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Distorted Tourist

Mark Templeton

catalogue: GRAPHICAL 005 / GRAPHICAL 005A
release date: 20 June 2018

format: Photobook+5 one-sided flexi disc records

106 pages
44 colour images and text
7.25 in x 7.25 in (18.4 cm x 18.4 cm)
5 one-sided flexi disc records

Graphical Recordings is pleased to present Distorted Tourist, a major new work by Mark Templeton. Distorted Tourist is the visual, auditory, and textual travelogue of journeys through five manufactured and reclaimed landscapes. The book contains five one-sided flexi disc records with compositions corresponding to five apocryphal places. 

Stemming from routine drives across industrial-commercial areas near the artist’s neighborhood, each photograph captures, mid-fall, the familiar and uncanny spaces of dislocated urban decay — monuments to the failures of modernity. Rather than attractions, the tourist here bears witness to the inevitability of moths and rust.

Each location is captured sonically in augmented field recordings, a soundtrack haunted by deceased materials and dying matter. Templeton’s signature compositional characteristics — faraway melodies, recurrent phrases, ruined echoes — evoke a cyclical trajectory toward Distorted Tourist’s center, the concentric spiral of a record, a voyage on misremembered roads into the middle. 

Accompanying journal entries written by the author Ryan Diduck summon the hallucinatory diary of a Herzogian quest against reverse rotation. Photos and text appear to form and deform on the page. Together, the manuscript, sounds, and photographs represent an impossible portrayal, an audio-optical illusion, the roadmap to an eerie expedition that is at once unreal and urgent.

With audio mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and graphic design by Dmytro Nikolaienko, Distorted Tourist is an outstanding volume that gathers up Templeton’s adroit sound production, original eye, and curatorial cunning into a beautiful object to be puzzled over. 


GRAPHICAL 005: first edition of 100 includes softcover, perfect bound photobook on uncoated paper, with five one-sided flexi disc records. Includes digital download of photobook and audio.
ISBN 978-1-7751872-0-2

$48 CAD

GRAPHICAL 005A: includes five one-sided flexi disc records in printed, folded uncoated paper sleeve, with digital download of photobook and audio.
ISBN 978-1-7751872-1-9

$18 CAD


A. Alland (2:58)
B. Rosen (3:07)
C. Coro (3:54)
D. Tyre (2:22)
E. Gira (2:50)

total running time: 15:18

Album Excerpts



A bizarre, bold and beautiful new release from Mark Templeton on Graphical Recordings. Distorted Tourist is a 5 flexi-disc and 106 page photo/written book that winds through a succession of weekdays in the form of a unique, semi-fictional long poem.
— The Alcohol Seed
Distorted Tourist”, a fifteen-minute travelogue into the realms of Herzogian theoretics, is a mighty fine artefact to have, here presented as a book stroke disc operation, and without all the philosophical asides, stands without inebriation.
— Fluid Radio