Wednesday, 17 February 2010

[creative-radio] ethnopoetics : soundings (MP3) Spells and incantations, what we call magic words, the sacred language of paganism

ethnopoetics : soundings


Poems performed are poems sounded, where the sounding by the voice or by
instruments acting as surrogate voices can bring a new sense of
power/empowerment to performers and auditors. The further extensions and
transformations of voice move it closer and closer to "the condition of
music," to the point where words and syntax — the common constituents of
language — are obscured, subordinated, or totally abandoned. The push toward
such a poetry has long been present at the far limits of the modernist
project and with it the recognition of similar processes and works outside
of literature as such. Thus Velimir Khlebnikov, early in the game, with
reference to a traditional Russian poetry equivalent to his newly minted *
zaum* language:

Spells and incantations, what we call magic words, the sacred language of
paganism … are rows of mere syllables which the intellect can make no sense
of, and they form a kind of beyondsense [*zaum*] language in folk speech.
Nevertheless an enormous power over mankind is attributed to these
incomprehensible and magic spells, a direct influence upon the fate of man.
… The magic in a word remains magic even if it is not understood and loses
none of its power. Poems may be understandable or they may not, but they
must be good, they must be truthful. (Translation from the Russian by Paul

Magic, then, is the first key and from this the idea of a special language
or series of languages, extraordinary in their nature and effect, and
uniting the user (through what Malinowski called "the coefficient of
weirdness") with the beings and things he's trying to influence or connect
with for a sharing of power, participation in a life beyond his own, beyond
the human, etc.

The selections presented here will explore a range of such extra-literary
soundworks as caught on audio recordings — both in the sacred/magical
contexts envisioned by Khlebnikov and in areas of free play and secular

RT @mediamentor: Ca Dao: Vietnamese Folk Poems #MP3

RT @mediamentor: Ella Fitzgerald #MP3 lautgedichte or
scat singing "Lady Be Good!" 1957 (Verve / PolyGram)

RT @mediamentor: Canntaireachd #MP3 classical form of
Gaelic bagpipe #music

RT @mediamentor: Maria Sabina #MP3 Mushroom Ceremony of
the #Mazatec #Indians of #Mexico, Folkways Records #indigenous #music + text

RT @mediamentor: Indonesian Ketjack Ramayana Monkey
#Chant #mp3 Performed by more than 200 men seated in tight concentric
circles #music

RT @mediamentor: #Celtic #Mouth #Music (puirt-a-beul) "La Bolduc"? a.k.a. diddling, lilting, jigging,
chin music, cheek music

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


This e-mail service is edited, managed and moderated by
George Lessard

Make a donation via PayPal:

Creative-Radio is an independent forum for people active in or interested in the use of radio in development, in particular promoting public health, improved education, protection of the environment, improved livelihoods, good governance and conflict mitigation. Since it started in 1996, Creative-Radio has been in the forefront of radio's resurgence as a tool for social change and peace-building, and it helps promote best practice in these areas.

Creative-Radio Moderator
Remove _NO_SPAM_ for use

RSS feed:

Change your subscription
- to daily digest mode by sending a blank message to:

- to individual e-mails by sending a blank message to:

- delivery on hold by sending a blank message to

Caveat Lector- Disclaimers, NOTES TO EDITORS
& (c) information may be found @
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Developing Nations license.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Because of the nature of email & the WWW,
please check ALL sources & subjects.
Members who post to this list retain their copyright but grant a non-exclusive license to others to forward any message posted here. They also grant the list owner permission to maintain an archive or approve the archiving of list messages.
Other use of e-mail to this list requires the permission of individual writersYahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> Your email settings:
Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
(Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

Post a Comment