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The Last Cowboy is Dead

by Scanner



My work has often focused on the sound of the city, its inhabitants and the character of the location itself. Here with French street artist Zevs I had the opportunity to collaborate on a work that connects the city of Paris with the universal figure of the Marlboro cowboy, creating a connection between language and found sound.

The spectator can hear a hypnotic repetition of the word itself, over and over again, delivered by Zevs himself, in a way that creates a sense of almost perverse spirituality, reciting a mantra out of the pronunciation of the very word Marl-Bo-Ro. This is mixed in with recordings of the Parisian street sellers offe- ring up bootleg variations on the cigarettes themselves. It touches on ideas of voyeurism, responsibility and public and private spaces, weaving fragments of communication in a tapestry of sound.

The work was installed in New Galerie Paris 03 April - 01 May 2021


released March 4, 2021

Written and produced by Robin Rimbaud
Voice - Zevs


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Scanner London, UK

Robin Rimbaud - Scanner is an artist and composer working in London. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998). His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. ... more


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