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project "the joys of SoundMusic"


sound poetry I

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Sound poetry (also known as tone poetry) centres round written and spoken words, just like any form of poetry. The words however have no direct meaning. They are non-linguistic and senseless (and consequently unintelligible) combinations of letters and syllables. You do not look for its literal meaning, you have to listen to its sound / rhythm / music and find some feeling, emotion or understanding in that. This is what sound poetry is all about.


Words spoken or recited by human voices

The first sound poems emerged from the futurist movement, somewhere around 1915. The best-known exponent was dadaist poet Hugo Ball (1886-1927). He wrote and performed sound poetry in German .... which is only noticeable in the titles of his poems. The texts themselves transcend language.


We give some examples of sound poems conceived by Hugo Ball, both in written and in spoken form. The recordings you can hear here were performed by Trio Exvoco in the mid-1980s.


 

In 1916 Hugo Ball wrote his most famous sound poem, titled "Karawane". The printed poem shows typically dadaist lay-out and typography.



Wolken (1916) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

elomen elomen lefitalominal
wolminuscalo
baumbala bunga
acycam glastula feirofim flinsi
elominuscula pluplubasch
rallalalaio
endremin saxassa flumen flobollala
fellobasch falljada follidi
flumbasch
cerobadadrada
gragluda gligloda glodasch
gluglamen gloglada gleroda glandridi
elomen elomen lefitalominal
wolminuscalo
baumbala bunga
acycam glastala feirofim blisti
elominuscula pluplusch
rallabataio


Katzen und Pfauen (1916) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

baubo sbugi ninga gloffa
siwi faffa
sbugi faffa
olofa fafamo
faufo halja finj
sirgi ninga banja sbugi
halja hanja golja biddim
m m
piapa
mjma
pawapa baungo sbugi
ninga
gloffalor


Totenklage (1916) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

ombula
take
bitdli
solunkola
tabla tokta tokta takabia
taka tak
Babula m'balam
tak tru -
wo - um
biba bimbel
o kla o auwa
kla o auwa
la - auma
o kla o
la o auma
klinga - o - e - auwa
ome o-auwa
klinga inga M ao - Auwa
omba dij omuff pomo - auwa
tru-
tro-u- o-a-o-
mo-auwa
gomun guma zangaga gago blagaga
szagaglugi m ba-o-auma
szaga szago
szaga la m'blama
bschigi bschigo
bschigi bschigi
bschiggo bschiggo
goggo goggo
ogoggo
a-o -auma


Gadji beri bimba (1916) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

gadji beri bimba glandridi laula lonni cadori
gadjama gramma berida bimbala glandri galassassa laulitalomini
gadji beri bin blassa glassala laula lonni cadorsu sassala bim
gadjama tuffm i zimzalla binban gligla wowollmai bin beri ban
o katalominai rhinozerossola hopsamen laulitalomini hoooo
gadjama rhinozerossola hopsamen
bluku terullala blaulala loooo
zimzim urullala zimzim urullala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam
elifantolim brussala bulomen brussala bulomen tromtata
velo da bang band affalo purzamai affalo purzamai lengado tor
gadjama bimbalo glandridi glassala zingtata pimpalo grg
viola laxato viola zimbrabim viola uli paluji malooo
tuffm im zimbrabim negramai bumbalo negramai bumbalo tuffm i zim
gadjama bimbala oo beri gadjama gaga di gadjama affalo pinx
gaga di bumbalo bumbalo gadjamen
gaga di bling blong
gaga blung



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