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Old 29-07-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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[Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Hey IDMf,

Anyone got any good tips on people mixing spoken word poetry and electronic music. Not necessarily beat-oriented/hip-hop ish stuff, but that's good too.

For ages I've been sitting on a project like this, I'm looking for some inspiration and ideas from what people have done in the past. My only frame of reference is one William S. Burroughs record and "American Prayer" by the doors (and neither of those are especially "electronic" in the way I'm meaning to work).

I know a few people on here recommended me some stuff ages ago, but I can't find any traces of those links and everything on Sound Cloud is, well, quite terrible (at least the spoken word part is anyway).

Thanks in Advance.

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Old 29-07-2013, 08:18 PM   #2
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Interesting. This is actually sort of what I've done in the last few days as an extension of a track I did a little while ago called Light Blue Touch Paper. Maybe I'll post it up in LB instead of just posting the lyrics like I did last night

Its not poetry though, not even particularly clever lyrically and a work in progress that's way far from finished production-wise.

There was a UK outfit a few years ago that did a lot of poetry over electronic music and had substantial success. Bugging the crap out of me trying to remember their name.

EDIT: Faithless. That was their name.

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Old 29-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

@Strecogburn thanks very much, man! I'll check them out. I'd like to hear your track as well, LB, PM me...whatever : )

I've been meaning to do this for years as it's one of the two main reasons I decided to go down this path after grad school instead of pursuing getting published.

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Old 29-07-2013, 08:27 PM   #4
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@Strecogburn thanks very much, man! I'll check them out. I'd like to hear your track as well, LB, PM me...whatever : )

I've been meaning to do this for years as it's one of the two main reasons I decided to go down this path after grad school instead of pursuing getting published.

PM me an email addy. I'm done gaming for the moment and in music mode. I'll fill your ears with horror

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Old 29-07-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

The band Autism released an instrumental album with spoken bits from The Crawling Chaos of H.P. Lovecraft.
It's post-rock so I'm not sure if it's your cup of tea, but you might still find it interesting
http://autism.bandcamp.com/album/the-crawling-chaos

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Old 29-07-2013, 09:23 PM   #6
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

I have just the thing for you, if you like a sort of darkwavy-electronic fusion of sorts with spoken word poetry. If you haven't heard it, listen to Prurient's album Bermuda Drain. I know you might be thinking, 'Isn't that guy a noise guy?", and the answer is yes... up until this album:

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Old 29-07-2013, 09:28 PM   #7
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

@Inertia and Kvlt )))0 Thank you! I'll check out both of them. Really at this point I'm looking for any frame of reference on what has been done, is possible, etc.

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Old 29-07-2013, 10:24 PM   #8
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Farewell Poetry is kind of what you're after, but it's less electronic and more post-rock


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Old 29-07-2013, 10:41 PM   #9
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Oh also, check out this piece of awesome. I posted about it before but here it is again:



Its more experimenting with spoken word as sound rather than poetry but I love it.

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Old 29-07-2013, 10:43 PM   #10
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Keep 'em coming guys, I'm going to spend an hour or so with a beer listening to these after dinner.

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Old 29-07-2013, 10:54 PM   #11
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Altered Statesmen

http://deadvoicesonair.bandcamp.com/...ered-statesmen

The album gets more and more spoken-wordish as you go along.
A lot of the tracks are reprisings of Jared's older work.
There are a lot of references to decaying NYC crusties/protohipsters/decay, which just tickles me in a special way.
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Old 30-07-2013, 12:41 PM   #12
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Oh yeah, add to that The Golden Palominos - Dead Inside, which prominently features Nicole Blackman (she did the spoken word vocals for KMFDM's Dogma).
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Old 30-07-2013, 01:39 PM   #13
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

The album Pariah by Testing Vault is a great mix of electronics and spoken word, Borroughs influence is quite obvious on this work.

http://testingvault.bandcamp.com/album/pariah

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Old 30-07-2013, 02:42 PM   #14
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

I've listened to most of these, thanks so much. So far this has been fantastic. Even the post rock (or whatever) stuff has been great frame of reference for what folks are doing. : )

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Old 30-07-2013, 05:49 PM   #15
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Brian Eno did a spoken word album quite recently, The Drums Between the Bells:


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Old 30-07-2013, 06:07 PM   #16
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Various Production did an album with spoken word called the Invisible Lodger.

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Old 30-07-2013, 07:13 PM   #17
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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Well after all this response I'm going to have to put up or shut up...once I clear my plate, spoken word project is a go!

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Re: [Recommendations]Spoken Word Poetry + Electronic Muisc?

Stephan Mathieu and Sylvain Chauveau did a great ambient/textural soundscape meets poetry album called Palimpsest.

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Stephan Mathieu and Sylvain Chauveau did a great ambient/textural soundscape meets poetry album called Palimpsest.
I was hoping you'd wander by this thread as I think you pointed me towards these fellows before

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Really anything Stephan Mathieu touches is gold

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