Kodwo Eshun – More Brilliant Than The Sun

Author: Colin | Published: 21/3/09






Author:Kodwo Eshun
Title: More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures In Sonic Fiction
Publisher: Quartet Books
Year: 1998
Designer: Namara
Type of book: Musical
Notes: Okay, okay, I know it’s a book and er no it doesn’t come with a CD unlike Paul D. Miller’s Rhythm Science. So, strictly speaking, it shouldn’t be here should it? But here it is. Quite apart from it’s being a wonderful piece of design in itself, More Briliant Than The Sun is the most musical piece of writing I know, literally – Kodwo Eshun compiles, compresses, expands and invents new words and strings them together into sentences that are as brilliantly rhythmic as your favourite musician. It’s also challenging and hugely enjoyable and you should read it if you haven’t already. So it deserves its place here.


  1. Eshun’s book doesn’t *NEED* a CD. It does it all with words & form. -Rhythm Science- is theoretical muzak; -More Brilliant- is the sonic redesign of your head.

    Comment by tV — March 25, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
  2. I know tV, but this is supposed to be a site about record covers…

    Comment by colin — March 26, 2009 @ 9:22 pm
  3. Either way, I’m really glad you posted this because it sounds awfully interesting. Although, I have no idea how to get a hold of it.

    Comment by philip — March 27, 2009 @ 3:12 pm
  4. Yikes! I just checked Amazon US, Amazon UK and Abebooks and the cheapest they have it is respectively $73, £40.86 and £35.65. Daft prices, time for a reprint or for someone to post it on the darknet.

    Comment by colin — March 27, 2009 @ 5:48 pm
  5. […] of the sonic deconstruction of the subject’s voice is to be found in Kodwo Eshun’s More Brilliant Than The Sun, for example when taking on the “Sampladelia of the Breakbeat,” and in reference to […]

  6. You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
    The sector hopes for even more passionate writers
    like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe.

    Always follow your heart.

    Comment by domain — October 12, 2014 @ 6:49 am


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