderberg and
Steven Hess (as Haptic), Michael Vallera (as Maar), Noé
Cuéllar (as Partial), Jason Stein, Michael Pisaro, and Olivia Block, among many others. His
recordings have appeared on numerous labels, including Another Timbre, FSS, and Entr’acte. In 2013, in collaboration with Noé Cuéllar, he launched the
label Suppedaneum to focus on releasing scores and their realizations. He
has received commissions and grants from the Chicago Film Archive, Black
Cinema House (Rebuild Foundation), the Illinois Arts Council, the
Experimental Sound Studio, and, in 2016, was artist in residence at the
Sonic Arts Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago, where she is the
promotions and marketing communications director for the University of
Chicago Press and the co-founder and poetry editor for the indie press
Black Ocean. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Be the thing of
Books 2021); Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015); Forty-One Jane
Doe's (book and companion DVD,
Ahsahta 2013); and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta
2009) in addition to the chapbooks
"Proficiency Badges" (Meeking
Press 2020); "Grapple" (above/ground press 2017); "Overture
in the Key of F" (above/ground press 2013); and "A Useless
Window" (Black Ocean 2007). When she's not making poetry, she's
usually making biscuits. Her recent work, including pieces made while the
artist-in-residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science, draws
on found text and antique source material to tell the quiet stories of
overlooked women. She also often collaborates with dancers, choreographers,
and musicians to create works that expand beyond the static page.
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