Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ubu Web: Sun Ra on WXPN, Christmas Day, 1976

Sun Ra reading his poetry to the accompaniment of the Arkestra.

On Christmas Day 1976, Sun Ra read a selection of his poems accompanied by music on the program "Blue Genesis" over the University of Pennsylvania's radio station WXPN. The choice of poems and their sequencing offers what Sun Ra thought was most important in his writing. Here are key words like "cosmos," "truth," "bad," "myth," and "the impossible,"; attemtion to phonetic equivalence; the universality of the music and its metaphysical status; allusions to black fraternal orders and secret socities; biblical passages and their interpretation; and even a few atuobiographical glmipses. The poems were read softly, with little expressions, the music punctuating the words, with the heavy echo and delay in the studio sometimes reducing the words to pure sound without meaning. -- from "Space is the Place: The Life and Times of Sun Ra" John Szwed.

http://www.ubu.com/sound/ra.html

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