On the WFMU blog, the always awesome Doug Schulkind writes:
Another lesser-known fact about [Louis] Armstrong is that he toted reel-to-reel recording decks with him everywhere. With them he committed to tape concerts, conversations, his own playing and talking, audio flotsam from the Satchmo Universe.
Even more impressive, Armstrong adorned the audio tape boxes with alluring and vivid Romare Bearden–esque collages layering photos, news clippings, concert programs, handwritten captions and other graphic elements. Armed with scotch tape and scissors, Armstrong spent countless hours entertaining himself, squirreled away in the den of his home in Corona, Queens, making visual music.
Check out a few samples of Armstrong’s (visual) art here.
And there are some audio clips from the above-mentioned home taping here. I’ve just begun to listen to the clips, but so far they’re all short. Interesting though. If I find anything particularly worth hearing, I’ll report back.