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“The body is a soundfactory and it never never stops”, says Henri Chopin, “and every human is an orchestra with different sounds.”
Key words: Sound poetry. Audio poems. Soundscape. Lautpoesie. Lautgedicht. Klanglandschaft.
Everyone knows that the acoustic world of the human voice is rich and varied. However, if we examine the human voice through a magnifying glass, taking an “extreme close-up” by holding the microphone right up to it, or perhaps by playing it back in slow motion, we discover a whole different world of sounds.
Together with the recordings of various places and their different geophonic and biophonic structures this radio work emerges as a homage to life.
“Don’t Follow me. Follow your life” is based on sounds that make up and signal life. Breathing and the voice as well as noises and sounds from landscapes are all signs of life.
Bruno Pisek started his work on this piece with a trip to England last fall to visit the well-known sound poet Henri Chopin. A month later, the two artists were already holding a course on sound poetry at the Vienna Poetry School. The radiophonic work features voice-sound recordings taken on the trip to England and the sound poetry course that took place in Studio RP3 at the Funkhaus in Vienna. As additional material it also incorporated recordings of performances at the Vienna club Porgy und Bess. Voices: Henri Chopin, Heike Fiedler, Mitch Heinrich, Bruno Pisek, Sophie Reyer, Peter Waugh.
This program will also be broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound via OE1DD.