Patrick Farmer – Yew Grotesque

yew grotesque

Please visit Compost and Height to purchase.

SARU and Compost and Height are pleased to announce the publication of Patrick Farmer’s new book, Yew Grotesque.

Farmer has been working on this book for the last year as part of a joint commission from Sound and Music and Forestry Commission England. It was developed during a series of week-long residential trips to Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, where Farmer resided in a log cabin and spent time walking the forested area between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere. This direct relationship between the forest and the book is veiled, though the underlying presence is integral to its makeup.

Yew Grotesque completes a series of works,comprising Farmer’s previous books try i     bark and wild horses think of nothing else the seaTogether the three books offer both a direct and indirect textual engagement with listening. The relationship between these publications is typified by the words of Jack Spicer, a poet who felt that his own works “echo and re-echo against each other”, “create resonances” and can’t “live alone anymore than we can”.

Patrick Farmer – Listening and its not (ed)

Listening and its not brings together nineteen text realisations of a score by Patrick Farmer. The score invites performers to travel exactly 10 miles north of their home and write about the experience of listening”without pointing directly to it, or at it”.

With contributions from some of the most original voices to emerge in the field of writing in sound art practice over the last 10 years, including Daniela Cascella, Lawrence English, Sarah Hughes, Amelia Ishmael, Richard Pinnell, Salomé Voegelin and Mark Peter Wright. Listening and its not invites readers to rethink the act of listening as an internal, imaginative, discursive, dialogic and political terrain. The resultant texts range from the personal, scientific, informative and polemical. They provoke questions around the nature of location and our experience of place and, by refusing description, the act of listening is presented as a form of correspondence that reaches far further than the nineteen encounters that form the basis of this book.


Listening and its not (62 pages, digital print, paperback) Numbered edition of 500. Published by Compost and Height and the Sonic Art Research Unit.


Please contact us for more information.

Listening and its not is made up of texts by John Boursnell, Daniela Cascella, Lawrence English, Nomi Epstein, Felicity Ford, Sarah Hughes, Amelia Ishmael, Jeph Jerman, Rob St. John, Caleb Kelly, Catherine Lamb, Richard Pinnell, Dawn Scarfe, David Stent, Nathan Thomas, Stefan Thut, Esther Venrooy, Salomé Voegelin, Mark Peter Wright, Paul Whitty, and Patrick Farmer.


Patrick Farmer – Azimuth, The Ecology Of An Ear

Released May 27th 2019
Limited numbered edition
A5 paperback (291 pages + a4 foldout image)
ISBN: 978-1-9996176-3-9
Published by the Sonic Art Research Unit


“I don’t see this as a matter of archaeological passion, nor romantic sentiment, but a desire to live within the body like an environment, to move in and out of it–oneself or another–not to break into it.” 

Patrick Farmer

‘Azimuth, the Ecology of an Ear’, is a new book by Patrick Farmer in collaboration with twenty three other artists. It revolves around fifteen attempts to locate and rend the human/non-human ear into holes, isolating and being with its forms and natures outside of their conventional relations–inhabiting a distinct violence of separation–in order to see what, if any, degree of wholeness may arise in the distinct noise of the particulars.

It asks, what is the ear; where is the ear; who is the ear; what are we to our ears; are we listeners or listening; does the ear hear? It considers the ear as interlocutor, as equivalence, as syncope, as eros (hear us).

Azimuth’ features work by Thomas Martin Nutt, Susana Gómez Larrañga , Lotti V Closs, Richard Skelton, Carrie Olivia Adams, Patrick Farmer, Helen Frosi, April Van Winden, Florence Sunnen, Lance Austin Olsen, Tomoé Hill, Chloë Proctor, Nisha Ramayya, J.R. Carpenter, Julia Bloch, Michael Pisaro, Clara de Asís, Fay Zmija Nicolson, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Joseph Clayton Mills, Amelia Ishmael, Emily Leon, Hannah Dargavel-Leafe and Mirella Salame.