By Jeff Kolar
Chicago: self-published 2013
Dimensions: 4 3/4" X 7 3/8"
Color: full color
Edition Size: approximately 100
This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck's address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. These trucks are a constant sight in many Chicago neighborhoods during the warmer months and their often noxious music will drill its sound into your brain just as surely as the treats they sell will freeze your gray matter if you eat your Oreo crumb covered waffle cone too quickly.
Here's Jeff Kolar's description of the project:
"Ice Cream Truck Songs is a seasonal set of melodic chimes and jingles produced for playback on ice cream truck loudspeaker horns. The sonic messages investigate the invasive distribution and transmission techniques of public address systems.
Ice Cream Truck Songs acts as a soft-serve cover album of the most common jingles found in ice cream truck music boxes. Each track is arranged to be looped for an extended, unknown duration over and over again. Ice Cream Truck Songs was created using circuit-bent variations of handclaps, calliopes, glockenspiels, chimes, bells, and MIDI tones.
Ice Cream Truck Songs consists of three discrete parts: a gallery installation, a photo catalog, and playback in an ice cream truck trolling the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. Ice Cream Truck Songs was produced for the exhibition #404 Not Found curated by Miguel Cortez at Co-Prosperity Sphere in August 2013."
You can hear Kolar's songs here: http://jeffkolar.us/icecreamtrucksongs
By Jeff Kolar