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Blurp! by Peg Ahrens

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 8 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Originally conceived as the soundtrack for a video sculpture piece, Blurp!, is a collage of strange vocalizations, recorded individually and then mixed together by Peg Ahrens in 1974. The sounds, all made by the human voice, vary from abrupt syllables, to humming, guttural sounds, and Daffy Duck like voices. The following is from a review of the work written by Beth Anderson which appeared in a 1974 edition of “EAR”.

“Peg Ahrens has a new piece called BLURP!!!, and she says it is, ‘permutations through time and space.’ I don't know what was going on in the sky that night but since everything else seemed to affect me bodily, this did too. It seemed to be totally oral. Peggy Blurp Ahrens, with the recurring Tigger theme woven into too many thematic ideas to count. Resembling improvisations on the eternity of the oral cavity. The most wonder-full comment I heard was, ‘Sounds like a healthy mid-western farm girl.’ Of course, Peggy is from Ohio, but the sounds weren't. Very full of humor and very aware of it. Nice.”

Musical Selections:  Blurp! (ca. 1974) / Peg Ahrens
Genre:  Sound Poetry
Subject:  Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry; Vocalises
People:  Ahrens, Margaret
Recording Date:  10/31/1974
 
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