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Romanzi Nelle I is a stunning new work by Italian sound poet and artist Enzo Minarelli (b.1951). Romanzi Nelle I takes inspiration from the sacred work of Abraham Abulafia (1240-1291), the Jewish mystic and father of linguistic permutation. This edition fully documents the piece, containing audio, video, and literary content. It is rare to get to examine a composition so closely, and I have found to it be an important exercise. Enzo's years of work as a performer and curator come to shine here, and the rainbow of human range is examined - the transposition of meditation, massaging the depth of euphorias, and flipping the coin to paint the curls of despair. A fascinating experience delivered to those who are interested in sound and concrete poetry. Excerpts from book: The Prototype of Permutation: "It is not his life [Abulafia], however challenging it may have been, to have attracted me, but his very original theory of permutational study applied to nouns. If we consider permutation as a creative act, immediately it comes to mind the poetry of Brion Gysin who in 1960 does exploit it in operational terms, although it must be added that his way of permutation was the direct result of programming a computer made by an English student, Ian Sommerville, escaped from Oxford University to take refuge at the Beat Hotel in Paris, where he met Gysin. The same observation must be made for the experience called Tape Mark I (1961) and Tape Mark II (1963), by Nanni Balestrini, where the hardware makes the linguistic choice, or Tag-Surfusion (1996), by Jacques Donguy. They are, in essence, the same kind of texts, acutely called by Max Bense, 'stochastic', as the machine decides for the author. Abulafia, on the other hand, draws his series of permutation, studying the language from its inside, it is the prototype of permutation, the first motionless motor, and without tricks or deceptions, he sets up manually, only with the help of pen and paper, the whole universe of permutation, organizing a constant, linguistic change through a relentless swirl of terminology. Not necessarily, he begins from codified words, but often he takes fragments, syllables, groups of arbitrary monemes that he himself develops and twists exponentially, applying mathematical rules. The declared aim of his exercises is the divine ecstasy." The Primitive Simplicity Of Vocorality: "Romanzi Nelle I is an untranslatable title because it consists of the Italian anagram of my name and surname, in perfect Abulafia style, in its non-sense it means a lot. If it is possible to pursue the writing of the book of the books as Mallarmé was dreaming, moreover I believe I can point at the sound of the sounds, the word of the words, that is the primitive simplicity of vocorality, the big bang of the linguistic explosion, the first sonic imprint. For word, it is not to be understood the comprehensible term, but the arbitrary union of nouns after an eruption, the clinamen, the random fall of syllabic fragments because 'we have to let the letters the chance of continuing to be read [heard], despite the existence of the words' according to a great insight of Rabbi Yosef Razin."
Edition of 200. Includes: Hardbound, 71 page, full color book - CD of the 2015 rendition of Minarelli's "Romanzi Nelle I" - DVD holding the original 2013 performance.