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Program No. 1: Clark Coolidge

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 63 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

Clark Coolidge, the poet perhaps most responsible for inspiring the entire experimental field of Language Poetry, produced in 1969, 17 remarkable one-hour programs for KPFA of experimental audio pieces by himself and others . This is the first program, comprising two Coolidge works read in his own voice. The first piece is built on various combinations of the repeated words "car, once, harp, & rice" and the second is a medley of "but, if, it, though, its, thus, is, what, & and." The rhythmic interplay and unexpected juxtapositions of these looped sounds create a hypnotic patterning, magnified in part by the writer's flat affect that serves to focus attention on the strangeness of the sounds of these quotidian syllables.

Musical Selections:  [unidentified piece: car harp once rice] / Clark Coolidge -- [unidentified piece: but, if, it, though, its, thus, is, what, and] / Clark Coolidge
Genre:  Sound Poetry
Subject:  Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry
People:  Coolidge, Clark, 1939-
Recording Date:  1/09/1969
 
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