A set of five 10" acrylic records, each with two lathe-cut locked grooves. The spindle-hole position varies with the length of the groove: a long groove that takes up the full diameter has its hole in the center, a 5" diameter groove has its hole 1" off center, etc. Each of the 10 sides of the records contains a section of a very slow piece of music for quijada and drum machine (hand-clap sample): Judges 15:15 meets Big Audio Dynamite. Aria was commissioned by choreographer Michelle Ellsworth. Her request was for a score that the dancers could 'perform.' So, the records will be played live on two turntables and will be flipped and changed by the dancers throughout the piece. Sound sample to follow soon.
(2009) Super-8 Film/Public
This film offers a playful study of the social production of urban space, with place serving as the material expression of a contested process where by different groups engage to define use and meaning.
The film can ocasionally be viewed in situ on LCD displays salvaged from auto seatback screens. Rigged with flash memory, rechargeable batteries and motion sensors, the screens serve as a cheap, reliable interface, which are repaired/recharged/replaced as supplies and time afford. They sit unmolested longer than one would expect.
Bronx Terminal Market Interviews
In 2005 the City of New York closed the Bronx Terminal Market and evicted its merchants to redevelop the site as a big-box shopping complex. The WPA era market was an important wholesale food nexus for the city's ethnic enclaves. I interviewd some of the vendors and made location recordings before the closing of the market.
As the market was under the Bruckner Expresway, the vendors would paint the roadway's columns to advertise their products. When the new complex opened all of these were painted over except, inexplicably, for one lone column.
On this column, in the shadow of the new shopping center, I occasionally attach a small speaker that plays a montage of the interviews and recordings from the displaced market. Piece is usually repaired/recharged/replaced mid-month.
(Ossia, 2008) CD
For three snare drums. Packaged in a handmade cast paper digipack. Not currently available.
Ellen Fullman & Sean Meehan
(Cut, 2007) CD
Three pieces for Long String Instrument and snare drum. Makes great Lissajous patterns if viewed on an oscilloscope.
Small booklet printed for a tour of the U.K. with Tamio Shiraishi, Ikuro Takahashi, Denis Wood, and myself. Booklet includes the first publication of Wood’s essay Shadowed Spaces: In Defense of Indefensible Space and an introduction that I wrote. Letterpress cover and hand-stitched binding. Published by Arika, UK.
Tamio Shiraishi & Sean Meehan Summer 2002 and 2003
(GD Stereo/Old Gold split, 2005) LP Record
Recorded by Geoff Dugan during the duo's annual summer outdoor concert.
Always in a different overlooked and unobserved part of the city, this record offers
a sample from under the manhattan bridge and in the municipal garage of the 79th street boat basin.
A follow up to the In the City Fusetron release. 180 gram vinyl and artwork again by Knickerbocker.
Sectors (for constant)
(soseditions, 2005) double cd
Solo recording for cymbals with snare drum.
The cd's are packaged in between two handmade sheets of paper.
Inserted while the paper was pulp (wet), they are embedded in the paper that must be torn
or otherwise opened to get the cd's out.
Limited edition with special watermark available through Meehan only. Contact for more information.
Toshimaru Nakamura & Sean Meehan, from tour
(Quakebasket 22, 2004) cd
Live recording from a series of concerts given in America in 2002.
In a letterpress envelope with a jigsaw map piece from a State that the two toured to on the cover.
Pictogram of echolocation as used by bats, whales etc. Letterpress print using black ink on very black paper.
Meeting at Offsite Vol. 2
(improvised music from japan, 2003)
Compilation CD documenting a music series in Tokyo hosted by Tetuzi Akiyama
and Toshimaru Nakamura. Features Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Andrea
Neumann, Kaffe Matthews, Tim Barnes, Aki Onda, DJ Peaky and Mark Wastell.
Meehan on one track.
In the City: Tamio Shiraishi & Sean Meehan
(fusetron records, 2003) 12" vinyl
Recorded by Geoff Dugan during a concert under the West Side Highway documenting
a summer tradition of outdoor concerts in different locations. B-side
laser etching by Knickerbocker.
Untitled Sachiko M & Sean Meehan
CD five pieces for sine waves and snare drum. Packaged in white paper
letterpress printed, each one unique. Recorded in Tokyo 2001.
Field Recording Vol 3
Object meant to be consumed in the same manner a recording is listened
to Field Recording Vol 3 is a collection of letterpress printed matter
graphics that imply sound and composition to fictitious quasi ethno musicological
reports and typographical expolorations into sound. When used in concert
the viewer's ideas the piece can suggest and shape a silent listening
Good for parties.
j-card and cassette shell documenting the intentional loss of a recorded
cassette. Includes legal notice of its missing-ness.
A boxed set of four cassette-like objects each housed in a cassette shell.
Though they contain no recorded sound they intone and suggest musical
sound and composition when used in concert with ones conceptions and
intentions. Made in homage to King Tubby.
5 found Cassettes
The image, front and back, of 5 cassettes found in various parts of the
world printed by letterpress onto chipboard and packaged as a boxed set.
True dérive artifacts.
temporarily out of print
The Architecture of the Incidental
(GD Stereo 014, 1999) CD
CD featuring compositions by Meehan, Franciso Lopez, John Hudak, Geoff
Dugan, Chop Shop, Gen ken Montgomery and others exploring the Situationist
theory of the dèrive among the various in transit. Meehan
contributes one composition for sine waves and snare drums.
Live From the A.mica Bunker
(gd stereo, 1998) cassette
Cassette series documenting improvised music at abc no rio in New York.
Meehan's track is with Keith Gardner and Bob. Other contributors include
Fred Lonberg holm, Matt Siedman, Bob Hoffnar, Steve Waxman.
The Improvisational Meeting at Bar Aoyama
(reset 002 1998) CD
Compilation CD documenting a music series at a very small bar in Tokyo.
Features Tetuzi Akiyama, Sachiko M, Taku Sugimoto,Toshimaru Nakamura,
Otomo Yoshide, Utah Kawasaki, Meehan and others. Meehan on one track.
(GD Stereo 1997) CD
Compilation CD featuring compositions by Meehan, Francisco Lopez,
John Hudak, Chop Shop, Geoff Dugan Gen Ken Montgomery and others
exploring the Situationist idea of psychogeography as applied to an
abandoned pool in Brooklyn, New York. Meehan contributed one track,
a composition for three cymbals.
On a hot summer day seminal New York poets Muigel Algarin and Edwin
Torres met with Meehan in a basement studio on the Lower East Side,
resulting in this single sided 7". The words used in the piece are
silk-screened on the b side.
Fujieda-Sato-Meehan: Improvisations 07 October
Studio recording of the trio's only meeting. Features Meehan on drumset,
Mamoru Fujieda playing a laptop amplified through aluminum ductwork and
Michihiro Sato playing Tsugaru-Shamisen. Compact Disc in black paper
folio with stainless steel nameplate. Recorded in Tokyo.
Composition for woodblocks. Score is screen printed on top and the
instructions on the bottom of a specially constructed maple wood block.
Sean G. Meehan: Preconceived & Improvised Compositions
(NYC ArtistsÍ Collective 1992)
Five drum solo's. Some sound like drum solos and some don't.