The Poetics of Phonotextuality

Blog for a poetics seminar at the University of Maine

Listening Notes – Fifth Set

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Breakfast by Anyssa Kim [RP]

Catullus 27 by Celia & Louis Zukofsky; perf. by Louis Zukofsky [AF]

Evil Axis by Gregory Whitehead [SH]

Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden; scroll to track 5 [AJ]

whi ing and wou ing tend her by Charles Verey [AR]

Written by Steve Evans

February 16, 2009 at 11:46 am

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Listening Notes – Fourth Set

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A Blessing in Disguise by John Ashbery [DF]

Crickets by Aram Saroyan [AF]

Go Ha Ha Ha by Jesse Glass [RP]

I Love Music by Amiri Baraka [AR]

Noise by Public Works [SH]

Oracular Vowels by Lee Ann Brown [AJ]

Ten Packed Minutes by Vito Acconci [AH]

Written by Steve Evans

February 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

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Listening Notes – Third Set

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A Description of the Fifteenth Of November: a Portrait of T. S. Eliot by Gertrude Stein [RG]
Emily Dickinson N+7 and Pledge by Lee Ann Brown [AR]
f yo o t Ne toKi by Charles Verey [SH]
Lower Manhattan Pantoum
by Elaine Sexton [AH]
Mayakovsky by The Four Horsemen [RP]
The Paddle Song – Non Stop Horse by Luigi Pasotelli [AF]
Sonnet 18
by Shakespeare performed by Garrison Keillor  [AJ] – forward to 2’34”

Written by Steve Evans

February 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Listening Notes – First Set

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First Set – January 18

The Coded Spider by Ralph Hawkins [SH]
His Master’s Voice
by Janek Schaefer [RG]
I Love Men by Nada Gordon [AF]
Important Poem by Elizabeth James [AJ]
Motorcycles by Taylor Mead [DF]
Open Your Mouth and Let the Air Out by Christof Migone [AR]
Pleasure Sweets by bpNichol [RP]
Things I’m Good At by Mairéad Byrne [AH]

Written by Steve Evans

January 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Listening Notes – Second Set

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Second Set – January 25

Besame Mucho by Edwin Torres [DF]
A Box of Pastels
by Ted Kooser [AJ]
Hot Dragon Day by Jas Duke [AR]
Matisse by Gertrude Stein [AF]
Number Poem for Two Voices (Two Sections) by Neil Mills with Elaine Mills [SH]
The People’s Choice Music
by David Soldier [RG]
The Ringing of the Bells of the Mind performed by Jaap Blonk [RP]

Written by Steve Evans

January 25, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Log for Seminar of January 19

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I. The First Active Sense?

II. No Such Thing as Silence

III. The Lipstick of Noise

  • Jean-Luc Nancy’s 1988 talk of that name
  • For philosophical “foundation,” a career-spanning pun on “sense”
  • Etymological web of “noise” in French, Greek, Latin, Spanish, and English

IV. Can Philosophy Listen?

  • Nancy’s “Listening,” trans. Charlotte Mandel

V. Roland Barthes

  • “Listen”
  • “The Grain of the Voice”

VI. A First Set of Listening Notes

  • Verbal presentation of notes submitted

Written by Steve Evans

January 25, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Posted in Class Log

Cocktail Party Effect

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Not long ago Scientific American devoted a 60-second podcast to the “cocktail party effect” (see the brief entry in Augoyard and Torgue’s Sonic Experience). A transcript of the podcast (and link to the soundfile) is available here.

As we consider the different situations in which poetry is performed and recorded (including bars and cafés), and the different “room tones” that result, we’ll have occasion to consider this effect at some length. There are also poetic works—such as Louis Zukofsky’s “A”-24—that recruit the effect to systematic compositional use, forcing the listener to deliberately select segments of a complexly “layered” acoustical ensemble for conscious attention. The play of foreground and background, figure and ground, attending to and attending from, desired “sound” and unwanted “noise,” will be a constant in our explorations.

Written by Steve Evans

January 18, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Posted in Sonic Experience


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