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field recordings of mind in morning

by Hank Lazer and Holland Hopson

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A companion to Hank Lazer's book of the same title published by BlazeVOX [books] wp.blazevox.org/product/field-recordings-of-mind-in-morning/

"Holland Hopson and I began exploring how these poems might function as prompts or scores for musical improvisation. We began working on these possibilities even before the pandemic enforced our isolation from one another. It wasn’t until March 2021 when our vaccinations were completed and our antibodies had built up sufficiently that we were able once again to work in person for two recording sessions which produced this album.

Though Holland’s contribution came after the poems were written, I am certain that his music has changed the way I read, think about, and hear the poems and their many possibilities for performance. The music has given the poems new life."
--Hank Lazer

Listen along with the book:
Track 1 - page 41
Track 2 - page 54
Track 3 - pages 57-58
Track 4 - page 93
Track 5 - page 42

Track 6 - page 39
Track 7 - page 92
Track 8 - pages 89-90
Track 9 - page 66
Track 10 - page 91

Track 11 - page 23
Track 12 - page 22
Track 13 - page 25
Track 14 - pages 73-74
Track 15 - pages 51-52

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released September 3, 2021

Holland Hopson: banjos
Hank Lazer: poetry, voice

Holland Hopson is a sound and media artist, composer and improviser. A multi-instrumentalist, he usually performs on clawhammer banjo and electronics. Holland often augments his instruments with custom-designed sensor interfaces and performs with his own highly responsive, interactive computer programs. Holland has performed in Australia, Europe and North America with notable experimental and outsider musicians. Holland is Assistant Professor of Arts Entrepreneurship in New College at the University of Alabama and a Fellow of the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI). For more information: www.hollandhopson.com

Hank Lazer has published thirty-two books of poetry, including COVID19 SUTRAS (2020), Slowly Becoming Awake (N32), (2019), Poems That Look Just Like Poems (in English and in French, 2019), Brush Mind: Second Hand (2018), Evidence of Being Here: Beginning in Havana (N27), (2018), & Thinking in Jewish (N20) (2017). Lazer has performed jazz-poetry improvisations in the US and Cuba with musicians Davey Williams, Omar Pérez, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Holland Hopson, and others. Readings & interviews are available through PennSound, as well as in special issues of Plume #34, Talisman #42, and spacecraft #10. In 2015, Lazer received Alabama’s most prestigious literary prize, the Harper Lee Award, for lifetime achievement in literature. For more information: www.hanklazer.com

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Holland Hopson is a sound and media artist, composer and improviser. He usually performs on clawhammer banjo and electronics. Holland often augments his instruments with custom-designed sensor interfaces and performs with his own highly responsive, interactive computer programs. Holland has performed in Australia, Europe and North America with notable experimental and outsider musicians. ... more

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