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Giovanni Fontana

Epigenetic Poetry (Lp)

Label: Recital

Format: LP

Genre: Sound Art

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“Epigenetic Poetry is an anthology documenting the sound works by the Italian sound poet Giovanni Fontana (b. 1946). These pieces, dating from 1968 to 2014, are scarcely available; culled from cassette magazines and art-book compendiums, along with two unreleased recordings. Fontana has been a pioneer of Italian visual poetry, sound poetry, and experimental theater since the mid-1960s. Together with peer Adriano Spatola, Giovanni worked on the publication Tam Tam (founded in 1972). He also rode in the same wagon as Arrigo Lora-Totino, splicing, pasting, and folding the compass of Italy’s intermedia. In one light, Fontana’s voice erects a brutal and guttural effigy of man, primitive and hermetic. Yet, stepping to the side, one can see the thin strands of support bolstering such combustibles. As chested-strings of a piano, Fontana strikes firmly across the resonating spread of discovery and acceptance. In addition to voice; jaw-harp, guitar, whistle, piano, and harpsichord are featured in these recordings, though the musical elements are secondary to the voice. Mouth, throat and even nose (‘Poema a naso’ features a microphone inserted in the nostril) take the stage-light. The interconnection between Giovanni’s visual and audio artwork is significant. Words twist and dissolve; blotted with ink, soaring across an empty score. This album acts as a frame for these 14 pieces, which can be seen as they are heard, spilling from speakers as letters meeting paper.” — Sean McCann. June 2016.

Edition of 315. Includes 16-page 9″x9″ pamphlet with three critical essays, score excerpts, artwork, and program notes written by Fontana. Includes download code.

Cat. number: R 020LP
Year: 2016
Cover image: Giovanni Fontana, "Per Voce Sola", sound poem, 2005 Back photograph by Marco Palladini, Roma, 2011 Recital, Los Angeles, California Comes with booklet and scores