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Ode To Gravity:
Bob Cobbing

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 44 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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One of the best known sound poets in the world, Bob Cobbing is a dynamic gentleman with a sonorous voice and lovely accent, who was a poet, performer, and composer of text-sound compositions. Cobbing also was a producer and collector of concrete or visual poetry, and his bookstore, Better Books of London was a leading distribution point for avant-garde poets during the 1960s and 70s. In this program, recorded in 1972, Cobbing talks about his early work as a teacher and later as a publisher of visual poetry, as well as his opinions about the field of sound poetry. You will hear a selection of his sound poems and an engaging interview recorded in Cobbing’s home as he talked with Charles Amirkhanian. Bob Cobbing died in 2002 at the age of 82.

Musical Selections:  Whisper Piece No. 4 “Whississippi” (8:00) / Bob Cobbing -- As Easy (1970) (7:30) / Bob Cobbing -- [unidentified medley of jazz, etc...] (8:25) -- Pentagrams, Book 3: The Release [excerpt] (1924-26) (1:00) / Dane Rudhyar
Performers:  Bob Cobbing, voice (Whississippi ; As Easy)
Kerstin Lundberg, voice (Whississippi ; As Easy)
Michael Sellers, piano (Pentagrams)
Genre:  Sound Poetry
Subject:  Cobbing, Bob, 1920-; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Birdsongs; Jazz; Piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Cobbing, Bob, 1920-; Lundberg, Kerstin M. ; Rudhyar, Dane, 1895-1985
Recording Date:  9/20/1972
First Broadcast Date:  9/20/1972
 
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