Joshua Bonnetta - American Colour

Truth be told, I feel as though I’m almost unable to give high enough praise to this stunning edition. Joshua Bonnetta’s American Colour is a film that was shot on old rolls of 16mm Kodachrome film during a road trip from upstate New York (where the stock was manufactured) to Kansas. Coincidentally, moments of the film and recording were captured not far from my home here in Ashtabula, Ohio, after which the B-side of the record is named. The DVD, mounted on an exquisite uncoated gatefold sleeve, contains a film that explores the historic characteristics of the unique stock. The LP presents the accompanying score which, by use of violin, tape, processing and site-specific shortwave radio recorded during the photography, speaks as an homage to Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky Jr., the two violinists who invented Kodachrome in 1935. Reading Irene Bindi’s superb monograph, presented on the printed inner sleeve, while listening to the LP and taking in the film flickering on the screen, I found myself completely immersed in the spirit of this project. Utterly engrossing. This truly is the complete package. - Jeremy Bible, Experimedia