Leah Singer is a photographer and multimedia artist. She is the long-time artistic collaborator and wife of Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Singer performs with multiple modified film projectors that allow her to improvise and manipulate the film projections by adjusting the frame rate. She has likened what she does with film as similar to DJs who scratch with records.
Lee Mark Ranaldo (born February 3, 1956) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, writer, visual artist and record producer, best known as a co-founder of the alternative rock band Sonic Youth. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Ranaldo at number 33 on its "Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list
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Lee M. Ranaldo (born February 3, 1956) is an American singer, guitarist, writer, record producer, and visual artist, probably best known as a co-founder of the rock band Sonic Youth. Ranaldo was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, and graduated from Binghamton University.
Lee Ranaldo returns to Shanghai this month as part of JUE Festival. He talks to Time Out about swinging guitars on ropes, recording Hurricane Sandy and more. As much as we can. I’m coming with Leah Singer my wife this time, which is very exciting for me because we’re going to be presenting a completely different thing that what Sonic Youth presented obviously, or what I would present with my band who I’m also trying to get over to China at some point. What do you remember about the gigs specifically in Shanghai and Beijing?
A book and audio CD, Water Days documents an exchange of pictures, texts, sounds and voices between multimedia artist Leah Singer and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. During their 2007 and 2008 residencies at the Centre national de l'estampe et de l'art imprimé (CNEAI) in Chatou, near Paris, Singer and Ranaldo created a body of printworks in the museum's etching atelier, as well as field recordings made in the studio, on their houseboat and in the community at large. Water Days began as two texts inspired by the conflict between wanderlust and the desire for home
Listen along with Ranaldo's picks via this this site playlist. The Beatles: Meet the Beatles. That would be the classic singer-songwriter period for me: James Taylor, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Steven Stills, John Fahey, Leo Kottke. It's actually kind of funny that I would pick Neil over Dylan or Joni. To me, Dylan's music is the paramount musical expression of a single individual. I've really enjoyed Bill's records from the earliest days of his Smog incarnation, but somehow, this album put it all together in a very profound way. Lou Barlow kind of evolved in the same way from Dinosaur- his first solo records were half-masking a really sharp songwriting talent behind layers of different stuff.
Check out Lee Ranaldo's gear and equipment including the Epiphone Dot, MXR Blue Box - M103 Fuzz and Octaver Pedal, and Fender Lee Ranaldo Signature Jazzmaster. Roles: Singer, Guitarist, Composer. Member of: Sonic Youth, Theoretical Girls. Follow to get Lee Ranaldo's gear updates.
NotesThe 64-page book and audio CD, WATER DAYS documents an exchange of pictures, texts, sounds and voices between multimedia artist Leah Singer and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo.
WATER DAYS began as two texts each inspired by the contrast between wanderlust and the desire for home and in this volume attempts to create a filmic sequence of photographs to augment and accompany the recording.
The new sound piece WATER DAYS, a radio piece for Atelier de Création Radiophonique de France Culture (ACR) is a mix of sound recordings made during their residencies in CNEAI (Paris) combined with recordings of electric guitar, as well as pre-recorded voices including other artists: Robert Smithson, Carson McCullers and some others who, in a certain way, inspired their artistic practice.
The book WATER DAYS, conceived as a diary, develops this sound matter through photographic landscapes, written where the intimate gesture is also an artistic reflection.
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