Things that a mutant needs to know | Cosas que un mutante tiene que saber

Things that a mutant needs to know: More short and amazing stories is available for pre-order at the website of the label Unsounds (unsounds.com). It is a text and music project curated by me and including work by eighteen composers. This is the text for the back cover of the book:

This volume, containing a book and CDs, is a collection of fifty-five short tales and fifty-five brief musical works composed by a momentary collective of eighteen musicians.

The text in your hands was conceived as an imaginary second volume of an anthology published in 1956 by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares called Short and Amazing Stories. Much like theirs, the anthology before you  comprises an assortment of tales written or compiled by the most varied of authors (from Lucian of Samosata to Virginia Woolf, Emanuel Swedenborg to Blaise Cendrars): a diverse parade of walking trees, burning dresses, illnesses mysteriously cured, and deaths surprisingly reversed.

The music consists of sonic readings and reactions to the stories composed by Christine Abdelnour, Claudio Baroni, Justin Bennett, Sylvia Borzelli, John Butcher, Alan Courtis, DJ Sniff (Takuro Mizuta), Barbara Ellison, Ron Ford, Yannis Kyriakides, Anne LaBerge, Reinaldo Laddaga, Francisco López, Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt), Andy Moor,Gabriel Paiuk, Santiago Santero, and Felipe Waller. They are fragments offered to the incidental, mutant reader to be listened to as s/he peruses the texts—soundtracks to the little films that they suggest, musical puzzles and mirrors that reflect the elusive events in the tales as if in placid or turbulent waters.

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Cosas que un mutante tiene que saber: Más cuentos breves y extraordinarios puede preordenarse en el sitio del sello Unsounds (unsounds.com). Es un proyecto de texto y música que incorpora colaboraciones de dieciocho compositores. Este es el texto de la contraportada del libro:

Este volumen, que contiene un libro y dos CDs, es una colección de cincuenta y cinco cuentos cortos y cincuenta y cinco breves piezas musicales compuestas por un colectivo momentáneo de dieciocho músicos.

El texto fue concebido como segundo volumen imaginario de una antología publicada en 1956 por Jorge Luis Borges y Adolfo Bioy Casares, titulada Cuentos breves y extraordinarios. Como la de ellos, esta antología comprende un conjunto de cuentos escritos o compilados por los más variados autores (desde Luciano de Samosata hasta Virginia Woolf, desde Emanuel Swedenborg hasta Blaise Cendrars): un desfile de árboles que caminan, vestidos que se incendian, enfermedades de cura misteriosa y defunciones que por sorpresa se revierten.

La música consiste en lecturas y reacciones sonoras a las historias compuestas por Christine Abdelnour, Claudio Baroni, Justin Bennett, Sylvia Borzelli, John Butcher, Alan Courtis, DJ Sniff (Takuro Mizuta), Barbara Ellison, Ron Ford, Yannis Kyriakides, Anne LaBerge, Reinaldo Laddaga, Francisco López, Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt), Andy Moor,Gabriel Paiuk, Santiago Santero, y Felipe Waller. Se trata de fragmentos ofrecidos al mutante lector incidental para que los escuche mientras recorre el texto: bandas de sonido de las pequeñas películas que sugieren, enigmas y espejos musicales que reflejan los fugitivos eventos de los textos como si fuera en aguas plácidas o turbulentas.

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