New Blank Forms volume includes 20-hour Theo Parrish interview

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The penultimate, ninth edition of the Blank Forms anthology series, titled Sound Signatures, features a 20 hour conversation between Detroit house music icon Theo Parrish and music journalist Mike Rubin from 2022.

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Spanning over four days, Rubin has described the fruits of the interview as a “dance music remix of the Frost/Nixon tapes”, with a deep dive on the legendary DJ and producer’s childhood in Chicago’s South Side, his sculptural training and collaborations with artists like Moodymann, Rick Wilhite and more, plus an exploration of how social movements in 2020 have inspired his practice and dance music at large all included.

Blank Forms 09: Sound Signatures also covers an illustrated discussion between Druphad singer Amelia Cuni and the sound artist and tuning theorist Marcus Pal, where Cuni’s years of studying voice and dance in India, her interpretations of John Cage and collaborations with Terry Riley and the late Catherine Christer Hennix published alongside deeply researched essays from Cuni on Hindustani classical music.

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The final part of the collection features “reminiscences” from both composer and performer Akio Suzuki and musician Aki Onda on the Fluxus pioneer and Taj Mahal Travellers founder Takehisa Kosugi, complete with a translated criticism from Kosugi himself.

Blank Forms is a non-governmental, nonprofit organisation and curatorial platform that focuses on the preservation and presentation of experimental performance, based Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Its anthology series has covered figures like Texan composer Jerry Hunt, Organic Music pioneers Don and Moki Cherry, as well as Japanese free jazz trailblazer Masayuki Takayangi in previous editions.

Buy Blank Forms 09: Sound Signature here

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Written by: Tim Hopkins

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