Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

July 5, 2020

Fossils & Bill Shute album “Florida Nocturne Poems” available for free at Bandcamp!

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Happy to see that the 2017 version of the KSE music-and-poetry album combining the Hamilton, Ontario sound-art collective FOSSILS and my readings of the four FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS from 2012….an album that sold out in a few months when it came out…is now available to all via streaming or download at Fossils’s Bandcamp page.

Here is the original write-up on KSE #362:

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New interpretations of Bill Shute’s 2012 “Florida Nocturne Poems” with Canada’s free-improv/noise masters FOSSILS

FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE

FLORIDA NOCTURNE REVISITED (KSE #362, CDR album)

contains the pieces

SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING

MONDO DAYTONA

 PEACH COBBLER IN THE POKER ROOM

JUPITER IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR

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FOSSILS ARE

Daniel Farr and David Payne

Texts and vocal, Bill Shute

Music recorded in HamiltonON

Poetry tracks recorded in AustinTX by Mari Rubio

issued March 2017

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Longtime readers will remember the four poetry chapbooks in the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS sequence, composed during my Summer 2012 “writing vacation” in Central Florida. For a number of reasons, I will never forget that sojourn. First, it was very satisfying and covered a lot of territory–and much of my writing happened at dog-tracks. Second, I passed through Sanford, Florida, and it was soon after the tragic Trayvon Martin shooting there. Third, on the last day of that trip, in a Jacksonville (a city with more police presence than I’ve ever seen) motel across the street from a Bob Evans restaurant, I received a call telling me that my mother had passed away.

In 2014, FOSSILS and I created an album mixing their sound sculpture with my 2012 Florida poems, alternating music and poetry. That album was well-received and we were very happy with it. Now, we present a NEW interpretation of the Florida Nocturne Poems with FOSSILS sound sculpture woven into the poems themselves (or is it that the poem texts are woven into the FOSSILS sound fabric–probably both), not presented separately.

As I listen to these tracks, I feel that these poems perfectly capture what I was trying to do….and what I am still doing in my present works. The collage of image and incident is peppered with just the right amount of each element, and the shards are placed into suspension to create the perfect assemblage. If you are not familiar with my work, this would be a good place to start. The themes I dealt with in 2012, alas, are even more relevant today. And when you weave these readings into the rich and deeply-textured FOSSILS sound sculptures—-which are heavily percussive and also include found sounds and conversation—-you have a sensory experience rooted in the heat and humidity of Central Florida in the summer.

Whatever people may think of this product, I can assure you no one else is doing anything remotely like it. Fossils and I have tossed this message in a bottle on to the polluted ocean of 2017 society. Let it wash up on your shore, open the bottle, and give it a try….

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Free download or streaming of the album at

https://fossills.bandcamp.com/album/florida-nocturne-poems

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I was very happy with the four-chapbook FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS sequence, and I don’t think those pieces are included in any in-print collection, and they are not included in the selected poems book (Junk Sculpture From The New Gilded Age) of mine coming out from Moloko Print in Germany, so maybe I’ll look into putting them together as a stand-alone volume….if I ever get around to it.

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