Avant-Garde All the Time
By Poetry Foundation
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Poet Kenneth Goldsmith presents selections from UbuWeb, the learned and varietous online repository concerning concrete and sound poetry, experimental film, outsider art, and all things avant-garde.
||CleanDriven by Sound Tracks||An audio tour of films featuring Vito Acconci, Erik Satie, Vicki Bennett, Karl Holmquist, and more from the UbuWeb archive.||1/10/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sound of Silence||Samples from from Craig Dworkin's UbuWeb paper “Unheard Music,” featuring John Cage, Steve Reich, Mieko Shiomi, Yves Klein, and more.||9/6/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlmost Completely Understanding||Audio interpretations of Gertrude Stein from the UbuWeb archives.||7/22/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSounds of Fluxus||Yoko Ono flushing toilets, La Monte Young’s “Theater of Eternal Music,” Larry Miller’s baby crying, Alison Knowles onion skin music and loads more.||6/1/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUbuWeb Interviews||Gertrude Stein at the Algonquin, William Carlos Williams trying to remember “The Red Wheelbarrow,” Salvador Dali on his phallic moustache, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Derrida, and scads more from the archive.||3/22/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Women of the Avant-Garde (part 2)||Sound clips from Gertrude Stein, Yoko Ono, Louise Lawler, Shelley Hirsch, Lauren Lesko, Forough Farrokhzad, Pauline Oliveros, and many more.||11/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Women of the Avant-Garde||Sound clips from Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson, Caroline Bergvall, Denise Levertov, Lydia Lunch, Patti Smith, Eileen Myles, and many more.||10/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanContinental Drift||How the French avante-garde twisted up and bent language, featuring Rimbaud, Apollinaire, the space age poetry of Ilse Garnier, and more.||8/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sounds of the UK||A wide-ranging survey of British sound poets and artists from the 1960s to the present, featuring Bob Cobbing, Neil Mills, Liliy Greenham, Chirstopher Logue, Ann Laplantine, and more.||7/21/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResident Voices||Listening to the far out sounds of 1970's LA, featuring Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, and the Kipper Kids, among others.||4/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPunk Versions of Monkey Chants||And other ethnopoetic marvels, including speaking in tongues, throat singers, and sound poetry.||1/5/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProtest Poetry With a Beat||Hear Allen Ginsberg's hilarious "CIA Dope Calypso" and peak performances by Ezra Pound, Amiri Baraka and Abbie Hoffman.||10/20/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSchwitters Happens||You really should listen to the numbers 1 through 100 . . . especially 79.||7/31/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Decade Ever?||Tellus's trove of '80s recordings, from ethnopoetics to Paul Bowles.||5/26/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe First "Three-dimensional" Magazine?||Aspen featured Warhol, the Velvets, and John Lennon twiddling the radio dial.||2/17/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe World of Outsiders||Kenneth Goldsmith shares some insane and profane sounds that lie between Avant-Garde and Outsider Art, including recordings by Jim Roche, Robin Kahn, and Sean Landers.||1/17/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat did Patti Smith, Frank O'Hara, and Meredith Monk Have in Common?||The John Giorno Poetry Systems||12/4/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
Glossy Left-Establishment Propaganda.
Not only can I nearly see this smug host twirling his square-rim glasses as he talks, he talks far too much, cutting short utterly classic recordings with his nonsensical appraisals. For instance, following 2 lines of Ezra Pound's Canto 65 (Usura) by not only referring to it as 'infamous' but also opting to use 'Stormfront' (of all things) to elucidate a point of the great poet. Unsatisfied with this none-too-subtle propagandizing of the premier 20th century avante garde poet of them all, he moves on to smear Allen Ginsberg for his in-depth and revealing work CIA Dope Calypso thus: "God only knows if any of that is true, most likely Mr. Ginsberg was smoking dope in his East Village flat, INVENTING IT ALL, and coming up with this incredible song..." Learn more by listening to the poems herein on your own accord without propagandizing, revisionist commentary by this stooge.
This is good
Good sound quality. Concise explanations. I like it.
This podcast has to be the greatest out there. If you've never listened to the avante-garde, this is definitely a wonderful place to start.