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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 audio books related to childhood and gender. From the Project Gutenberg archive. Live mixed in browser windows. It's also part of an ongoing series of works made under this name. 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