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File under: Sound Poetry

Ilmar Laaban

Ankarkättingens Slut Är Sångens Början

Label: Fylkingen Records

Format: CD

Genre: Sound Art

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"Ankarkättingens slut är sångens början; poesi & ljudpoesi 1944-1993" (The Song Begins Where the Anchor Chain Ends; Poetry and Text-Sound 1944-1993) was edited and poroduced by Teddy Hultberg, and includes texts by Teddy HultbergSune Nordgren and Ilmar Laaban.

Ilmar Laaban´s poetry, practically a class in itself in Sweden, traverses linguistic borderlands where words can get split and torn apart, reduced to something beyond words, perhaps more universal than words, but where the various components can just as often be reassembled in new words. The cycle of destruction and construction always fascinated Laaban the word-wright and word-kneader, going through it over and over again to find the cracks and clefts from which an unexpected spring might well forth.

Like Tristan Tzara he holds to the maxim "thought is born in the mouth". Laaban´s poetry, which gives sound and form to the subconscious, is a poetry of utterance, and therefore speaks for itself. But the appended compilation of statements on the subject, from the writer himself, nevertheless offer a rewarding insight into his poetic method and reveal much about the associative pathways down which his imagination has wandered. This CD begins with two examples of Labaan´s surrealist recitation from the 40´s and 50´s, followed by some of his polyphonic text-sound poetry (which he started in 1967), and finally some sound poems from the 90´s.

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File under: Sound Poetry
Cat. number: FYCD1011
Year: 1998
Notes:

Retrospective (1944-1993)