Various Artists
The 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival
4CS+Book Box Set
R091 / Includes Download Code
Hand-numbered edition of 200 copies, 240-page book, 6x9″ perfect bound
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1Sten Hanson - Introduction 3:31
2Carles Santos - To-Ca-Ti-Co-To-Ca-T 4:37
3Carles Santos - Conversa 5:06
4Jackson Mac Low - HUNGER STrIkE wh A t doeS lifemean 8:37
5Greta Monach - Fonergon 79-5_ Otto the Rhino on the Fitti-Hooli-Islands in the Benga-Sea 18:03
6Bernard Heidsieck - Poeme-Partition A 11:11
7Bernard Heidsieck - Sisyphe (passepartout 25)4:54
8Bernard Heidsieck - Democratie II (passepartout 27)7:26
9Katalin Ladik - Untitled 7:18
10Jerome Rothenberg - First Horse-Song for 4 Voices 8:39
11Mary Ellen Solt - U.S.A. 5:37
12John Giorno - Put Your Ear to Stone and Open Your Heart to the Sky 18:50
13Armand Schwerner & Charles Stein - A piece for 2 Bflat clarinets and voices 5:13
14Beth Anderson - Six Stories In Sequence 5:41
15Charles Amirkhanian - Dreams Freud Dreamed 5:39
16Richard Kostelanetz - Turfs 6:51
17Franz Kamin - Kathy_s By The Oceanside 9:15
20Michael Gibbs - Tome Tones 2:53
21The Four Horsemen - Mayakovsky 3:38
22The Four Horsemen - Air Blind 4:12
23Adriano Spatola - Ocarina 4:09
24Adriano Spatola - Al Capone Poem 1:52
25Adriano Spatola - Aviation Aviateur 4:47
26Paula Claire - JETAKEOFF 1:03
27Paula Claire - Popcorn 4:08
28Sten Hanson - How Are You_ 3:04
29Sten Hanson - Au 197.0 6:08
30Charlie Morrow & Glen Velez - Entrance Music & Bows 5:22
31Larry Wendt - Earthworm (excerpt)10:35
32Nina Yankowitz - Personae Mimicking or Voices from the Piano 7:42
33Robert Joseph & Pier Van Dijk - Untitled 11:59
34Alison Knowles - Fishes of the Philippine Seas 27:23
35Bern Porter - George (Ode to Friendship)1:37
36P. Clive Fencott - His Dexter Daylight Utterly Darkened 10:43
37Bob Cobbing - Sha Ma Na 4:30
38Bob Cobbing - Statue of Liberty Suite 6:12
39Ocarina Orchestra - Forest 7:17
40John Beaulieu - Channel (Bonus Track)11:20

After years of preparation, Recital is proud to present the 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival box set. Held in New York in 1980, this was the last festival of the pioneering series, first started in Stockholm in the 1960s. This ambitious document holds nearly five hours of audio from 30 artists. A 240-page book with biographies, texts, and artwork from each artist supplements the edition, including program notes by Charlie Morrow and Sean McCann.

The 10-day festival collected a battalion of sound poets from around the globe to share the stage at Washington Square Church in Manhattan. Both established sound poets are juxtaposed with more obscure artists, some more fervent than others. Carles Santos, John Giorno, and The Four Horsemen, for example, convey a verbal onslaught. And Bernard Heidsieck, you can hear his shouted and snarled words of “Democratie II” shimmer against the walls and ceiling, amplifying in intensity as if he is screaming at the French Parliament in the Palais du Luxembourg. Not all performances are aggressive; Alison Knowles presents a theatrical ensemble reading (with bean performance), and the subdued conceptual work of Robert Joseph and Pier Van Dijk’s for voice and the sound of turning book pages is particularly interesting.

The year 1980 seemed like a turning point for sound poetry: there were seemingly more new sound poets than ever, yet the genre began to dissipate and melt into a pool of other experimental sound practices with newer digital technologies. One can almost hear the generational change in these tapes, mid-exhale. But of course at the end of the day sound poetry is still alive and well, and splitting hairs as fine as these becomes more a matter of personal taste/perception than anything else. There will always be a romanticization of the beginning of any project or movement, the pure state, and luckily this collection includes many of the pioneers.

Artists included: Carles Santos, Jackson Mac Low, Greta Monach, Bernard Heidsieck, Katalin Ladik, Jerome Rothenberg, Mary Ellen Solt, John Giorno, Armand Schwerner, Charles Stein, Beth Anderson, Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Kostelanetz, Franz Kamin, Michael Gibbs, The Four Horsemen (bpNichol, Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton and Steve McCaffery), Adriano Spatola, Paula Claire, Sten Hanson, Charlie Morrow, Glen Velez, Larry Wendt, Nina Yankowitz, Robert Joseph, Pier Van Dijk, Alison Knowles, Bern Porter, P. Clive Fencott, Bob Cobbing, and the Ocarina Orchestra.