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Artist Steve Roden blends old photos, recordings on new CD

Artist Steve Roden blends old photos, recordings on new CD

The genesis of "... i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces," a new book of vintage photographs with musical accompaniment, came simply, during one of artist Steve Roden's regular visits to the flea market.

"This is how it always happens — I found a photo," says Roden with a tone of amused resignation, relaxing on a couch in his Pasadena living room. The photo, he recalls, was of two guys sitting on a lawn; one was playing a clarinet, and the other had a mandolin. Standing between them was a howling coyote, which appeared to be singing along.

"I just stared at this photo for ages," he recalls. "I was like, this is so amazing....

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