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OLIVIA BLOCK + Derek Rogers (presented by mental-drift & ex mus) (DV Books)

Olivia Block (Chicago, Illinois)
performing a multi-channel, in the dark, surround version of her composition Aberration of Light
+ Derek Rogers (Dallas, Texas)

Her range of materials and techniques encompasses found sounds, field recordings, notation for acoustic instruments, manipulated extensions of amplified instruments and purely electronic textures. Her willingness to employ this wide range belies the fact that Olivia Block is an artist with a tight focus and clear voice. Whether working in installation, performance or composition for performers, she is not limited to exclusive designations of “sound artist”, “composer” or “performer”. In a sense, Block is a truly contemporary sonic artist for whom these designations are not identities, but roles inhabited in order to create work.Block’s compositions are clear and unhurried – often constructed from layers, dynamics and densities, where the music dwells at the edges of perception. They may range from lush-filled spaces to the edges of audibility, where found sounds or instrumental sonorities are only just clear enough to be identifiable. Furthermore, along with these “found” sounds, the microphone emerges as an instrument itself, present in the music. But this music doesn’t merely live within these margins. Its narrative is a journey taking you through these spaces.

Block’s music is experimental in the sense that the processes and results often frame environmental ambience. However, this is not a music that is of purely experimental concerns, where process takes precedence and results are merely the outcomes. The music is thoughtful and composed. It goes places. Its passage is one of framing perceptions and sensations, while making narrative from that framing. There is expression, quiet but deep emotion, and beauty in its sensations.

Block will be performing a live version of Aberration of Light. Originally conceived as an expanded cinema collaboration including filmless 35-millimeter projectors, Block will present a version of this piece in the darkened venue with 4 speakers surrounding the audience with sound. It is music that both envelops the listener with its motion and physicality and draws them in to its subtle textures and detail.

“as rigorously assembled, finely detailed and dramatically taut as any modern composition you might care to name, … evoking a dreamlike story without words.”– The New York Times

“Finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of raw sonic power are blended with an elegant instrumental architecture… Compositional ordering and digital processing enter into an absorbing dialogue with the natural world.”– The Wire (UK)

Dallas based, Derek Rogers spent the first years of the decade in Los Angeles releasing music under his own name in labels like Hausu Mountain, Signal Dreams, and Obsolete Units, among others. He and Lee Noble work in tandem under the moniker: Circuit Rider UK (905 Tapes / Jehu & Chinaman). Visual Echoes is an album that moves within a subtle ambience, with a relaxed, contemplative style reminiscent at times of Gavin Bryars’s work. However there are some dramatic shadows and flares that lead to epic moments, revealing the influence of Steve Roach; both influences are present in tracks like Post-Earthquake Silverlake. As well as being an intensely personal statement, each carefully-sequenced side of Visual Echoesseems to be a study of the unexplored and unexplained facets of ambient music. You Do not Think In Terms Of Trainsexpresses the same initiatives but propelled by distortions and broken steps of rhythm. Other tracks (like Ovoid, which juxtaposes dynamism with stillness) work as segues, interludes and epilogues, giving Visual Echoes the flow of a cogent narrative.

Derek Rogers: https://derekrogers.bandcamp.com/
NPR: Composer Olivia Block In Her Own Words 
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Vice Palace Presents Francine Thirteen, Lord Byron, & Tidals

Vice Palace presents its debut collaboration with Deep Vellum Books featuring the diverse & mindblowing musical styles of Francine ThirteenLord Byron,  and Tidals
                     Francine Thirteen                                                 Lord Byron                                                            Tidals
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Space is limited, only 100 wristbands available at the door!!

