Fantastic sound poetry piece by Hartmut Geerken restringing the Sun Harp, the Ukranian bandura that Sun Ra gave him in 1971 when he visited Egypt for the first time. The acoustics of his manual workings emerge without any esthetic intention: the bandura's voluminous resonating body forms the reverb of the room. Each manual action and each contact of the tuning key with the wooden body is 'reverbed'. The instrument creates its audio space. A mythic dream play is evoked: the myth's space of reverb. An ear ready to absorb, hears the labor pains of voice and string ahead of language and music.
Sound poem in six movements. Performed by Laura Santiano, Sergio Cena and Arrigo-Totino. Recorded in Torino at S.I.E. Studio di Informazione Estetica, 1976. Mastered from the original tapes by Giuseppe Ielasi. Lacquer cut by SST, Frankfurt am Main.
Inner sleeve picture of the performance "Alla Cieca" by F. Carghetti (Milano, Teatro Out-Off, 1978). Pictures of the the tape edition (S Press, 1978)by Cosimo Rosa. First volume in a series of sound poetry coordinated by Luca Garino.
Thanks to Luciana "Lou" Braghin for the precious help. In memoriam Giuliano Zosi (1940-2016).
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