Baobab issue #9 – Altagor

Baobab issue #9 – Altagor box front
Baobab issue #9 – Altagor back
Baobab issue #9 – Altagor box set
Baobab issue #9 – Altagor cassette side A

French proto-Lettrist poet Altagor (real name Jean Vernier, 1915-1992) used onomatopeia in his “Métapoésie” writings and an invented language in the “Parole transformelle” visual poetry. Also an instrument builder, he accompanied his poetry readings on the pantophone, a stringed, bowed instrument, and the plectrophone, played with a stick. For an introduction to the sound world of Altagor, please refer to the article and sound file on Continuo-docs.

This cassette is an overview of Altagor’s Métapoésie. The amateurish technical realization is probably the work of Altagor himself. It starts with a short excerpt from Simonia, a poem from the 1950s, supposedly longer than 10,000 verses. Simonia was the chthonian goddess Altagor invented during his frequent walks in Les Eparges forest in North-Eastern France. After a brief Plectrophone solo, Altagor then performs a choice of his Métapoésie poems with Plectrophone accompanyment.

[Thanks to Giuseppe for this rarity]

01 Simonia (2:13)
02 Plectrophone solo (:34)
03 Métapoésie I (12:50)
04 Métapoésie II (8:05)
05 Métapoésie III (4:06)
06 Métapoésie IV (7:50)
07 Métapoésie V (8:00)
08 Métapoésie VI (3:18)
09 Métapoésie VII (2:05)

Total time 49:00
Cassette released by Ed. Pubbliart, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 1981?


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6 Responses to “Baobab issue #9 – Altagor”

  1. 1 p-sh September 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you continuo! Wonderful blog!
    Нow to download? Аll attempts to download failed=(

  2. 2 continuo September 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Hi. Sorry to hear that. The download link is at the bottom of the page. You’re asked to go through a captcha routine and then wait 25 secs before d/l link appears. That is, if the service is available in your country.

  3. 3 Juan Angel Italiano October 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Continuo siempre publicando verdaderos tesoros! Continuo publishing always treasures!

  4. 4 continuo October 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm


  5. 5 RCOLL October 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you a lot! I always believed that the only Altagor’s recordings were the track on Futura Poesia Sonora. This is a veritable treasure trove.

  6. 6 continuo October 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I agree with you and we owe this jewel to my friend GIuseppe.

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