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A Week in #LiteraryDallas

In the new #LiteraryDallas (check the hashtag, The Wild Detectives & us are spreading the love, get into it!), life is packed with literary events. Tonight, the Austin-based Writers’ League of Texas is  presenting a panel discussion on the topic: “Being a Good Literary Citizen” with authors Sanderia Faye, Karen Blumenthal, Jeramey Kraatz, and our very […]

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Writers’ League of Texas: Being a Good Literary Citizen Panel

The Writers’ League is excited to host this free & open to the public panel discussion in the Dallas area.

The label “writer” can often be associated with a solitary existence — a lone figure bent over a computer or notebook for hours at a stretch, at a desk for one, in a room of one’s own.

But, while alone time for writing is important, it’s also important to remember that there’s a rich, diverse and active community that exists for writers. And there are myriad ways that we as writers can participate in that literary community; ways we can connect with each other to establish our creative tribe.

Our distinguished panelists will offer thoughts and guidance regarding the ways we can support and uplift each other, engage in the larger literary community (not always easy for the shy and reserved among us), adhere to some do’s and don’t’s on social media and elsewhere, approach giving and receiving criticism (especially with regard to reviewing other writers’ books), and just generally behave ourselves, play nice, and make lasting connections.

While RSVPing ahead of time isn’t required for admission, if you know you’ll be joining us on the 11th please take a few minutes to click on the RSVP so that we’ll have an idea of how many people to expect. Much appreciated!

Hope to see you in Dallas on January 11th! Any questions? Call us at 512-499-8914 or email wlt@writersleague.org. Check this page for updates!

This event will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver and our distinguished panelists will be…

Karen Blumenthal, a long-time Dallas journalist, is an award-winning author of nonfiction for young people. Her most recent books areTommy: The Gun that Changed America (2015) and Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History (out Jan. 12).




Will Evans is the publisher and executive director for Deep Vellum Publishing, which he founded in the historic neighborhood of Deep Ellum in Dallas in 2013. Deep Vellum is a not-for-profit publishing house that operates with the mission to publish the highest quality works of world literature in English translation, to promote translation as a vital part of our literary culture, and to foster a more vibrant literary community in Dallas and beyond. Evans graduated from Emory University in 2005 with degrees in Russian and History, then worked in the music business in Los Angeles and Austin before receiving a Master’s degree in Russian Culture from Duke University in 2012. His love of world literature and experience with translating Russian literature led him to start Deep Vellum to help address the “three percent problem” (the estimate of how many books in translation are published in English each year) and to provide a much-needed channel to build a readership for the world’s great untranslated literature in English.
Sanderia Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015). She is a PhD student at the University of North Texas, and received her MFA from Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in various literary journals such as the Collagist, and in a history book, Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. She is co-founder of Kimbilio (A Community for Writers and Scholars).

Jeramey Kraatz is the author of the children’s book series The Cloak Society from HarperCollins. His essays and short fiction have been featured in places like Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Gizmodo. Jeramey is a graduate of the MFA writing program at Columbia University and currently teaches writing at Texas Christian University.


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Autumn in Dallas is a Many Sun-Splashed Thing

BACK from Carmen Boullosa’s incredible book tour across the state of Texas. Five days. Six readings. Four cities. Hundreds and hundreds of readers reached. Copies of TEXAS for sale across the state now ahead of the December publication date. The tour was unbelievable. Thank you to everyone who came to a reading, who put on the […]

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2014 Best Translated Book Award Longlist Announced & Wildcatter Exchange March 14-15 in Fort Worth!

The 2014 Best Translated Book Award longlist for fiction has been announced (the BTBA poetry shortlist will be announced soon)!! Launched as part of Open Letter Books’ Three Percent blog in 2007, the Best Translated Book Award honors the best work of original translation of both Fiction and Poetry published in English during the previous […]

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Intro & BEA Update/Rant!

Welcome to the real-deal inaugural blog post for Deep Vellum Publishing! I’m Will Evans. I live in Dallas, and I publish world literature in translation. Publishing is not exactly the first thing people think of when they think of Dallas, I know, but I’m here to change that, or at least add it to the […]

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