Friday, April 04, 2008

the typewriter and the mouth...

henri chopin typewrite poem

henri chopin was the supreme poet of both the typewriter and the mouth. you can find a ton of information about him, as well as the publication he founded - revou ou', online (a good place to start is here).

being a sucker for a book with a record inside, i have always loved his little catalog with a 7" published in 1987 by gallerie J&J donguy. between the visual poems and the audible ones, there is a wonderful feeling of connectedness - particularly in that the sound poem, made with mouth and tape, resembles very much a typewriter's frenetic/rhythmic activity. it's a beautiful rhythmic stuttering presence that mimics the visual works.

click here to listen (and if you listen quietly it sounds a bit like trickling water...)

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