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Tango with Cows | Танго с коровами:
Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-1917
Русское авангардное книжное искусство, 1910-1917



Image of "Haulhorsies" (Kruchenykh, 1913) from Getty slideshow of Explodity (1913)

PennSound is especially pleased to present a remarkable archive of audio files accompanying the exhibition "Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde 1910-1917," held at the Getty Research Institute from November 18, 2008 to April 19, 2009. In addition to a full set of recordings of highlights from the books on display in the exhibition, we present the recordings from Explodity: An Evening of Sound Poetry held at The Getty Center on February 4, 2009. Additional media, including images of the books and video footage of the performances, can be found at the Getty Research Institute website here.


Most accessible site for facsimiles, transliterartion, and audio from from Getty and Nancy Perloff here


Threesome (Troe), cover by Malevich, 1913

Tango with Cows | Танго с коровами

Selections from the exhibition read by Oleg Minin, PhD, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California

  1. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Akhmet” / «Ахмет» 0:51 : MP3
  2. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Zabyl povesitsia” / «Забыл повеситься» (Forgot to hang myself) 0:42 : MP3
  3. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Pugal' pistolet” / «Пугаль пистолет» (Scaredity pistol) 0:31 : MP3
  4. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Vzorval'...” / «Взорваль» (Explodity...) 0:39 : MP3
  5. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Pugal' k ustam” / «Пугаль к устам» (Gun to the mouth) 0:35 : MP3
  6. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Tyanutkoni” / «Тянут кони» (Haulhorsies) 1:04 : MP3
  7. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Tyanut konei” / «Тянут коней» (They haul horsies) 1:07 : MP3
  8. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Esli by toshnila” / «Если бы тошнился» (If you were puking) 0:48 : MP3
  9. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - «Три стихотворения» из «Помада» (Three poems) from Pomada 2:19 : MP3
  10. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - «Три стихотворения» из «Те ли ли» (Three poems) from Te li le 1:37 : MP3
  11. Velimir Khlebnikov—Велимир Хлебников - “Nash kochen’ ochen’ ozabochen” / «Наш кочень очень озобочен» (Let us all be heads of lettuce) 0:32 : MP3
  12. Velimir Khlebnikov—Велимир Хлебников - «Бо бэ о би» / “Bo beh oh bee” 1:23 : MP3
  13. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - отрывок из «Заумная гнига» / Excerpt from Zaumnaia gniga (Transrational boog) 2:37 : MP3
  14. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Kushai, khudogi” / «Кушай, худоги» (Eat Artniks) 0:49 : MP3
  15. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Gud paravoza” / «Гуд паравоза» (Drone of the enjin) 0:51 x : MP3
  16. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Bessmert’e” / «Безмертье» (Immortality) 0:36 x : MP3
  17. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Shocratez” / «Шократез» 0:41 x : MP3
  18. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Ostryzhka” / «Острыжка» (Sbelching) 0:47 x : MP3
  19. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Kho Bo Ro” / «Хо бо ро» 0:26 x : MP3
  20. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Upacha chume” / «Упаче чуме» 0:25 x : MP3
  21. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Iskarioty vy nikudy” / «Искариоты вы никуды» (Iscariots you good for nothing) 1:13 x : MP3
  22. Velimir Khlebnikov—Велимир Хлебников - “Zakliatie smekhom” / «Заклятие смехом» (Incantation by Laughter) 1:57 : MP3
  23. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - “Vysoty” (Heights) / «Высоты» 0:52 : MP3
  24. Alexei Kruchenykh—Алексей Кручёных - отрывок из «Победа над солнцом» / Excerpt from Pobeda nad solntsem (Victory over the sun) 2:47 : MP3
  25. Pavel Filonov—Павел Филонов - отрывок из «Пропевень о проросли мировой» / Excerpt from Propeven’ o prorosli mirovoi (A Chant of Universal Flowering) 1:06 : MP3
  26. Velimir Khlebnikov—Велимир Хлебников - отрывок из «Деревянные идолы» / Excerpt from Derevyannye idoly (Wooden Idols) 0:29 x : MP3
  27. Velimir Khlebnikov—Велимир Хлебников - “Kuznechik” / «Кузнечик» (Grasshopper) 0:32 x : MP3
  28. Alexei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov—Алексей Кручёных и Велимир Хлебников - отрывок из «Игра в аду» / Excerpt from Igra v adu (A Game in Hell) 1:15 : MP3
  29. Alexei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov—Алексей Кручёных и Велимир Хлебников - отрывок из «Игра в аду» / Excerpt from Igra v adu (A Game in Hell) 1:23 : MP3
  30. Alexei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov—Алексей Кручёных и Велимир Хлебников - отрывок из «Игра в аду» / Excerpt from Igra v adu (A Game in Hell) 1:15 : MP3
  31. Alexei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov—Алексей Кручёных и Велимир Хлебников - отрывок из «Игра в аду» / Excerpt from Igra v adu (A Game in Hell) 0:38 : MP3
('x' indicates that the recording was not in the exhibition)



Explodity: An Evening of Transrational Sound Poetry | Взорваль: вечер трансрациональная звуковая поэзии



Wednesday, February 4, 2009

By invoking the revolutionary zaum' (transrational) poetry of the Russian avant-garde – as exemplified by the great poets Velimir Khlebnikov and Alexei Kruchenykh – this evening's performance explores the link between early sound experiments and what came to be known, in the post-World War II era, as sound poetry – a movement very much alive today. (from the Getty's Explodity page, where you can find video documentation of these readings and much more)

