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The radio intellectual: Specific, general, or just wired?

McHoul, A. and Miller, T. (1997) The radio intellectual: Specific, general, or just wired? In: Morris, A.K., (ed.) Sound states: Innovative poetics and acoustical technologies. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, pp. 56-73.


By investigating the relationship between acoustical technologies and twentieth-century experimental poetics, this collection, with an accompanying compact disc, aims to 'turn up the volume' on printed works and rethink the way we read, hear, and talk about literary texts composed after telephones, phonographs, radios, loudspeakers, microphones, and tape recorders became facts of everyday life.

The collection's twelve essays focus on earplay in texts by James Joyce, Ezra Pound, H.D., Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Amiri Baraka, Bob Kaufman, Robert Duncan, and Kamau Brathwaite and in performances by John Cage, Caribbean DJ-poets, and Cecil Taylor. From the early twentieth-century soundscapes of Futurist and Dadaist 'sonosphers' to Henri Chopin's electroacoustical audio-poèmes, the authors argue, these states of sound make bold but wavering statements?statements held only partially in check by meaning. The accompanying CD offers soundtracks of early radio sounds, poetry readings, Dada cabaret performances, jazzoetry, audiopoems, and contemporary Caribbean DJ dub poetry.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Humanities
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
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