The Tape Cut-ups

November 9, 2010

A friend of mine sent me this video a while ago and after today’s discussion of how some L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets explored ways to assemble/disassemble language, I thought it’d be appropriate to post.  The video adds a type of video cut-up to William S. Burroughs recording of “Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-ups” which is followed by an example given by Brion Gysin who introduced Burroughs to the technique.  They applied the technique to printed text as well as audio clippings which I think is fascinating.  I particularly like the image during Gysin’s part.

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“When you cut into the present the future leaks out.” -Burroughs

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Repetition and Parallelism

November 8, 2010

==Repetition and Parallelism==
Language poets often place lists of words or phrases together without comment. Then repeat them, with slight alterations and rearrangements. This rearrangement then becomes the narration, as various connections get teased out by the stream of consciousness. In the following example, the first stanza begins with phrases from the news and overheard snippets of conversation. They get rearranged as the “I” and “me” are teased out in the following stanzas.

Madonna Wilt

America

two day sale

bread 2 for $6.00

hamburger $4.99 lb

gas tank bleeding yellow

congress halts neighbor’s short sale

lenders guilty of rubber stamping foreclosures

the bank came today to take the house that Keith built.

America amerIca amerIca amer I ca amerIca aMErIca aMErIca

built

built america

gas built aMErica

bleeding America I

gas bleeding yellow ME

i gas bleeding yellow me take

gas take America america take i

came to take the house AmerIca built

America gas came to take the house me

America built the house to take gas I me amerIca

AMErIca

two day sale

bread 2 for $6.00

haMburgEr $4.99 lb

gas tank bleedIng yellow

congress halts neighbor’s short sale

lenders guIlty of rubber staMping foreclosurEs

the bank caME today to take the house that Keith built

the bank came today to take the house that America buIlt
the bank came today to take the house i me gas rubberstamp

america i ME built rubber stamp house gas me tank bleeding gas

america bleeding gas yellow me rubber stamp me take I foreclosure house

america forclosure yellow house guilty rubberstamp house of gas sale two day

yellow bank gas bleeding America guilty rubberstamp built came to take house sale

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