Fear of music : sounded poetry and the poetry soundtrack

McCooey, David 2012, Fear of music : sounded poetry and the poetry soundtrack, Axon : creative explorations, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 1-16.

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Title Fear of music : sounded poetry and the poetry soundtrack
Author(s) McCooey, David
Journal name Axon : creative explorations
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher University of Canberra
Place of publication Canberra, A. C. T.
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 1838-8973
Keyword(s) sounded poetry
digital audio production
adaptation
literature and music
sound poetry
poetry soundtrack
Summary This essay proposes the term ‘poetry soundtrack’ for a form of sounded poetry that I have been practising for some years (examples of which can be found in this issue of Axon). The poetry soundtrack is a sonic object made up of original poetry, music, and sound design. Such a form is now being produced—under various names—by numerous poets, thanks to the development of the Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW). In my essay, I argue that the poetry soundtrack has occupied an aesthetic no man’s land between avant-garde ‘sound poetry’ and documentary-style recordings of poetry readings. I propose that a general ‘fear of music’ has led critics to favour such forms, and concomitantly to ignore musico-poetic forms of sounded poetry. In addition, I analyse the ‘digital poetics’ that can be found in producing sounded poetry with a DAW, especially with regard to the ‘vocal staging’ that such technology can produce in the poetry soundtrack.
Language eng
Field of Research 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049985

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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