Created by Italian sound poet Enzo Minarelli, born 1951, the concept of Polypoetry (polipoesia) encompasses various forms of sound poetry live performance, from basic poetry reading to elaborated multi-track tape collage to intermedia events (see the official 3 Vi Tre website for more info). In the late 1970s, Minarelli himself mixed poetry readings with video or dancers during multimedia installations and performances he called videopoems. The interest in sound poetry had been reignited in Italy in 1982 with two legendary releases: the Polyphonix n°1 LP on Cramps records, a compilation of international sound poets documenting the festival of the same name ; and the Voooxing Poooetre compilation LP, edited by Minarelli. When he launched the 3 Vi Tre seven inch single series in 1983, Minarelli’s personal tastes brought him closer to Charles Amirkhanian’s 10+2: 12 American Text Sound Pieces on Arch Records (1974), than John Giorno’s Poetry Systems records (1972) – that is, sound poetry exploring sound effects, loops or musique concrète sounds.
♫ 3 Vi Tre‘s inaugural issue offers vocal and tape manipulations verging on pure musique concrète in the case of Henri Chopin‘s Chercher, recorded 1975, a remarkable noise study ala Pierre Schaeffer/Pierre Henry, complete with larsen and distortion, microphone rubbed on all kind of materials, and minimal, hushed vocal interventions. Arrigo Lora-Totino‘s 1983 Rumore d’Ombra could pass for a Futurist provocation with its Intonarumori-like noises and Italian onomatopeia.
01 Henri Chopin – Chercher (7:22)
02 Arrigo Lora Totino – Rumore d’Ombra (5:42)
Total time 13:04
7inch record released by Edizioni Di Polipoesia, Alatri, Italia, 1983