When music sounds, gone is the earth I know,
And all her lovely things even lovelier grow;
Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees
Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies.
When music sounds, out of the water rise
Naiads whose beauty dims my waking eyes,
Rapt in strange dreams burns each enchanted face,
With solemn echoing stirs their dwelling-place.
When music sounds, all that I was I am
Ere to this haunt of brooding dust I came;
And from Time’s woods break into distant song
The swift-winged hours, as I hasten along.
-“Music” by Walter de la Mare
Today I am pleased to bring you not one, but TWO featured artists: Mark Fromm (pictured above, left) and John Arrigo-Nelson (pictured above, right) and their business is Pierrot Plus based in Pittsburgh, PA. They make handcrafted books, specializing in music journals.
Mark and John are both contemporary music composers, who need to have their music printed and bound so they can give it to conductors and performers to play, but they weren’t happy with the way big box stores did the printing and binding and ran into problems like seeing their music bound upside-down; the coil binding would be on the wrong edge; coils would be uneven or too short; and pages would even be missing! In a community that prizes aesthetics and individuality, the music would come out appearing in the same cold way as everyone else’s. So, in 2014 they decided to take matters into their own hands and find a better way.
Mark and John researched and developed other binding methods that are both functional and beautiful. They developed their own line of music staff paper journals with layout and design elements that work for them as musicians. While in the process, they began to create other types of journals, such as blank, lined, graph paper, and guitar tablature. They also decided to design and create musical gifts, like magnets and cards featuring printed music that is well-loved and well-known in the classical music community, but virtually unknown and misunderstood outside of it.
Their success in selling journals (especially their unique music journals), which has allowed them to expand and get the tools needed to print and bind larger journals; musical scores; and documents.
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Lastly, here is one of their music journals, which I have featured in a set on Polyvore: