Forms of Paper

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Forms of Paper
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2001 (2001-10)
Steve Roden chronology
Four Possible Landscapes
Forms of Paper
Schindler House

Forms of Paper is an experimental musical work by Steve Roden created solely from heavily distorted sounds of paper being handled. It is considered to be the first lowercase album, an ambient music movement where extremely quiet sounds are amplified using a computer.[1]


Forms of Paper was originally commissioned by the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles public library for the exhibition "Six Degrees - Art in the Libraries". A ten-minute version of the track was played softly continuously for a month from eight speakers atop a pedestal covered with pages from discarded library books.[2] The CD version was expanded and reworked to be nearly an hour long.[3] Only 500 CDs were made of this version and released.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Steve Roden.

1."Forms of Paper"54:01


  1. ^ Leander Kahney (2002-05-29). "Whisper the Songs of Silence". Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  2. ^ "steve roden forms of paper installation". Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  3. ^ "steve roden forms of paper". Retrieved 2012-02-16.