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Edited by Marc Dachy: 17 avant-garde voices from the '10s to the '70s.

A SONOR LUNAPARK
The concept is from the writer, critic and close collaborator marc dachy. It's really a panorama of the most important avant-garde writers and artists of the century. All what you find here is exclusively read by the artists themself. It begins in 1912 with Apollinaire and ends with the Brazilian avant-garde of the seventies...

One of the more fascinating spoken word collections available, lunapark 0,10 consists of tracks recorded throughout the 20th century from a variety of avant-garde writers and artists, in a variety of languages and contexts. It's a perfect release for the Sub Rosa label, which has long focused on the recorded history of innovative art, and serves in its way as a grand sampler for the curious listener as well as those well-versed in the authors and artists collected. Hearing such noted authors as James Joyce (his selection being the famous reading of "Anna Livia Plurabelle"), Gertrude Stein, and E.E. Cummings tackle their own work is a treat, but the joy of lunapark 0,10 is its range beyond a literary canon. Kurt Schwitters' frenetic "Ursonate" has to be heard rather than read; similarly Camille Bryen's readings, while Brion Gysin's selections start with "Pistol Poem," numbers interspersed with gunshots. The earliest recordings, while understandably rough in terms of fidelity, often have a strong power that transcends the recording medium -- Vladimir Maiakovski's readings of "Une Aventure Extraordinaire" and "Ecoutez! -- Poslouchaitie" capture a strong, dramatic voice in full flight, echo adding to its impact. Once or twice the speakers introduce their pieces with context -- Richard Huelsenbeck's "Phantastische Gebete," recorded nearly 50 years after its writing, is explained as being a piece from the original Cabaret Voltaire. One interesting selection is from Marcel Duchamp -- rather than reciting poetry or prose, he speaks about "The Creative Act," a calmly spoken meditation on artistic impulse taken from a 1957 convention appearance. If anything, lunapark 0,10's emphasis is on the power of the spoken word regardless of the language spoken -- or in some cases, not even being language at all.
Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

FEATURES

GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE
VLADIMIR MAIAKOVSKI
RICHARD HUELSENBECK
KURT SCHWITTERS
JAMES JOYCE
GERTRUDE STEIN
TRISTAN TZARA
CAMILLE BRYEN
MARCEL DUCHAMP
E. E. CUMMINGS
BRION GYSIN
JULIAN BECK
GHERASIM LUCA
FRANCOIS DUFRENE
PIERRE GUYOTAT
AUGUSTO DE CAMPOS

TRACK LISTING CD / 26 TRACKS

01 Guillaume Apollinaire Le Pont Mirabeau 01:20
02 Vladimir Maïakovski Une aventure extraordinaire arrivée à Vladimir Maïakovski en été à la datcha 01:49
03 Vladimir Maïakovski Ecoutez! 00:58
04 Richard Huelsenbeck Phantastiche Gebete 04:10
05 Kurt Schwitters Ursonate 03:27
06 James Joyce Anna Livia Plurabelle 08:36
07 Gertrude Stein If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait Of Picasso 03:39
08 Gertrude Stein A Valentine To Sherwood Anderson 03:46
09 - - - -
10 Tristan Tzara Pour compte 01:08
11 Camille Bryen Poème pour phono 00:42
12 Camille Bryen Tête de coq 00:41
13 Marcel Duchamp The Creative Act 07:25
14 E.E. Cummings That Melancholy 01:53
15 E.E. Cummings Let's From Some Loud Unworld's Most Rightful Wrong 02:06
16 Brion Gysin Pistol Poem 03:43
17 Brion Gysin No Poets 01:00
18 Brion Gysin Junk Is No Good Baby 02:04
19 Julian Beck Je n'ai pas le droit de voyager sans passeport 01:27
20 Gherasim Luca Son corps léger 02:42
21 François Dufrène Ouverture sans fin, Post-Scriptum au Tombeau de Pierre Larousse 05:47
22 Pierre Guyotat EPQ (Encore plus que la lutte des classes, extrait) 04:01
23 Augusto De Campos Cidade city cité 00:31
24 Augusto De Campos Quazar 00:19
25 Augusto De Campos Dias Dias Dias 01:39
26 Augusto De Campos Pulsar 01:29