Wide Weird World of Henry Jacobs/The Fine Art of Goofing Off [CD & DVD]

The Wide Weird World of Henry Jacobs/The Fine Art of Goofing Off [CD & DVD]

by Henry Jacobs
     
 
The origins of the CD part of this CD-plus-DVD set lie under the floorboards of an old house in Mill Valley, CA, where the new owner found a grimy box of reel-to-reel tapes. Upon further inspection, they were found to belong to sound experimenter Henry Jacobs, who had lived in the house before moving to a more remote location in Marin. The tapes were cleaned up and

Overview

The origins of the CD part of this CD-plus-DVD set lie under the floorboards of an old house in Mill Valley, CA, where the new owner found a grimy box of reel-to-reel tapes. Upon further inspection, they were found to belong to sound experimenter Henry Jacobs, who had lived in the house before moving to a more remote location in Marin. The tapes were cleaned up and restored, and selections of their content are presented here as The Wide Weird World of Henry Jacobs. Listening to this disc isn't exactly a musical experience, although there are occasional snatches of music here and there. It's really more of a window into the mind of one of America's quirkiest sound artists, a man who took delight in created wild collages of found sound, interviews (both real and fake), crank calls, and field recordings. The DVD contains three half-hour television programs, each titled "The Fine Art of Goofing Off," that Jacobs created in 1972 for San Francisco public television. Consisting of crude animation, stop-action photography, collage, and his unique tapestries of sound, these shows are dated but utterly delightful.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
Label:
Important Records
UPC:
0793447505428
catalogNumber:
54

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hello
  2. Cigarette Yoga
  3. Dead Air
  4. Dean Marlon Group Demonstration
  5. Inbetween a
  6. Vortex
  7. Wilder Service
  8. Guitar Lesson
  9. Lowdown on the New Line
  10. For the Residents of Texas
  11. Alleluia
  12. Love You
  13. Audio Collage
  14. Reflexive Sound Therapy
  15. Time Compression Tests
  16. Telephone Therapy
  17. Squares
  18. Id
  19. Sounds for Radio
  20. Interlude
  21. Monotone
  22. Made in California
  23. For the Sick
  24. Off Beat
  25. Every Drop
  26. Scarekicks
  27. His Story of Jazz
  28. Non-Ethnic Humor
  29. Inbetween B
  30. Beatniks, Bohemians, And Business
  31. Failures
  32. Fluidoodle
  33. Robin Birds
  34. Hula Lesson
  35. False Start
  36. Love Burrow
  37. Emergency Use Only
  38. Drumhead Jones
  39. [Untitled Track]

Disc 2

  1. The Fine Art of Goofing Off

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