RELEASES 2016 / 2017

UPCOMING LATE NOVEMBER: VOD-Editions 1.1-1.7: Henri Chopin Recordings 1955-1991 7Lp-Set plus 7inch with Booklet

Henri Chopin (1922-2008) was one of the most significant and influential avant-garde, sound and -concrete poets of the second half of the 20th century.
In his work as a sound poet, he was an early practitioner of a complex vocal art which he described and defined as poésie sonore , in which he used his voice, a microphone, and elementary "home" recording technologies to manipulate a vast tapestry of sounds with his compositions.

As poet, painter, graphic artist and designer, typographer, independent publisher, film-maker, broadcaster and arts promoter, Chopin's work was a barometer of the shifts in European media between the 1950’s and the 1970’s.

His publication and design of the iconic audio-visual journals Cinquième Saison and Revue OU between 1958 and 1974 contained vinyl-recordings as well as texts, images, screen-prints, and multiples. It brought together contemporary international writers including such artists as members of Lettrisme and Fluxus groups, Jiri Kolar, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Tom Phillips, Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs and many others. He also brought back the work of survivors from earlier generations of experimental poets such as Raoul Hausmann and Marcel Janco to present their work to a fresh audience.

There is no doubt that he is a leading protagonist, accelerator, and incubator for the second half of the 20th Century avant-garde and experimental audio art.

VOD is exceptionally proud to present two box-sets of Henri Chopin’s work spanning from 1955 to 1991:  with Box 1 (VOD1.1-1.7) covering his official stand-alone releases and with Box 2 (VOD1.8-13) covering all his other contributions to vinyl and tape productions as well as unreleased recordings.

Both boxes come with a nicely illustrated 52-page booklet and texts in French and English by Vincent Barras, Marc Matter, Larry Wendt and Henri Chopin’s daughter, Brigitte Morton.
 
LP 1: Audopoems 1956-1980 (Edition Hundertmark; Munich 1983)

A1     Rouge / Red (1956); “first vocal research, taken from the theatre piece Vivre pour Vivre” (H.C.)                                                3:04    
A2     Dynamisme intégral / Integral Dynamics (1972 / 1973); first published on V.A. Poesia Sonora (CBS, 1975, ed. by Maurizo Nannucci)                        4:03
A3     French Lesson (1974); announcement in french: Jean Ratcliffe, in german and swedish: Sten Hanson                                            5:15
A4     Double Extension - with Sten Hanson; electronic composition (1970); Voice: Henri Chopin, electronic manipulation: Sten Hanson                        7:03
A5     Hoppa Bock / Play Leap-Frog (1970); first published on Text-Sound Compositions 6 (Fylkingen, Stockholm)                                        5:54

B1     Pêche de Nuit / Night Fishing (1957); dedicated to Jo Verbrugghen. Originally released as 7” with Le dernier roman du monde, Edition Cyanuur, 1970            11:35
B2     Tête à Tête - with Sten Hanson (1971 / 1973); Voice: Henri Chopin, electronic manipulation: Sten Hanson                                        3:37
B3     L’agrippe des droits / The grip of rights (1980); dedicated to Christian Clozier; based on the poem Yalta (1974)                                    10:02



LP 2: OH Audiopoems (Balsam Flex; London 1979)  

A1     La Peur / Fear (1959-1971); based on a concrete poem in Cinquième Saison Nr. 6 (1959), twelve years of vocal research turned it into a sound poem            33:25
B1     Le Corps / The Body (1965); concludes Vivre pour Vivre II (1957); has been used as soundtrack for the theatre piece Dans le silence lance l’air;
three movements, voices: Henri Chopin (1st, 3rd), Denis and Brigitte Chopin (2nd, child’s voices), Jiri (Georges) Latal (3rd); first publ. in Revue OU Nr. 30/31              21:34
B2     Improvisation Directe / Live Improvisation (1978); performed live for a radio broadcast, “it's a pure voice approach, without notation” (H.C.)                10:05

Bonus 7inch
A1     Dentales soufflées / Unvoiced dentals (1979); dedicated to Erik Vonna-Michell. “It's an approach to a short meal offered at our sound factory” (H.C.)            07:27    B1     Vibrespace (1963); “single voice, accompanied by some concrete sounds by hitting the microphone on a small dental prosthesis” (H.C.)                    08:55



LP 3: Henri Chopin Audiopoèmes 1972 – 1991 (Menú Cuadernos De Poesía; Cuenca, Spain 1993)

A1     La digestion (1972)                                                                                                     15:10
A2     Fresque de l’impalpable voix / Fresco of the impalpable voice (1990); has been performed live numerous times and broadcasted on radio                    16:03

