Baobab issue #1

Baobab issue #1 cardboard box
Baobab issue #1 cardboard box rear
Baobab issue #1 boxset
Baobab issue #1 side A

A precursor of the 3ViTre sound poetry compilations (see previous post), Baobab, subtitled Informazioni fonetiche di poesia, was a sound poetry cassette magazine founded by Adriano Spatola (1941–1988) in 1979 in Reggio Emilia, in the Emilia-Romagna region in North Italy. Spatola had been publishing poetry magazines and chapbooks since the early 1960s in Bologna and Milan. In 1968, with brothers Maurizio and Tiziano, he founded Geiger, a publishing house dedicated to avantgarde writing (see here). After the death of Spatola, 3ViTre publisher Enzo Minarelli took over the magazine and published new issues well into the mid-1990s.

The first issue of Baobab is an international compilation gathering various languages and various takes on sound poetry, from mere reading to tape manipulation, with the B-side dedicated to Italian sound poets. The diversity of onomatopeia, syllables and sound approaches only adds to the variety on offer here, from Fluxus artist Dick Higgins’ hushed, indecipherable murmurings to Adriano Spatola’s homage to Futurist Marinetti’s Zang Tumb Tumb onomatopeic poetry in the excellent Aviation Aviateur (tr.#15). This is the true spirit of Parole in libertà.

[Thanks to Giuseppe for this rarity]

01 Gerald Bisinger Gespräche Gespräche (3:49) listen here
02 Julien Blaine W M Quinzième 1, 2, 3 (1:55)
03 Julien Blaine Conversation Brésilienne 1977 (1:26)
04 Julien Blaine Comptes Rendus 1, 2 (2:53)
05 Fulvio Abbate & Francesco Gambaro Cotito (4:56)
06 Dick Higgins Glass Lass (4:00)
07 Harry Hoogstraten Sara Mi Na Nah 1, 2, 3 (1:36)
08 Harry Hoogstraten The Do-Dah (:51)
09 Harry Hoogstraten Celebrations Galore (1:02)
10 Harry Hoogstraten For The Painter’s Colors (1:39)
11 Harry Hoogstraten Venice Already (1:17)
12 Giulia Niccolai Toti Scialoja (2:55)
13 Giulia Niccolai Maria Theresopiel (2:09)
14 Giulia Niccolai In The Downs (:57)
15 Adriano Spatola Aviation Aviateur (5:55)
16 F. Tiziano Tramgedy (4:01)
17 F. Tiziano To Type To Hit (3:21)
18 Ivano D’Aurelio Concerto Per Stockhausen (2:02)
19 Arrigo Lora Totino Discussione Del Duemila (1:35)
20 Arrigo Lora Totino Dibattito In A  (1:24)
21 Arrigo Lora Totino Odissea (:56)

Total time 50:40
Cassette released by Ed. Pubbliart, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 1979

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Baobab cassetography (tbc):

1979 Issue #1 “Antologia internazionale”
1979 Issue #2 “Antologia internazionale”
1979 Issue #3 “Oggi poesia domani”
1980 Issue #4 “Il dolce stil suono”
1980 Issue #5 “Antologia internazionale”
198? Issue #6 Arrigo Lora Totino
198? Issue #7 “Transuraniche”, dir. Luciana Arbizzani
198? Issue #8 “Antologia”
198? Issue #9 “Altagor: Métapoésie”
198? Issue #10 “Antologia internazionale”
198? Issue #11 “Baobab Femme”
198? Issue #12 “Alle Fonti Della Poesia Sonora”
198? Issue #13 “Antologia”
198? Issue #14 “Antologia internazionale”
198? Issue #15 “Antologia internazionale”
198? Issue #16 “Antologia internazionale”
198? Issue #17 “Canto Dell’Anello”
198? Issue #18 “Storia della Poesia Sonora”
198? Issue #19 “Baobab Festival”
198? Issue #20 Adriano Spatola
1991 Issue #21 “Baobab Italia ’90-’91”, 4xk7 set
199? Issue #22 “Voci Ispano-Portoghesi”, 3xk7 set
1994 Issue #23 “L’incanto del verso”, 4xk7 set
199? Issue #24 Luigi Pasotelli
199? Issue #25 “I Nuovi Mondi (The New Worlds)”, 4xk7 set
199? Issue #26 “Europa Cavalca un Toro Nero”
1995 Issue #27 “Italia 1995”
199? Issue #28 “Demain Encore”
199? Issue #29 “L’Europa Sonora”
199? Issue #30 “Whenwordies“

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4 Responses to “Baobab issue #1”


  1. 1 Tim September 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Your details about Asemic magazine are completely wrong. Please email me & I’ll set you straight.

  2. 2 continuo September 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Hi, Tim. Sorry for the confusion. I amended the post.

  3. 3 Tim September 28, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I think you mean “Tam Tam” magazine & publishing imprint.

    I publish “Asemic” magazine (www.asemic.net, http://www.calameo.com/subscriptions/1567746) & am not aware of anyone else using that name prior to me.

    Adriano Spatola’s visual poetry book “Zeroglifici” (English edition “Zeroglyphics”) was one source of inspiration for my glitch poetry book “noology”.

    Your uploads of sound poetry & field recordings are marvelous.

  4. 4 continuo September 28, 2012 at 7:45 am

    This is totally confusing, Tim! I’ll delete my allusion to “Asemic” magazine in the post. Been browsing through issue 4 and 5 of your journal and found it wonderful. Good work.


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