Giovanni Fontana
Epigenetic Poetry
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Edition of 300 copies, incl. 16 page 9"x9" pamphlet
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1Audiocollage no.1 1:56
2Poema stumentale 1:49
3Tracciapensieri 1:35
4Radio/Dramma: Cancellature 2:17
5Campananotte 5:19
6Radio/Dramma: Bzzuiiii 3:17
7Radio/Dramma: Sirene 1:33
8Alalìa 4:04
9Poema a naso 2:51
10Nu chahutant le piano 1:23
11Sipario 4 - Voci 3, Perdita di fiato 2:52
12Mask 2:26
13Per segrete stanze 10:35
14Vesunna 2:04

An anthology documenting the sound works by the Italian sound poet Giovanni Fontana (b. 1946). These pieces, dating from 1968 – 2014, are scarcely available; culled from cassette magazines and art-book compendiums, along with two unreleased recordings.

Fontana has been a pioneer of Italian visual poetry, sound poetry, and experimental theater since the mid-1960’s. Together with peer Adriano Spatola, Giovanni worked on the publication Tam Tam (founded in 1972). He also rode in the same wagon as Arrigo Lora-Totino, splicing, pasting, and folding the compass of Italy’s intermedia.

In one light, Fontana’s voice erects a brutal and guttural effigy of man, primitive and hermetic. Yet, stepping to the side – one can see the thin strands of support bolstering such combustibles. As chested-strings of a piano, Fontana strikes firmly across the resonating spread of discovery and acceptance.

In addition to voice; jaw-harp, guitar, whistle, piano, and harpsichord are featured in these recordings, though the musical elements are secondary to the voice. Mouth, throat, and even nose [Poema a naso features a microphone inserted in the nostril] take the stage-light.

The interconnection between Giovanni’s visual and audio artwork is significant. Words twist and dissolve; blotted with ink, soaring across an empty score. This album acts as a frame for these 14 pieces, which can be seen as they are heard – spilling from speakers as letters meeting paper.

16 page 9″x9″ pamphlet with 3 critical essays:
“Hypervox and electrophonic mask” by Giovanni Fontana “Giovanni Fontana: Poetry as Action and Sound” by Patrizio Peterlini “Giovanni’s Adventures in Mediumland” by Jean-Pierre Bobillot Incl. Color images (score excerpts, artwork, etc.) and Program Notes written by Fontana