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The Shape of Oblivion: Poetry and the Rollercoaster

Posted 20 December 2013 by | Comments Off

 

When is a poem like a Rollercoaster? Jack Underwood passes the height requirement and gets strapped in. I wouldn’t exactly say that I like going on Rollercoasters but my annual trip to a themepark is a recent tradition that I’m keen to uphold. I tend to go in autumn when the queuing time is minimal, [...]

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“Who You Gonna Call?” – Sophie Mayer meets the Ghost Librarian

Posted 15 November 2013 by | Comments Off

 

_ 1. How to Approach a Ghost Librarian. Or, Dr. Venkman gets busted. When Ghostbusters’ hapless trio of paranormal investigators confront their first ghost, wreaking havoc in the stacks and card catalogues of the New York Public Library, Peter Venkman’s approach is to break the silence of the library – loudly, wittily and flirtatiously. Against [...]

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The voices in the radio: SJ Fowler’s Electric Dada

Posted 20 May 2013 by | Comments Off

 

Sarah Lester explores the inspiration behind poet SJ Fowler’s new commission Electric Dada. Why can’t a tree be called Pluplusch, and Pluplubasch when it has been raining? 1916 Dada Manifesto, Hugo Ball Zurich seems like an unlikely city to spawn a revolutionary, “anti-art”, art movement, but in the midst of a war-ravaged Europe, the seeds [...]

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Synchronicity: Ross Sutherland and the Poetry of the Crystal Maze

Posted 13 May 2013 by | Comments Off

 

Juggling two inputs – poet Ross Sutherland insists – is better than gawping unflinchingly at one. Taking as much inspiration from Oulipo techniques as he does from Bill Murray’s unenviable predicament in Groundhog Day, Ross has been using processes of synchronicity, and his Grandad’s old VHS tape, to create a new, quasi-hypnotic poetic form. Sarah [...]

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Tip-of-the-Tongue Phenomena

Posted 22 April 2013 by | Comments Off

 

In Willem Levelt’s Speaking: From Intention to Articulation, I came across a description of the ‘Tip-of-the Tongue’ state, the name for that common experience of being almost but not quite able to remember a word. Levelt is interested in what happens when the TOT state is brought about in experiments; he uses the example of [...]

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Describing Silence (6 Distortions)

Posted 12 April 2013 by | Comments (1)

 

In June last year, I managed to spend an hour in UCL’s anechoic chamber. This space is one of the quietest places in the city, if not in the world: isolated from all external sounds through thick insulation and a ‘floating floor’, its inside walls are covered in fibreglass wedges to prevent any noise you [...]

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Stop Press: The Electronic Voice Phenomena Tour

Posted 25 February 2013 by | Comments Off

 

A glitch-cabaret of haunted circuitry and phantom language. Taking its name and inspiration from Konstantin Raudive’s 1970s experiments into hearing unidentified voices in electronic interference, EVP is a brand-new programme of performance works divining the role of voices-from-beyond in the creative process. Whether muses, ancestors-cum-confidantes, the subconscious or ephemeral static, the project asks how voices [...]

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A word in your shell-like: Nia Davies on The Listener

Posted 11 February 2013 by | Comments Off

 

The maxim ‘seeing is believing’ is enduring. We’ll believe it when we see. Meanwhile we may distrust what is only heard, smelt or felt. Hearing is essential or unavoidable in the experience of most art that isn’t music or sound-related and yet it very often ‘eclipsed’ by the visual when it comes to discourse around [...]

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‘Half-articulated wailings’: Nia Davies on The Voice

Posted 28 January 2013 by | Comments Off

 

What is it about an unidentified sound – a noise with no visible source – an acousmatic rustle in the bushes? We regularly tune out unwanted background noise but some sounds jolt us awake in the night, stop us dead in our tracks or silence our conversations. Mid-winter, walking in Abney Park Cemetery in London [...]

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Beyond Plagiarism

Posted 21 January 2013 by | Comments (1)

 

by Jon Stone The case of Christian Ward’s plagiarism of Helen Mort and others has graduated from local to national news and attracted a great deal of comment, but hardly for encouraging reasons. If anything, it’s the very lack of real controversy that makes this particular incident suitable fodder for the mainstream media, which struggles [...]

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Boursnell & Riviere: 5 actions / 5 texts / 5 songs

Posted 10 January 2013 by | Comments Off

 

Live artist John Boursnell documents the development of 5 actions / 5 texts / 5 songs – a work in collaboration with poet Sam Riviere. It used repeated actions, lo-fi sounds, ball-bearing dropping and Polaroid picture-taking to create patchworks of quiet sounds and ‘concrète songs’. * 0 At the start of this. The voice was [...]

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Bird Talking

Posted 7 November 2012 by | Comments Off

 

This is a kind of nature poetry found in the repetition a machine allows. It’s the only kind of poetry I can make. Weblink: Emma Bennett’s Bird Talking. * Listen to approximate robin: *

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Featured blogs

Nathan Jones charts the development of EVP

Unspeakable Telephony: Ulysses

Describing Silence (6 Distortions)

Instructions for Catch* Construction

Tip-of-the-Tongue Phenomena

Better night vision, more vegetarianism: Stan Gooch’s Total Man

Subliminal messages: Judas Priest and the mythology of suicide

Synchronicity: Ross Sutherland and the Poetry of the Crystal Maze

Munster Page Habit 2 by Mark Leahy

The Render Ghosts – James Bridle

“Who You Gonna Call?” – Sophie Mayer meets the Ghost Librarian

The Shape of Oblivion: Poetry and the Rollercoaster

Glitchenskypen by Mark Amerika

Sell Your Cleverness

Antonio Roberts AKA Hellocatfood commission

Echoes of Individuation: The Black Stack, Bicameral Minds & EVP

JR Carpenter’s Etheric Ocean

Curt Cloninger: Static Trapped in Mouths

“Peter Coffin: The Ecological Mystic (or how to appreciate the inherent stupidity of everything)”


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