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In Sara, Mencken

IN SARA, MENCKEN, CHRIST AND BEETHOVEN THERE WERE MEN AND WOMEN

Robert Ashley

New definitive CD reissue of this original Cramps label album from 1974, an early classic from Robert Ashley (previous CD version on Cramps is now deleted). This deluxe slipcased version features a 110-page book, reproducing the original Wolgamot text along with fascinating liner notes explaining the whole project from Keith Waldrop and Robert Ashley. The CD features one long composition with Ashley reading a text by poet John Barton Wolgamot. The poem has 128 stanzas; each stanza is made up of the same phrase, into which are introduced four variables, three are names or groups of names or constructions of names, and the fourth variable is formed by the adverb of the active verb. The result is considered "one of the most unusual and difficult linguistic textures in the English language". The underlying music is supplied by Paul DeMarinis on Moog synthesizer. Ashley on DeMarinis: "{Paul} has elaborated seven different modular combinations, each of which can be controlled by programmed impulses. These derive from the sound of the reading of the poem passed through the regeneration high frequency filter and successively translated into a series of command impulses."

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Excerpt

You can also hear Robert Ashley and Keith Waldrop discuss this release on WFMU's archives.

CD 4921 (1 CD with book)
7-4529-54921-2-2
List Price: $31.99

Lovely Price: $30.00

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