The Agents of Impurity event this Sunday

Subject: The Agents of Impurity event this Sunday
From: Richard Whitelaw (
Date: Thu Oct 14 2004 - 06:12:22 EDT

Sonic Arts Network invites you to The Agents of Impurity - a Night of Sound,
Poetry and Sound Poetry. A Resonance FM benefit event. A totally free event.
An extraordinary event.

Tonight SAN is honoured to present an exclusive presentation of work by
Henri Chopin and offers a rare opportunity to be in the company of the
artist, now in his 82nd year. The event features a historic piece by the
composer from 1971 followed by a recent 2003 composition. Chopin has been a
tireless explorer of the grain of the voice since the 1950¹s and his work
opens new ways of listening beyond the separation between music and

We also present an exclusive performance from Kenneth Goldsmith, mastermind
of the epochal and curator of our new cd publication The Agents of
Impurity. Goldsmith¹s writing has been described as the most ³exhaustive and
beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry² by Publishers Weekly.
Sue Tompkins, another of our special guests, presents More Cola Wars,
performance poetry that moves from the page to the voice, from speech to
song, from song to signal, from signal to pure sound. A process of writing
and a process of thought revealed in poetic performance.
Also performing, Caroline Bergvall whose sound poetry represents the
disintegration of speech in spoken performance and a meeting point between
various languages; physical and verbal, French and English, live voice and
ventriloquised technology. Bergvall will present a complete performance of
About Face, a project that uses the live, oral performance of a written text
to explore speech residues, spittles, hesitations and micro-particles of

The evening is rounded off by the London debut of Birmingham¹s Frank Cougar,
inhabitant of a surreal and enigmatic world between music and the spoken
word, cabaret and a half remembered Raymond Chandler novel, darkness and the
Soundscape ambience during the evening will be provided by John Levack
Drever who will present a mix of Dartmoor cattle grids, fox hunting and
vintage field recordings from the 1930s.
CD Launch
SAN will also be officially launching The Agents of Impurity CD publication
pack this evening. The CD, curated by Kenneth Goldsmith, traces a history of
sound and concrete poetry from the justified and ancient to recent and
morally reprehensible. It features a wealth of mind-expanding material
including audio and visual work from Artaud, Beckett, Eduardo Paolozzi, Vito
Acconci, Jaap Blonk, Ergo Phizmiz, Sue Tompkins and Caroline Bergvall. The
CD publication represents a third of our set of tri-annual releases. Buy it
at the event at a special launch price of £12 or, for greater value for your
hard earned cash, become a member of Sonic Arts Network and receive three
curated CDs over the next 12 months. We urge you to act on this information.
We will be supporting Resonance FM at the event with a pass-the-hat whip
round later in the night and a ³guess the weight of the cake² competition
because, of course, we love cake! So prepare to dig deep for the benefit of
the only sane reason to own a radio ­ Resonance FM!


Sunday 17 October. 7.30
The Museum of Garden History
Lambeth Palace Road
SE17 7LB
Tube: Lambeth North, Westminster

We hope to see you there

The Sonic Arts Network Team


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