Henri Chopin ‘Petit livre des riches heures signistes et sonores’

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This 16-page book and 7″ single of Henri Chopin‘s sound poetry was released in 1987 by Jacques Donguy, a Parisian art dealer specialized in avantgarde and sound poetry. The 2 tracks, recorded 1983 and 84, belong to the Audiopoems series, Chopin’s version of sound poetry. Booklet includes 8 typewriter poems and liner notes by Middle Ages historian Paul Zumthor. Through close miking, tape montage and sound effects, Chopin transforms noises produced by his glottis and larynx into a musique concrète étude. This is wordless sound poetry, and Chopin’s mouth is used as a mere sound generator. Music + 8 scans provided by Olivier Prieur. Thanks!

01 La Cavalcade Echevelée (4:45)
02 Dialogue Désourds (5:17)

Total time 10:02
7”+book published by Jacques Donguy Gallery, France, 1987

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5 Responses to “Henri Chopin ‘Petit livre des riches heures signistes et sonores’”


  1. 1 aboombong January 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    The track “Forsaken” off of the latest aboombong record uses similar techniques. All sounds on the track are manipulations of human voice.

    You can hear it here http://aboombong.bandcamp.com/track/forsaken

  2. 2 continuo January 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Do you, as a rule, put your microphone inside your larynx? Just kidding. The track is good, if a little tedious.

  3. 3 Daniel January 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Big thanks for this exotic material!

  4. 4 continuo January 20, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Thanks, Daniel.

  5. 5 Jared January 26, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Hi,
    I know this is availabe for download from Ubu … but I was wondering if you could please repost this, as I’d very much like the scans and text as well (Ubu just has the mp3s). I’m writing on Chopin.
    Pretty please?


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