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Stripling Does Brecht

Wolverton FM, 2018

Stripling Does Brecht is the communist techno sound poetry album you've been waiting for...

 

In 1947 The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and investigator Robert Stripling interrogated Bertolt Brecht about his Marxist philosophies and writings. In the process, Stripling read a number of poems and other writings by Brecht as evidence of Brecht's allegiance to the Communist Party.

In 2013, I took the only available audio recording of this interrogation and collected all of the moments that Robert Stripling said Brecht's name or spoke Brecht's words. The result is this album.

In 2019, Wolverton FM, a radio station from the Isle of Wight, UK released this album for the first time.

Born to Run

Heavy Breathing, 2018

Born to Run is an audio chapbook that collages descriptions of running and jogging from about 60 novels. There’s everything in here from Stephen King’s The Running Man to Cynthia Voigt’s The Runner, with a sprinkling of authors like Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie and Samuel R. Delany. To experience this piece, a listener would get on a treadmill or elliptical, put on headphones and press play.

Born to Run premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in June 2018. Later that summer it appeared in Meme Space, Taipei, and the Bangkok Biennial.

Portrait of the Artist as an Unborn Child Star

2012

This is a collage of audiobooks related to childhood and gender that I live mixed using different browser windows. It's also part of an ongoing series of works made under this title. Another "Portrait" appeared as a "night novel" and was published by Gauss PDF in 2015. More on that project here.

HOWL - Tom Comitta
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Howl in Six Voices

TextSound, 2010

Howl in Six Voices is a six-track album of six erasures of Ginsberg’s “HOWL for Carl Solomon.” Each track erases this poem, keeping only words containing a particular vowel. At the time I called this method “inflationary erasure” because words containing more than one vowel would show up more than once, creating a full erasure album that is longer than the original. Above is track four, “HOWL." It contains every word with the letter o in Ginsberg’s “HOWL.”

Link to full album and TextSound Issue 11 on PennSound

Link to “HOWL” mp3