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Book Arts: Sound

Subject-specific lists of book arts materials available in Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

Bookworks inspired by sound

Warren Lehrer. Versations: A Setting for Eight Conversations. Mattapoisett, MA: Lehrer/Baker, 1980.

Arts Library Special Collections call number Folio NJ18 L5262 A12 FGW 0809 1980 +(LC) Oversize


Warren Lehrer, MFA ’80 in Graphic Design, produced this version of his thesis project in an edition of 150.  He viewed the book not only as a graphic documentation of several simultaneous conversations, but also as a score that could be performed.  In the introduction he writes, “versations is a study of human dialogue…a look at the music of the spoken word…this is a book with an acoustic resonance a book with sound.”



Lisa Onstad and Barbara Tetenbaum. A Visual Guide to Birdsong: Reproduced in Color. Portland, OR: Bobolink Press and Triangular Press, 1999. Arts Library Special Collections call number NJ18 On77 A12 1999 (LC)


Working collaboratively, the artists map specific visual notations to transliterated sounds of bird calls.  The index on the front and back covers allows one to see which bird sounds are in each print.