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Ode To Gravity:
The Sound Poetry of Herman Damen

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 53 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian introduces a program devoted to the experimental sound poetry of Herman Damen, author of “Langer Vers” (”Stays Fresh Longer”), and editor of “AH! Magazine”. Holland’s leading “verbosonic artist” or “language designer” was interviewed by Amirkhanian in Amsterdam on December 12, 1973, during which he discussed his artistic concepts, and introduced some of his text-sound pieces, most of which were commissioned by Ab van Eyck, the drama producer of the Dutch radio station NCRV. Damen, born in 1945, was also a member of the Poesia Visiva group of Italy. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  Monologue Machine [excerpt] (ca. 1970) (5:48) -- Ritemcellage [excerpt] (1:42) -- Voices [a.k.a. “Cocon”] (8:56) -- Speaking Majority (1:43) -- Plastic-elastic (1970) (1:04)
Genre:  Sound Poetry
Subject:  Damen, Herman, 1945-; Concrete poetry; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Damen, Herman, 1945-
Recording Date:  12/12/1973
First Broadcast Date:  5/7/1975
 
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