In 2020 we participated in SONX, the BuchBasel international literary festival project, and the City of Basel Music Academy.
The aim was to encourage new projects at the intersection of music and literature. After examining over 60 entries, the jury selected us as part of five other projects through to the second round.
We had fun with this project and experimented without constraints. We extracted stories from the sound produced while weaving, turned this into a film, and came up with new Kente designs.
We took this idea further by creating an illustrated book that can also use sound as a storytelling tool. This way, readers need not imagine what they’re reading sounds like, but they can fully be immersed in it and also, in the future, work with these sounds as samples to make their own music. So this is, more or less, a remixable storybook.
Kente is the Cloth of The land and Asaasetoma is our way of telling its story. It implores and allows readers with the physical copy of the book to listen and understand the sounds found in the book.
Even if you don’t have the physical book you can check out the interactive page here.