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Program 509: Sound Poetry, part 1

KALW Broadcast Date: March 30, 2018 | Host: Charles Amirkhanian

Sound poetry, dating back over 100 years, is the focus of Other Minds Music Festival 23, titled “Sound Poetry: The Wages of Syntax.” Participants include such charismatic poets and composers as Anne Waldman, Aram Saroyan, Clark Coolidge with composer Alvin Curran from Rome, virtuoso performer Jaap Blonk from the Netherlands, Enzo Minarelli from Italy, and Beat poet Michael McClure—just a few of the many voices to be heard over a 6-day extravaganza, Monday April 9th through Saturday April 14th, at ODC Theater in San Francisco.

In program 510, Charles Amirkhanian introduces some rare gems such as the 1958 takeoff on Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel, transformed into abstract language by Maurice Lemaitre into Lettre Rock. Anne Waldman holds forth with her striking, shamanistic Synoptic Microcosmos, and Clark Coolidge, performs his syntax attack, The Very Idea. Brion Gysin, Ernst Toch, and Gertrude Stein/Virgil Thomson are highlighted, and Italian sound poet Enzo Minarelli pays homage to the Pope in Cultpppoem.

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Title: Phoneme (2006)
Composer: Silvia Matheus
Performers: Silvia Matheus, synthesizer
Recording Title: Private Recording
Record Label: N/A
Catalog Number: N/A

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Title: Three Unlikely Corporate Sponsorships – Nestlé (2016)
Composer: Mark Applebaum
Performers: Mark Applebaum
Recording Title: Speed Dating
Record Label: Innova
Catalog Number: 996

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Title: Définition des Lettres Suivantes (1975)
Composer: Henri Chopin
Performers: Henri Chopin
Recording Title: Text-Sound Compositions: A Stockholm Festival
Record Label: Fylkingen
Catalog Number: 1024

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Title: Friction (1973)
Composer: Lily Greenham
Performers: Lily Greenham
Recording Title: Lingual Music
Record Label: Paradigm Discs
Catalog Number: PD 22

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Title: Torero Piece (1973)
Composer: Beth Anderson
Performers: Beth Anderson
Recording Title: 10+2: 12 American Text Sound Pieces
Record Label: Other Minds Records
Catalog Number: OM 1006-2

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Title: Dog of Stravinsky (1982)
Composer: Charles Amirkhanian
Performers: Charles Amirkhanian
Recording Title: Mental Radio
Record Label: New World Records
Catalog Number: NWCRL523

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Title: Ruby
Composer: Susan Stone
Performers: Susan Stone
Recording Title: House With a View (Private Recording)
Record Label: N/A
Catalog Number: N/A

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Title: What is the Matter in Amy Glennon? (1988)
Composer: Sheila Davies
Performers: Barney Jones, Gregory Whitehead, Pierce MacKenzie, Fran Smith, Amy X Neuburg, Shiela Davies – voices
Recording Title: Transmissions From Broadcast Artists
Record Label: ¿What Next? Recordings
Catalog Number: WN0013

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