Re: Rhythmic Speech

Subject: Re: Rhythmic Speech
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Sun Jul 10 2005 - 17:16:49 EDT

Chris Leon wrote:

> Hi,
> I am writing a paper on the use of spoken word as rhythmic device for
> composition. This involves any sound emitted by the voice (male or
> female) that is morphed into a rhythmic pattern.
> Who are the first composers to take speech fragments and create
> rhythmic patterns or loops?

It's interesting that you use the words "composition" and "composers"
here, because the first thing that
springs to mind is the Ursonate by Schwitters the creator of "merzbau",
and the best performance I ever heard was
Christian Bok's, who's a poet. (on Ubuweb, down for summer)

> Some of the early pioneers I have found so far are Steve Reich and
> Leos Janacek.

Or are you being territorial about "composition," since you use the word

-- eliot

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