Featured resources

  1. Charles Bernstein -
    St. McC. MP3
  2. Amiri Baraka -
    Against Bourgeois Art MP3
  3. Michael Palmer -
    Lies of the Poem MP3
  4. Henry Hills -
    Money MOV
  5. Barrett Watten -
    "I dreamed of a group of sociable foxes in the basement" MP3
  6. Steve McCaffery -
    The Baker Transformation MP3
  7. Bruce Andrews -
    Feature MP3
  8. Jackson Mac Low -
    Feeling Down Clementi Felt Imposed Upon From Every Direction (HSCH 10) MP3
  9. Ron Silliman -
    Quindecagon MP3
  10. Rod Smith -
    This is Such Total Bullshit MP3
  11. Rachel Blau Duplessis -
    Draft 72: Nanifesto MP3
  12. K. Silem Mohammad -
    Sonnet 154: The little love god lying once asleep MP3

Selected by Brian Ang (read more about his choices here)

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Dan Ochiva: 'Jack and Kate' (1982)

Posted 10/22/2014

Following Monday's new addition from Henry Hills, here's another interesting film just added to PennSound's video holdings: Dan Ochiva's "Jack and Kate." Charles Bernstein introduced the piece yesterday in a Jacket2 commentary post.

Here's Ochiva's description of the film: "The film was shot around 1982, after Richard Foreman had finished [RIchard Foreman's] Strong Medicine, where Kate wore the wedding dress she wore in the film. I didn't edit the two reels together until around 2005, adding found sound and the blue overlay. I was told that Kate and Jack had never met before, and with no script or plan, they began interacting. The film is exactly as shot in camera, without any editing. I used two rolls of Kodak 16mm Tri-X B/W film. It was never exhibited as a film, existing only in this version."


Henry Hills and Sally Silvers: 'Little Lieutenant,' 1994

Posted 10/20/2014

PennSound has been very happy to host work by filmmaker Henry Hills for many years now, and today we've added an exciting 1994 collaboration between Hills and choreographer Sally Silvers, "Little Lieutenant." Here's Hills' summary of the film:

Little Lieutenant is a look back at the late Weimar era with its struggles and celebrations leading up to world war, a period piece. Scored to John Zorn's arrangement of the Kurt Weill song, "Little Lieutenant of the Loving God", and drawing its imagery both from the original song and its somewhat idiosyncratic rearrangement, the film presents an internal reading of Silvers' solo scored to the same musical piece, "Along the Skid Mark of Recorded History". Closely following the Zorn arrangement, the film was storyboarded in 30 scenes (the arrangement changes approximately every 4 measures) and principally shot in a small studio employing rear screen projection, with foreground movement choreographed to interact with the projected imagery which reflects themes apparent in the song and its arrangement (Weimar cabaret scenes, labor footage, empty industrial landscapes, water, slides of moody photographs by James Casebere, a kinescope of Silvers' performance of the solo at the Joyce Theatre, battle newsreels, Walther Ruttmann's film Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and a restructured animation, The Youth Machine). Scenes range through a Citizen Kane-esque pan up a forboding structure, idyllic lovers in both pastoral and industrial settings, labor marches, a lonely walk down a deserted alley, a bar brawl, a Motown-ish girl group, a dream sequence, and a giddy animation, up to the terrors of war and a bittersweet conclusion: an elaborate music video.

To watch this film, and many more Hills works spanning thirty years, visit PennSound's Henry Hills author page.


Newly Added Vintage Segue Sets from Double Happiness and HERE

Posted 10/17/2014

We recently added a number of newly-digitized recordings from the Segue Series' second home, Double Happiness that were made in the late nineties and early oughts. Highlights include John Yau reading in December 2001, Anselm Hollo and Garrett Kalleberg reading in February 1998, Brian Kim Stefans and Joan Retallack reading in January 2002, a trio reading by Jonathan Skinner, Johanna Fuhrman, and Laird Hunt from February 2001, Maggie Nelson and Adeena Carsick reading later that same month, and three events from April 2000 featuring Pattie McCarthy and Heather Ramsdall and Tim Griffin and David Levi Strauss, and Greg Fuchs and Janice Lowe.

As part of the same project, we also digitized two readings from HERE, an alternate venue for the series during its years at the Ear Inn: Yunte Huang and Leslie Scalapino reading in February 1998, and Tom Raworth and Ann Lauterbach reading in October 1997. Follow the individual links above to listen to any and all of these readings.


PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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