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Six Text-Sound Pieces by Larry Wendt

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 39 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

Six text-sound pieces by Larry Wendt, probably recorded in San Jose, around 1978. Born in Napa, California, in 1946, Wendt began experimenting with text-sound composition and musique concrète in the 1970s, and has been a frequent participant and organizer of sound poetry and electronic music festivals and events ever since. He has also written extensively about avant-garde and experimental art including several seminal books on sound poetry written in collaboration with Stephen Ruppenthal. In this program you will hear six unidentified compositions featuring a mix of spoken word fragments, ambient sounds, and processed electronic noise. Although many of these works contain a suggestion of narrative, they are best enjoyed as an immersive audio environment rather than a clearly defined story.

Musical Selections:  [unidentified musique concrète composition featuring the sounds of the ocean and trains mixed with processed speech] (7:37) -- [unidentified text sound composition featuring the words “flash” and “flesh” mixed with a science fiction narrative] (7:40) -- [unidentified mix of ambient sounds and spoken word relating the curious case of Carl] (7:00) -- [unidentified aural collage featuring names of fish and frog sounds] (4:56) -- [unidentified water sound mixed with excerpts of stories, health warnings, and ambient street sounds] (4:56) -- [unidentified mix of hospital announcements and babies crying] (6:05)
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Musique concrète; Music, concrete; Electronic music
People:  Wendt, Larry
 
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