Song Reader by Beck Hansen is a unique collection of 20 new songs released as a compilation of sheet music, published by Faber and Faber in December 2012. We’re delighted to be exclusively exhibiting some of the fantastic artwork from the album on our walls throughout December.
‘After releasing an album in the mid-1990s, I was sent a copy of the sheet-music version by a publisher who had commissioned piano transcriptions and guitar- chord charts of everything on the original recording. Seeing the record’s sonic ideas distilled down to notation made it obvious that the songs weren’t intended to work that way. Reversing the process and putting together a collection of songs in book form seemed more natural – it would be an album that could only be heard by playing the songs . . .
. . . As for these songs, they’re here to be brought to life – or at least to remind us that, not so long ago, a song was only a piece of paper until it was played by someone. Anyone. Even you.’