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The Sonosopher Retrospective

Artist: Sten Hanson
Sten Hanson - The Sonosopher Retrospective CD & Book
Label: Alga Marghen
Regular Price: $74.95
On Sale For: $29.98 
Year: 2010
Format: Box Set


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Includes 100-page hardcover gorgeous coffee-table book with CD.

This edition is the digital version of the LP issued some years ago in the VocSon series and is only available with the alga marghen copies of Sten Hanson's heavy hardcover luxury book titled Works / Oeuvres / Werke /Arbeten. The cd contains works from more than three decades, thus covering almost the entire career of Sten Hanson as a sound artist. All these works were previously released on record by alga marghen on the now sold out LP with the same title, as well as in various 'Text Sound Composition' rare LP anthologies issued in Sweden between 1968 and 1970. The oldest work on the record is 'Danse figure (for EP)' which was first performed at the Pistol Theatre, Stockholm in 1965. The work is inspired by a poem by Ezra Pound with the same title and is made out of recording of the first two lines in that poem. This work is followed by three examples of Hanson's 'shamanistic' poems: 'Hermetic Back Piece', 'The New York Lament' and 'Skärp dig, för fan!'. 'Lettre d'un etranger' deals with the problems of communication between people close to one other and was first performed in the framwork of Polyphonix 13, Paris in 1988. 'Am strengsten verboten' is the contribution to an intermedia event by Charlie Morrow, Carles Santos and Sten Hanson himself performed in two boxing rings at Bobby Gleasons Gym, in the shadow of Madison Square Garden, New York in 1981. 'Les Martyrs' was a part of the intermedia opera 'Robespierre's Last Night', first performed in Hudiksvall, Sweden in 1975. 'Les sabots de bouc' is a poem without words telling a story like a medieval morality from the times when the cathedrals were built and the devil was a force to be reckoned with. 'Che' is a pamphlet based on a speech by Ernesto Che Guevara, while 'Coucher et soufler' is a play on the problems of human communication. 'Western Europe 1969' is a satire on superficiality. 'The Destruction of Your Genetical Code by Drugs, Poisons and Radiation' is based on a visual poem already conceived in 1960, when the idea that genetic damage could affect man's offspring for coming generations was a fairly new and shocking one. 'Au 197.0' was composed at the request of choreographer Susanne Valentin, who wanted a piece for a work on rites; as rite demands religion and it seemed clear to the composer that materialism is the only real living religion of our time. 'Finale', a piece to end with, was first performed in Annecy, France in 1995. Edition limited to 90 copies, including a 12 page booklet with liner notes, photos as well as concrete and visual poems.
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