Humanophone

Overview

The poetry in Humanophone celebrates composers and creators such as Harry Partch, Raymond Scott, Leon Theremin, and George Ives, who had to invent new instruments to capture the music heard in their "mind's ear." Taking its title from a George Ives invention - an instrument made from a group of humans, each of whom sings a single note, arrayed like a xylophone - Humanophone appears on its surface to be about music. But its real subject is the artist's creative dilemma - how to deliver a new idea, whether it be a ...
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Overview

The poetry in Humanophone celebrates composers and creators such as Harry Partch, Raymond Scott, Leon Theremin, and George Ives, who had to invent new instruments to capture the music heard in their "mind's ear." Taking its title from a George Ives invention - an instrument made from a group of humans, each of whom sings a single note, arrayed like a xylophone - Humanophone appears on its surface to be about music. But its real subject is the artist's creative dilemma - how to deliver a new idea, whether it be a song or a poem, through existing media.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268030544
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 71
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Whistle 1
Glissando 6
Trappings 7
Saintmaker 9
Prodigy 10
Wrong House 11
Celebration on the Planet Mars 12
Reading Dante 18
Fantasie Metropolitan 20
Accident of Survival 21
Three Performances 23
La Belle Dame sans Merci 25
Mediterranean Cooking for Two 26
Little Elegy for Flute 27
Cold Song 30
Lake Superior, Summer 32
Month After Month 35
Depressive Episode 36
Later, at Mickey's 37
A Shrine 39
Kumquats 40
Birding 42
Theremin 43
Lauds 45
Humanophone 46
Partch Stations 53
Notes 69
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