Recorded live at the Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles, March 23, 2018. Recording by Pauline Gloss. Sound editing by Tom Comitta.
City of Nature is my novel-in-progress that collages together nature descriptions from hundreds of canonical novels. Oscillating between narrative and archive, lyrical excess and data analysis, this book explores ways that nature has buttressed human drama since the beginnings of the novel. This excerpt is from chapter 10, the prairie.
Bill: The Musikill by Fire Drill and Tom Comitta
Beast (for Hugo Ball) by bpNichol
Selections from WARMUP recorded by Mathew Timmons and Ben White for The People Radio (KCHUNG Radio, LA)
The People Radio: Tom Comitta and Suzanne Stein
Selections from Bill: The Musikill
Selected Sound Poems from Recent Readings published by Elective Affinities
“KFCop” (2014); “Singin'” (2014); unauthorized translation of Gerhard Rühm’s “12! Ein Zahlengedicht” (????); and a blend of text from The Happy End of The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s Amerika (2012) and The City of Nature (ongoing).
Portrait of the Artist as an Unborn Child Star by not enough data
A collage of audio books related to childhood and gender. From the Project Gutenberg archive. Live mixed in browser windows.
The Leant Walrus Jolter on calmaplombprombombbalm.com
Audio from this group incantation of The Wall Street Journal. Staged in Union Square, San Francisco on October 11, 2011. Composed and staged with The San Francisco Guerrilla Opera Company (SF Guerrilla Opera).
Howl in Six Voices published by TextSound.org & archived by PennSound
The above audio is track four, “HOWL,” from this album. It contains every word with the letter o in Ginsberg’s “HOWL for Carl Solomon.” Each track of this album erases this poem, each time keeping words of a particular vowel. At the time I called this method “inflationary erasure” because words containing more than one vowel would show up more than once, creating a full erasure album that is longer than the original.