Four Hoarse Men Sound Poetry

January 23, 2012
Splabman

Greg Bem, Jason Conger, Joe Chiveney and I have been rehearsing a Sound Poem originally done by the Four Horsemen: bp nichol, Steve McCaffery, Rafael Barreto-Rivera and Paul Dutton. (Their version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahUdQd_YtwM )

Read the comments section there and you get a sense what people think about this kind of poetry, but I think there is something valuable in attempting (sometimes) to communicate  in a way that transcends words.

So, for the January edition of The Breadline, we performed as the Four Hoarse Men and it was recorded by Raanan David and posted here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Hyv_Tf_O8

Here’s the score:

             4 Hoarse Men Sound Poetry Score

Instructions: replicating the unconscious, ecstasy & the dreamlike.  2 conducts. Each scream is 5-6 seconds, facilitated by conductor. Each segment 15-20 seconds.

1 – Jason

2 – Paul

3 – Joe

4 – Greg

COMMENTS

1

SCREAM 1

2

E e e e e e e e

CONDUCTS

ggg rrr www L L L L L L  Z Z Z Z

(2 & 4 silent)

3

SCREAM 2

4

Growling animal, then popping sounds

Choking sounds, gagging lip pops

(2 & 4 silent)

5

SCREAM 3

6

Vowels grunted with tongue

CH CH CH UH UH UH NK NK NK

TU TU TU

AA AA AA

(1 & 3 silent)

7

SCREAM 4

8

E E E E E E

K K K K K

T T T T T T

D D D D D

EEE intermittently

E e e e e e

(1 & 4 silent)

9

SCREAM 5

10

OOOOOOOOH

(as in sue)

OOOOO (turns sexual ecstasy and relief, more quiet)

Anthemic O

OOOOO turning to animal sound

11

SCREAM 6 (End)

I’d welcome your comments.

2 Comments

  1. jwcurry

    comment didn’t seem to register, pardon me if this repeats:
    howcom the video is unviewable?

    Reply
  2. jwcurry

    & howcom the previous comment is likewise unviewable? weird…

    Reply

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