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LAABAN, ILMAR - Ankarkttingens slut r sngens brjan

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Fylkingen FYCD 1011
Release Year: 1998
Note: obscure Swedish sound poetry by this pioneer (*1921), where the meaning of words meets with the noise of words; luxurious artwork & book included
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.50

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Obscure Swedish sound-poetry with some very old recordings, from one of the lesser known artists in this field where meaning of words meets with the noise of words... Comes with nice gold-embossed small book with texts, pictures and graphics, all in Swedish !

Ilmar Laabans poetry, practically a class in itself in Sweden, traverses linguistic borderlands where words can get split and torn apart, reduced to something beyond words, perhaps more universal than words, but where the various components can just as often be reassembled in new words. The cycle of destruction and construc- tion always fascinated Laaban the word-wright and word-kneader, going through it over and over again to find the cracks and clefts from which an unexpected spring might well forth. Like Tristan Tzara he holds to the maxim "thought is born in the mouth. Laabans poetry, which gives sound and form to the subconscious, is a poetry of utterance, and therefore speaks for itself. But the appended compilation of statements on the subject, from the writer himself, nevertheless offer a rewarding insight into his poetic method and reveal much about the associative pathways down which his imagination has wandered. This CD begins with two examples of Labaans surrealist recitation from the 40s and 50s, followed by some of his polyphonic text-sound poetry (which he started in 1967), and finally some sound poems from the 90s. Ilmar Laaban was born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1921. He studied Romanic languages at the university of Tartu and musical composition at the Tallinn conservatory. To avoid being drafted into Hitlers army he fled to Sweden in 1943. He had already been writing surrealist poetry in Estonia, and continued in the same vein in Sweden, supporting himself as a freelance culture and art reviewer. His grasp and overview of the international art arena gave him an important role as a guide and source of inspiration for many artists who came in contact with him, not the least those in the circle around Fylkingen. [label info]