Fehlberliner U-Wirr (CDr + Book)
Format: CDr + Book
Genre: Sound Art
**150 copies** Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, voice performer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in physics, mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems. He took up saxophone and started to compose music, at first mainly jazz pieces and music for experimental theatre. In reciting poetry, especially the works of Antonin Artaud, Lucebert and Kurt Schwitters, he discovered the directness and flexibility of vocal utterance, whether using meaningful words or not. At present, he has developed into a prolific writer / composer and a specialist in the performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence and an almost childlike freedom at improvisation. When Blonk first saw the street sign “Fehrbelliner Straße”, he misread it as “Fehlberliner Straße”, and has never been able to read it in the right way again. That is the origin of the title of his sound piece (something like “Mistaken Berlin Subway Tangle”), that he made for the audio gallery “ohrenhoch, der Geräuschladen” in Berlin-Neukölln, where it could be listened to in October of 2016. Blonk scrambled the station lists of the Berlin subway lines, U1 till U9, with a random process. This created in part pure sound poetry, performed here with a wide range of different vocal sounds.