Serbian composer, visual artist and theoretician Vladan Radovanović (b. Belgrade, 1932), is a Yugoslavian electronic music pioneer who established former Yugoslavia’s first electroacoustic music studio, the Radio Belgrade Electronic Studio in 1972 – see English bio here. During the 1970s, Radovanović turned to sound poetry and readings of conceptual texts a la Lawrence Weiner. He appeared on various sound poetry compilations listed in the discography below. Developed in a book of the same name in 1987, Radovanović’s Vokovizuel concept encompasses his activities as a sound and visual poet – of which some examples are included in this essay in Serb. In 2010, he published a study on electronic music titled Muzika i Elektroakustička Muzika, published by Izdavačka knjižarnica Zorana Stojanovića, Novi Sad, Serbia.
глaс из динамика, or Glas iz zvučnika, or Voice From The Loudspeaker, was premiered at Belgrade’s Student Cultural Center in 1975. The Studentski kulturni centar, or SKC, was the most important venue for the Serbian capital’s avantgarde artists – there was a retrospective exhibition on the Student Cultural Center with a PDF of the catalog here. Voice From The Loudspeaker is a conceptual text about the recorded voice, the magnetic tape medium and the loudspeaker’s reproduction of the recording. In its use of self-referential speech, it is somewhat comparable to Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in a Room, save for the sound treatment. The English version was translated and read by Australian-born saxophonist Paul Pignon, who lived in Yugoslavia at the time and collaborated with contemporary music composers.
[Thanks to Goran for this one]
Voice From The Loudspeaker
01 Serbo-Croatian version, read by V. Radovanović (4:46)
02 English version, read by Paul Pignon (4:21)
Total time 9:07
7in single released by PGP RTB, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1975
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Vladan Radovanovic discography (tbc):
1975 Voice From The Loudspeaker, 7” single, PGP RTB, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1977 Becoming Distinct/Indistinct, cassette, published by Guy Schraenen, Antwerpen, Belgium
1977 “Electra”, incl. in Elektronski Studio Radio Beograda, LP, PGP RTB, ref. 2513, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1978 Vladan Radovanović, LP, PGP RTB, ref. 2550, 1978, Belgrade
1982 “Recorded”, incl. in Voooxing-Poooetre, published by Enzo Minarelli, Bondeno, Italy
1988 “Cut”, incl. in Slowscan vol. 8, cassette, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands