"The above-mentioned project introduces some extracts from my phonetic diary of 2012. These extracts are phonetic exercises which have nothing to do with the semantics of language. On one hand it is comparable with desultory text writing in the spirit of the surrealist André Breton, and that instead of using one's own pencil voice. On the other hand, my actions do follow the Dadaistic principle of Raoul Hausmann : "The sound poem happens in the mouth". The phonetic poetry presented here stands on itself as a sound poem, with the sound poem belonging to the genre of poetry, of literature. With other words: as long as we articulate the speech sounds, we remain inside the language, and in her Para-Semantics if she manifests herself even phonetically. Before I start the exercises (I work with the Audacity program), I have no plan of what will happen the next moment and I want to count above all on intuition. This means that I have nothing prescribed, neither a text nor a notation, let alone some thoughts concerning the content. More important to me seems the quality and the form of these nothing but chances, because I work with several tracks of Audacity and while entering the second track I do this without listening to the first track. The aformentioned chances can only arise from this non-plan. The exercises have the length of some minutes; sometimes they are entitled, but mostly I am happy with the date of admission. The sounds dictate the events. They do their autonomous play, go in and out, become plosive, nasal, fricative or vibrant. One can taste the sounds, inhale them, breathe on them or spit and cough them out. In any case, however they move, they preserve their qualities, their playful nature. The sounds are "naked", which means they cannot defend themselves; they are open, have not been solidified, are not in a word organised. To compose sounds and form them artistically was and remains my plan. The order of the exercises, the admissions, is chronologically not important at all. One can mix them like playing cards and form a new composition over and over.
(the original text was translated from German to English by the PROMT translator. I thank her very much.)" --V.S., Berlin 06.03.2013
Valeri Scherstjanoi (°1950) grew up in Krasnodar in the south of the present-day Russian Federation. He is a sound-poet, performer, and graphic artist since 1968. Valeri wrote a number of poetry-books and theoretical texts (his own poetic theory and the practice of Ars Scribendi) and put down his vision on the history of Russian Futurism in books and article contributions in magazines, collections and anthologies. Currently he lives and works in Berlin. http://www.lautland.de/
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