PART I: RUSSIAN ZAUM' | ПЕРВАЯ ЧАСТЬ: РУССКИЙ ЗАУМЬ

  1. Welcome by Nancy Perloff, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute (3:46): MP3
  2. Introduction by Gerald Janecek, Professor of Russian, University of Kentucky (8:57): MP3

  3. Velimir Khlebnikov's Word Transformations
    With Oleg Minin and Christian Bök

  4. (Boh-beh-o-bee is the lipsong) / «Бобэоби пелись губы», 1914 (1:21) : MP3
  5. "Kuznechik" (Grasshopper) / «Кузнечик», 1908–1909 (1:07) : MP3
  6. "Nash kochen' ochen' ozabochen" (Let us all be heads of lettuce) / «Наш кочень очень озобочен», 1914 (1:02) : MP3
  7. "Zakliatie smekhom" (Incantation by laughter) / «Заклятие смехом», 1910 (3:01) : MP3
  8. Pavel Filonov - Excerpt from "Propeven' o prorosli mirovoi" (Chant of universal flowering) / Павел Филонов - отрывок из «Пропевень о проросли мировой», 1915 (1:26) : MP3

  9. Alexei Kruchenykh's Alogical Poetry
    With Oleg Minin and Allison Pultz (Introduction by Gerald Janecek)

  10. "Akhmet" / «Ахмет», 1912 (1:13) : MP3
  11. "Tyanutkoni" (Haulhorsies) / «Тянут кони», 1913 (1:02) : MP3
  12. "Tyanutkonei" (They Haulhorsies) / «Тянут коней», 1913 (0:58) : MP3
  13. "Zabyl povesitsia" (Forgot to hang myself), «Забыл повеситься», 1913 (0:39) : MP3
  14. "Vzorval' ognia pechal' " (Explodity of fire sorrow) / «Взорваль огня печаль», 1913 (0:35) : MP3
  15. "Pugal' pistolet" (Scaredity pistol) / «Пугаль пистолет», 1913 (0:39) : MP3

  16. Khlebnikov and Kruchenykh's "Beyonsense"
    With Oleg Minin and Steve McCaffery

  17. Introduction by Gerald Janecek (1:16) : MP3
  18. "Rusakli poiut" (The mermaids sing), excerpt from Dereviannye idoly (Wooden idols) / «Русалки поют», отрывок из «Деревянные идолы», 1915 (0:50) : MP3
  19. "Bezsmert'e" (Immortality) / «Безмертье», 1917 (0:44) : MP3
  20. "Shchiusel' biuzi niabe" / «Щюсель бюзи нябе», 1915 (2:03) : MP3
  21. "Vysoty: Vselenskij yazyk" (Heights: Universal language) / «Высоты: всекенский язык» 1914 (1:37) : MP3
  22. "Dyr bul shchyl" with the poet's introduction, / «Дыр бул щыл», с введением поэта, 1913 (1:32) : MP3

PART II: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY SOUND POETRY

Steve McCaffery, David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, University at Buffalo

  • Introduction by Nancy Perloff (1:21) : MP3

  • Historic Repertoire
  • "The Birds" by Aristophanes / «Птицы» Аристофана, 360 BCE (1:28) : MP3
  • "Sound-Rel" by Raoul Hausmann / «Звук-Рел» Рауля Хаусмана, 1919 (1:50) : MP3
  • "Le bonbon" by Robert Desnos / «Ле Бонбон» Роберта Десноса, 1923 (0:48) : MP3
  • "Epithalame" by Clement Swenssen, 1947 (1:14) : MP3
  • Excerpt from "Jappements à la lune" by Claude Gauvreau, 1982 (1:30) : MP3

  • Personal Repertoire
  • "Cappucino: a Suffix Structure" (2:55) : MP3
  • "This Face of Mine Enemy" (2:22) : MP3
  • Zaum' Acrostic for Marjorie Perloff (5:29) : MP3
  • On a line of Artaud's (3:08) : MP3

  • Christian Bök, Professor of English, University of Calgary

  • Introduction by Nancy Perloff (1:02) : MP3

  • Historic Repertoire
  • Excerpt from "Dunes" (French Version) by F. T. Marinetti, 1914 (4:02) : MP3
  • "Seepferdchen und Flugfische" by Hugo Ball, 1916 (1:20) : MP3
  • "Karawane" by Hugo Ball, 1916 (0:55) : MP3
  • "Totenklage" by Hugo Ball, 1916 (1:58) : MP3
  • Excerpt from the First Movement of Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters, 1922–1932 (4:40) : MP3
  • "Aria of the Three-Horned Enemy" from The Princess of the Stars by R. Murray Schafer, 1981 (3:31) : MP3

  • Personal Repertoire
  • "Valuvula" (2:01) : MP3
  • "Noyta CCCP" (1;12) : MP3
  • "The Doomsday Song (for Friedrich Nietzsche on the Death of Superman)" (1:15) : MP3
  • Excerpt from "Mushroom Clouds" in The Cyborg Opera (2:18) : MP3
  • Excerpt from "Synth Loops" in The Cyborg Opera (1:58) : MP3
  • "Ubu Hubbub" (3:47) : MP3
  • Tango with Cows on PennSound Daily


    See also Ubu's Futurism page.

    This PennSound resource edited by Danny Snelson in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute. Special thanks to Nancy Perloff, Evelyn Sen, and Beth Brett. © 2009 J. Paul Getty Trust. These recordings are made available strictly for noncommercial and educational use through PennSound. All rights to this recorded material belong to the J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Distributed by PennSound.