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The History of Sound Poetry: An Introduction

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 70 min
Event Type: Documentary Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian traces developments in 20th century text-sound composition, including recorded examples by such historical figures as Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, Ernst Toch, Gertrude Stein, Mauricio Lemaitre, François Dufrene and Henri Chopin. More modern examples of sound poetry follows, including works by the Swedish composer Lars-Gunnar Bodin and Amrikhanian. Production of this program was funded by the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission.

Musical Selections:  Surprises (2:05) / The Last Poets -- Experimental Dada Poetry (1:02) / Raoul Hausmann -- Poem dedicated to Pablo Picasso (1923) (3:35) / Gertrude Stein -- Geographic Fugue (1930) (2:50) / Ernst Toch -- Ursonate [1st movement] (1927) (3:27) / Kurt Schwitters -- Lettre Rock (1958) (1:55) / Maurice Lemaitre -- Oeuvre désintégrale (2:52) / Francois Dufrene -- New Departure (1:21) / Henri Chopin -- Gesang der Junglinge (1956) (1:33) / Karlheinze Stockhausen -- Thema: Omaggio a Joyce (1958) (1:53) / Luciano Berio -- Dedicated to You, II (1971) (3:18) / Lars-Gunnar Bodin -- Are you Right (5:00) / Lily Greenham -- Mugic (1973) (5:26) / Charles Amirkhanian -- When I am with You I am Two Places at Once (1:35) / Charles Dodge -- Seed Poem (1975) (1:44 ) / Charles Stein -- Dews (0:50) / Clark Coolidge -- Pure and Applied Mathematics (1973) (2:14) / Jim Rosenberg -- Just / Charles Amirkhanian -- Heavy Aspirations (1973) / Charles Amirkhanian
Performers:  The Abbey Singers (Geographic Fugue)
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Dadaism; Art, Modern; Avant-garde (Art)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971; Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946; Toch, Ernst, 1887-1964; Schwitters, Kurt, 1887-1948; Lemaitre, Mauricio; Dufrêne, François, 1930-1982; Chopin, Henri; Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-2007; Berio, Luciano, 1925-2003; Bodin, Lars-Gunnar, 1935- ; Greenham, Lily; Dodge, Charles, 1942-; Stein, Charles, 1944-; Coolidge, Clark, 1939-; Rosenberg, Jim, 1947-
First Broadcast Date:  1/14/1976
 
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