Or doggy bag or fanny pack? Ah, text sound composition…

textsound online magazine @ the internet – all the time

Lars-Gunnar Bodin - co-author of the term text-sound-art.  Hes looking smug.  And as if he is on a 70s sci-fi set.

Lars-Gunnar Bodin - co-author of the term Text Sound Art. He's looking smug. And as if he is on a 70s sci-fi set.

Textsound.org is an online audio publication which focuses on text sound art.  They regularly publish proper weird collections of text sound compositions.

Text sound art is a crossover activity between poetry and musical composition. (A better name would have been Muetry or Poesic).  The term was devised in the 67 by the mischevious Swedish radio heads, Bengt Emil Johnson and Lars Gunnar Bodin.

In their own words the people of Textsound magazine are interested in…

‘the fields and intersections of poetry, sound poetry/ art, and performance.  Textsound asks its artists to consider the following: the breaking down of language into its parts; how language accumulates to create meaning, sense, and non-sense; the pleasure and pain of repetition (a la Edwin Torres or Gertrude Stein); beats in words and music (Viki or Laurie Anderson); recycling of materials (like radio collages from People Like Us or Kenny Goldsmith); and stories in which part of the event is sonic (radio plays by Samuel Beckett or Rodrigo Toscano)… ‘

One of the highlights from issue two is Kenneth Goldsmith’s Sports Part 1 and Part 2.  A rambling nonsense/surreal monologue in a mock-sports radio style that goes on for over four and a half hours.  Good.

If you want some first person doggybag/fannypack action get to textsound.org.

If you want to know about the history of text sound art there is an article here.  (It’s pretty good!)

Advertisements

One response to “Or doggy bag or fanny pack? Ah, text sound composition…

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the write up about textsound! The Kenny Goldsmith cut is one my favorites.

    Best,
    Anna Vitale
    textsound editor

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s