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Goal: A Text Sound Composition by Clark Coolidge

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 91 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

A live performance of a text sound piece by poet Clark Coolidge. The performers are John Payne, Charles Amirkhanian, and Coolidge. For this realization of the piece each performer sat in a separate studio at KPFA late one evening and read from sheets of paper containing a set of words, live on the air for 90 minutes. The feeds from each studio were then mixed in the main KPFA control room and broadcast to the listening public. Every 15 minutes, the performers would pick up a new piece of paper with different words, thus allowing the work to develop into six distinct phases. The end result is a long hypnotic composition in which individual words are broken down into their individual syllables and allowed to recombine and reverberate within one’s unconscious mind.

Musical Selections:  Goal (1970) / Clark Coolidge
Performers:  Clark Coolidge, speaker
Charles Amirkhanian, speaker
John Payne, speaker
Genre:  Sound Poetry
Subject:  Poetry; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Coolidge, Clark, 1939-; Payne, John
First Broadcast Date:  8/22/1970
 
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