B1     Echos de bouche / Mouth Echoes (1990); “These echoes were recorded for disc and radio art” (H.C.)                                               9:52
B2     Crescendo aux Vocèmes / Danse des Vocèmes (1991); ‘Vocème’ = neologism by Paul Zumthor, a portmonteau composed of ‘vocal’ and ‘graphème’             18:07



LP 4: Henri Chopin (Artalect; Paris 1983)

A1     Symphonie en Rut Jambette (1982); “This audio-poem is a reading taken from le petit Robert dictionary, very rich in its confrontations.” (H.C.)                5:30
A2     Trio d’été / Summer Trio - with Pierre Mariétan, alpenhorn, Olivier Beurotte, percussion (1979); “Direct composition without preparation or rehearsal” (H.C.)        11:53
A3     Voyage in California / Voyage en Californie - with Larry Wendt (1983); recorded at Larry Wendt’s in San José
“Oral movements” by Henri Chopin, electronically transformed by Lary Wendt” (H.C.)                                                            9:49

B1     Sol Air (1961-1964); first published in OU Nr. 28/29; a written version in Cinqième Saison Nr. 11 and Nr. 12
“The composition took me four years, with the abandonment of words thought figurative. It was my last attempt with a score.” (H.C.)                             9:29
B2     2500, ou les Grenouilles d’Aristophane, ou la Fortune / 2500, Or Aristophanes’ Frogs, Or Fortune (1967); first published in OU 36/37
Referring to Aristophanes’ use of onomatopoetics, “this mocking and laughing audio-poem enriched with echoes, speed-changes and vocal amplification” (H.C.)        4:32
B3     Nous n'avons pas voix au Chapitre (1983); “Little piece without hope in front of the law” (H.C.)                                                3:23
B4     Jouissance des lèvres / Pleasure Of The Lips (1983);
After returning from a tour through Australia, “I received direct influence from the fleshy lips of the Aborigines, where orality dominates” (H.C.)                    4:37
   


LP 5: Audiopoems (Tangent Records; London 1971)

A1     New Departure (1969); “This new start was made possible when we left France and moved to Ingatestone, U.K.” (H.C.)                                4:45
A2     La peur (first movement) (1958 / 1969); “Poem written in 1958, the score for this first movement was published in Cinqième Saison Nr. 6” (H.C.)                15:52

B1     Pluralité 1.1.1.1. (1968 / 1969); Composition using six speeds and six superimpositions
“With the tape-machine, in addition to its technical possibilities, the composer must use great manual and oral skills” (H.C.)                                23:29



LP 6: Poésie Sonore (Igloo records; Brussels 1983)

A1     Le discours des ministres / Ministers’ Speech (1961 / 1971); acoustic theatre piece, produced for radio-broadcast; See also Cinquième Saison Nr. 13            3:44
A2     A l’impossible nul n'est tenu (1982)                                                                                            3:08   
A3     Jeux de présence / Presence Games (1980)                                                                                    6:00
A4     Une fête de microparticules vocales / A Party of Vocal Microparticles (1982); offered to François Dufrêne, who sadly died shortly after;
“An almost inaudible audio-poem, at a few centimeters (of the tape) no listener can hear me” (H.C.)                                                7:07

B1     La chanson des papes / Pope’s Song (1975 / 1982); “Non-religious fun and memories of Aristophanes’ frogs” (H.C.)                                3:22
B2     La poésie sonore du plus loin que le verbe et toujours pour lui (1982); “The only real sound manifest on the subject” (H.C.)                                8:36
B3      Throat Power / Le fond de la gorge (1974 / 1977); “This audio-poem cultivates short silences, contrary to previous attempts.” (H.C.)                        9:08



LP 7: Audiopoems (Edizioni Lotta Poetica, Studio Morra / Radiotaxi - Vibrazioni del sonoro 3; Brescia 1983)

A1     The British National Anthem (1973) / renamed in 1993: Vertigo du vertige; “I am searching for even more dynamic rhythms” (H.C.)                        11:15
A2     Les chuintantes respirent (1979); Accidentaly pressed on 1/2 speed on the original LP - corrected for this version                                    9:50

B1     Le marché commun / The Common Market (1973); “Radiotaxi disc refused for the cover that I don't like.” (H.C.)                                    2:09
B2     L'alphabet (1974); “…where the human changes into a xylophone to laugh the languages” (H.C.)                                                5:04
B3     Definition des lettres suivantes / Definition Of The Following Letters (1974); dedicated to Franco Verdi; “Marvelous Alphabet, you deserve more” (H.C.)        5:38
B4     Cantata For Two Farts And Juan Carlos The First / Cantate pour deux pets et Juan Carlos premier (1975);                                        11:50
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