LORA-TOTINO, ARRIGO - URSPRACHE (7")


"Working at the vinyl release of the Trio Prosodico we had the chance to meet Arrigo Lora-Totino and to go with him through his archive of reel tapes and unreleased material, bumping into these two pieces belonging to a completely different nature compared to the ones we were acquainted with - less "acting" and much more "exercise" - where the voice is stressed to its limits in two opposite ways. Toccata vocale is a boiling chorus of short vowel sounds - like hiccuping bullets of a jammed machine gun - while Ursprache is a creepy flow of stretched growling voices ending with a multilingual echoing scream. Arrigo Lora-Totino is considered one of the fathers of Italian sound poetry. He's mostly known for having curated the anthology "Futura: Poesia Sonora" (Cramps Records, 1978), where he collected the voices of the most interesting sound poets of the twentieth century, but also for being a key figure in the Italian experimental poetry. Active since the late Sixties, he gave more than 200 performances of Gymnastic Poetry and Liquid Poetry (using the Idromegaphone, a tool invented on purpose to let the voice sound through water) and a series of mimic declamations of avant-garde texts, from Futurism to Dadaism, Russian Zaum, Expressionism, Surrealism, Lettrisme and Concretism." (label) 100 copies on black
in stock | IT| 2017| HOLIDAYS RECORDS | 14.90


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