Various Artists

One Word One Sound

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For this project produced by Bayerischer Rundfunk/Hörspiel und Medienkunst, each participating artist was given samples of a word and a sound. The word comes from the recording of an author reading his or her work. The sound is a short sample of a sheet of paper being rubbed, torn, folded, or manipulated in some other way. Each artist had the obligation to use both samples, but was free as to how to dress them up or what importance to give them in their composition. The CD is structured so that odd tracks contain the supplied samples and even tracks are the resulting works. Sparks' "Kakadu" (words spoken by Richard Huelsenbeck) is a catchy tune that also includes a reading of the letter he received from the producers along with his samples -- he decided to use all the "supplied material," tongue in cheek. Alexander Hacke's "Wendekreis" (word spoken by Raoul Schrott) moves deeper into experimental clicks & cuts. FX Randomizer, Peter Rehberg (Pita), and Kid 606 all created interesting pieces that make intelligent use of the constraints while sticking to their respective grounds. The big disappointment comes from Merzbow. His "Waiting" (words spoken by Robert Lax) is trivial at best. The word is put through vari-speed effects; the sheets of noise could have been made by a third-grade imitator. But don't let this turn you away from One Word One Sound. As far as radio art concepts go, this is a good one.