Henri Chopin

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This French avant-garde sound poet worked on the fringes of art and experimental music from the '60s through to the '80s. Utilizing his voice as a primary sound source, he constructed collages of distortions of the human voice, using analog tape machines to create loops and pitch shifts, resulting in bizarre collages of concrete noise and physicality. This archival recording issued in 1999 on the Italian Nepless label is aesthetically akin to the classical electro-acoustic sound of Xenakis and Bernard Parmegiann, though more improvisational and playful than either. Henri Chopin is considered one of the most important artists in the sound poetry movement, alongside Bernhard Heidsick, Ake Hodell, and many of the artists represented on the Algamarghen label. This pioneering work came out of the Fluxus art movement and spawned many obscure recordings. These works would take at least until the '90s to be recognized as musical; before then, they had been relegated to the obscure dark corners of the art world. If not entirely fascinating for what it is, the quality of the work on this disc makes it a vital and important document in the history of avant-garde music.