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The third in a series of recording projects stemming from the Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives, “Rawhead & Bloodybones” (2015) by Brian Harnetty combines samples of music and folk tales with live instruments. The historic archival recordings of children recounting folk tales were made by Leonard Roberts in the 1940s and 50s. 

Two CDs packaged in 6-panel foldout case
Publication Date: November 20, 2015 via Dust-to-Digital






The Mug and Brush Sessions

Brian Harnetty – Marshall (From the Sun Ra Archives) 
performing music from his 2013 release, The Star-Faced One.




Taken from the album “The Star-Faced One,” via Atavistic records (2013). Samples from the Sun Ra/El Saturn collection at the Creative Audio Archive at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago. Additional musicians include Fred Lonberg-Holm (Cello), Jeff Kimmel (Bass Clarinet), and Aaron Butler (Vibes).




Taken from 7” single, entitled “The Sociophonic Key” (2012) 

“Despite the variety of samples used many subtle relationships are heard––both literal and fantastic––from Sun Ra rehearsing a group of children fading into an answering machine, to the intensity of a gospel preacher alongside the Arkestra’s invitation to join them in outer space.”



Unseen Recordings #014: Lonnie Holley
Filmed at JazzHouse, in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
Lonnie Holley is an American visual artist and musician who was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama.






“Keeping a Record of It” (Dust-to-Digital, 2013) is the follow-up to Lonnie Holley’s debut album, “Just Before Music.” Guest performers include Cole Alexander from the Black Lips, Bradford Cox from Deerhunter, and visual artist Lillian Blades.


“In the early 2000s, Holley’s music caught the attention of Matt Arnett, the son of art collector Bill Arnett, who has been collecting Holley’s art since the 1980s. In 2010, Matt set up an impromptu performance by Holley at his home for Dust-to-Digital founder, Lance Ledbetter. Deeply moved by Holley’s keyboard playing and singing, Ledbetter insisted on getting Holley into a recording studio as soon as possible. The result was the album Just Before Music, which features Holley’s first studio recordings made in 2010 and 2011.”




Lonnie Holley - From the Other Side of the Pulpit
Guest musicians: Bradford Cox and Cole Alexander
From Lonnie Holley’s album: “Keeping a Record of It”





Taken from the latest album “Keeping a Record of It” by Lonnie Holley, a 63-year-old Alabama-based artist, sculptor and musician, out now on Dust-to-Digital, featuring a couple of tracks by Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Cole Alexander of the Black Lips and visual artist Lillian Blades.



“Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980″ is a book/CD set produced by Patrick Feaster, now available on Dust-to-Digital.
CD packaged in a 144-page hardback book; Book dimensions are 10 x 8 inches; 164 images reproduced in full color.



Magia Phonotactica (1650) by dusttodigital


Patrick Feaster is a researcher and educator specializing in the history and culture of early sound media.  A two-time Grammy nominee and co-founder of the First Sounds Initiative, he has been actively involved in locating, making audible, and contextualizing many of the world’s oldest sound recordings.


Patrick Feaster discusses “Pictures of Sound”
This video is derived from a slideshow that was presented by Patrick Feaster at the 2011 ARSC Conference.

(Steve Roden Collection / Dust-to-Digital)



Emery Glen – Blue Blazes Blues by dusttodigital


“…i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces is a hardcover book with 2 CDs that brings together a collection of early photographs related to music, a group of 78rpm recordings, and short excerpts from various literary sources that are contemporary with the sound and images. It was compiled by acclaimed aural and visual artist Steve Roden, who has been well known in the visual and experimental musical art worlds in Los Angeles”

Dust-to Digital

I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces:
Music in Vernacular Photographs 1880-1955″
Hardback book, 8.5 x 6.5 inches, 184 pages, 150 photographs reproduced in full color and two audio CDs from the author, Steve Roden’s collection. Out Now via Dust-to-Dital.

Listen to audio excerpts from the Disc 1, HERE, and the Disc 2, HERE.