Closing Event: Things That a Mutant Needs To Know

For our fifth and closing event on Thursday 23rd May, Sound Devices is delighted to welcome guest curator Reinaldo Laddaga’s project ‘Things That a Mutant Needs to Know’, and host the first official outing of this exciting project.

This is a collection of fifty-five short tales and fifty-five brief music pieces composed by a momentary collective of eighteen musicians. The texts are an assortment of tales written by or selected from a group of diverse authors (from DH Lawrence to Virginia Woolf, Emmanuel Swedenborg to Blaise Cendrars). There are stories of walking trees, burning dresses, illnesses mysteriously cured, and deaths surprisingly reversed. The music consists of sonic readings and reactions to the stories composed by Christine Abdelnour, Claudio Baroni, Justin Bennett, Sylvia Borzelli, John Butcher, Alan Courtis, DJ Sniff (Takuro Mizuta), Barbara Ellison, Ron Ford, Yannis Kyriakides, Anne LaBerge, Reinaldo Laddaga, Francisco López, Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt), Andy Moor, Gabriel Paiuk, Santiago Santero, and Felipe Waller.  

There will be no podcast of this event, so come along to Rathmines Library for this unique event.  As Reinaldo suggests: ‘Listen to the music, read the tales on the screen, and if at all possible, listen to the music while reading the tales, because sounds and texts mirror each other in sometimes direct, sometimes oblique ways.’

Reinaldo Laddaga was born in Rosario, Argentina, and studied in Rosario and New York. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books, many articles and the text of two operas. His latest books (in Spanish): A prologue to my father’s booksAesthetics of Laboratory, and Three Secret Lives: John D. Rockefeller, Walt Disney, Osama bin Laden. His latest project is the organization and edition of a collective reimagining of the first edition of Robert Ripley’s collection of oddities Believe it or not. His website is <>. He lives in New York.

The book/CD of Things That a Mutant Needs to Know is available for pre-order in the website of the label: <>.