Dutch sound artist Jaap Blonk combines sound and poetry at Kelly Writers House

The Daily Pennsylvanian
October 14, 2013

Self-taught Dutch composer, poet and sound artist Jaap Blonk took the Kelly Writers House on a sonic adventure last night, performing a number of historical and self-composed sound poems.

Sound poetry is an eclectic blend of musical composition using the phonetic components of speech, with less consideration for semantics than in more traditional poetry. Though the genre has been around since the 20th century, Blonk has been contributing to the growth and development of sound poetry by using more contemporary media forms and pre-recorded sounds.

Blonk was brought to campus by fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in English Danny Snelson.

“The world of experimental poetry is rather small, and it’s not hard to get in contact with someone you admire” he added.

Blonk opened his performance with a selection of what he called “historical” sound poems, the first of which was titled “The Ringing of the Bells of the Spirit.”

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