In 2004, Masumi Shibata created a darkroom setup that enabled him to make photogram images of music. His book Karaoke is part science experiment, part fiction. It is a book of translations: sound into image, speech into writing, machine into book, one culture into another. As is often the case when translating languages, there is no direct image equivalent of sounds through the medium of water; sound waves become liquid ripples and swells. You can see the music pulse, the volume increase and grow quiet. And Masumi has put the words right there so you can sing along.


black and white, hardcover,
48 pages, 11" x 8.5"
PBB00105, ISBN: 0-9767490-0-9

$80 (+$5 shipping)