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Acrophony / Walker, George A.., 1991

Identifier: CC-00578-592

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Scope and Contents

The author defines Acrophony as a means of using symbols (glyphs) to represent sounds. The two main properties of music are duration and pitch; with these two elements in mind, the author set out to compose a notation system using the glyphs of the planets as the scale. Acrophony is a project created in 1991 that explores symbols and sound. Merging visual and soundscape artwork using a unique invented musical hieroglyphic language; Acrophony is a work concerned with art and language. Each of the fifty books is hand printed onto handmade paper with original wood cuts, lino cuts, wood engravings. The box that contains the CD and book is also hand printed and assembled with a vacuumed formed port (hand painted) made from the symbols used in the text and notations. The CD is original music by the artist with hand printed original lino cuts and hand set and cast type for the text. -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1991


0 See container summary (1 soft cover book (wooden spine) + pages (letterpress, handmade paper) +10 prints (linocuts, woodcuts) + compact disc (16 pages) in box (museum board, printed)) ; 26.9 x 27.7 x .8 cm (book) + 32 x 32 x 5.9 cm (box)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

top shelf W books 1904

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: Toronto, Canada : Stange Nursery Studio. Nationality of creator: Canadian. General: About 50 total copies. About 11 number copy. General: Added by: CONV; updated by: RED.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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