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1.
The following poems come from the 7 ¼ floppy record borders included in the box bp, published in February 1967 by Coach House Press (Toronto, Ontario). Also included in the box are Journeying & the Returns, a flip-book WILD THING, and Letters Home (14 leaves and a pamphlet in an envelope).

1) Not What the Siren Sang but What the Frag Ment, from borders (1967) (1:27)
2) One Sing, from borders (1967) (0:18)
3) Cycle No. 17, from borders (1967) (0:20)

 

2.
The following poems come from the first side of the phonodisc Motherlove, published in 1968 by Allied Record Corporation (Toronto, Ontario).

1) The Incest Song, from Motherlove (1968) (2:31)
2) Bill Bissett’s Lullaby, from Motherlove (1968) (1:05)
3) A Hum for Stevie Winwood, from Motherlove (1968) (0:46)
4) M.L.’s Dream, from Motherlove (1968) (1:12)
5) Historical Implications of Turnips, from Motherlove (1968) (0:29)
6) Pleasure Sweets, from Motherlove (1968) (4:35)

3.
The following are all of the poems from the rare 60-minute cassette bp Nichol, published in 1971 by High Barnet Company (Toronto, Ontario).

1) Love Poem for Gertrude Stein, bp Nichol (1971) (2:13)
2) Flower Eyes, bp Nichol (1971) (1:37)
3) Son of Sonnet, bp Nichol (1971) (2:52)
4) Clouds / Auguries / Sons and Divinations, bp Nichol (1971) [later appeared in The Martyrology: Book II, Coach House Press 1972] (22:41)
5) Friends as Footnotes, bp Nichol (1971) [later appeared in The Martyrology: Book II, Coach House Press 1972] (13:59)
6) Music, bp Nichol (1971) [later appeared in love: a book of remembrances, Talonbooks 1974] (0:49)
7) A Small Song that is His, bp Nichol (1971) [later appeared in love: a book of remembrances, Talonbooks 1974] (0:42)
8) Clover, bp Nichol (1971) [later appeared in love: a book of remembrances, Talonbooks 1974] (5:16)
9) A Hum for Reub, bp Nichol (1971) (1:05)
10) Hiroshima Mon Amour, bp Nichol (1971) (1:36)
11) Beast (for Hugo Ball), bp Nichol (1971) (6:05)

4.
The following are all of the poems from the split 7” single Appendix, published in 1978 by Black Moss Press (BM 101) (Windsor, Ontario); this was issued as part of Sean O’Huigin’s POE TREE: A Simple Introduction to Experimental Poetry. Recording by R. Hindley-Smith and Starborne Productions.

1) The Child in Me, Appendix (1978) (0:28)
2) Winwood’s Hum, Appendix (1978) (0:28)
3) Flower Eyes, Appendix (1978) (1:06)
4) M.L.’s Dream, Appendix (1978) (1:09)
5) War & Peace, Appendix (1978) (0:17)
6) I’d love just once to see you in the nude (with trumpet concerto), Appendix (1978) (3:19)
7) A Hum for Reub on his 22nd, Appendix (1978) (0:56)


5.
The following are all of the poems from the 60-minute cassette Ear Rational: Sound Poems 1966-1980, published in 1982 by Membrane Press New Fire Tapes (Milwaukee). Note that beside each poem-title is the year in which Nichol composed the piece. Making brief appearances are the voices of Michael Dean, Paul Dutton, Steve McCaffery, David Penhale, Steven Smith (now Steven Ross Smith), and Richard Truhlar (see jwcurry’s “Notes toward a beepliography,” Open Letter 6 th series, No. 5-6: Summer-Fall 1986: 249-270.) Nichol also included a brief statement inside the 5-panel offset lead for the cassette:

“Dada Lama” was recorded at CBC Studios (Toronto) circa 1969. “The Alphabet Game” was recorded at CBC Studios (Toronto) circa 1972. “Acres Rare Meet” was recorded live in Toronto, October 1977. All others were recorded at the studios of T.R.G. January 10, 1982.

“Cosmic Piece for Orchestra & Chorus” is performed by Steve McCaffery (voice & vocorder) & bpNichol (voice & cheap cassette). “Acres Rare Meet” is performed by Michael Dean, Paul Dutton, Steve McCaffery, David Penhale, Steven Smith & Richard Truhlar. The woman's voice on “The Alphabet Game” is that of a friend of the producer who, unfortunately, i have lost all record of. All other voices are my own.

Ear Rational contains all the single voice pieces i composed in the years 1970 thru 1980 other than sections of The Martyrology Bk V & a part of the May Day Book. In addition i have included: a live recording of the only seven voice piece i've done, “Acres Rare Meet”; an alternate version of “Dada Lama,” previously unreleased; the first adequate realization of my composition “Cosmic Piece for Orchestra & Chorus”; & the only remaining unrecorded single voice text from the 60's – “Ballads Of The Restless Are.” In the seventies i put the bulk of my energy in sound into composing for & with the Four Horsemen. In the single voice pieces the interest began to shift toward the more narrative & prose-based concerns evident in the most recent compositions on this tape, “Interrupted Nap” & “Art in Upheaval.” This cassette is dedicated to Steve McCaffery, my partner in the Crimes in both the Toronto Research Group & the Four Horsemen.

-bpNichol, Toronto, January 1982

1) Dada Lama (1966), Ear Rational (1982) (2:12)
2) Pome Poem (1972), Ear Rational (1982) (2:34)
3) 060173 (1973), Ear Rational (1982) (1:06)
4) Eight Part Suite (1972), Ear Rational (1982) (2:11)
5) Cosmic Piece for Orchestra & Chorus (1969), Ear Rational (1982)
6) Art in Upheaval (begun 1979), Ear Rational (1982) (5:36)
7) Generations Generated (1977), Ear Rational (1982) (9:32)
8) Afternoon Attentions (1973), Ear Rational (1982) (1:44)
9) meeln (1973), Ear Rational (1982) (0:23)
10) Acres Rare Meet (1977), Ear Rational (1982) (7:01)
11) Ballads of the Restless Are (1967), Ear Rational (1982) (8:49)
12) White Text Sure: Version I (1978), Ear Rational (1982) (5:29)
13) Outsize Reference (1973), Ear Rational (1982)
14) Translating Translating Apollinaire (1978), Ear Rational (1982) (3:50)
15) The Alphabet Game (1972), Ear Rational (1982) (5:23)
16) Interrupted Nap (1976-80), Ear Rational (1982) (1:55)

6.
The following poems are live solo performances by bpNichol. This material comes from the archives of The Four Horsemen, courtesy Paul Dutton. This first piece was performed with The Four Horsemen during the 99¢ Floating Theatre Festival at the Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh, on November 10th, 1978 (Day 2 of 3).

Probable Systems #8, from The Four Horsemen Archives (8:53)


7.
The following piece was performed with The Four Horsemen at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, on March 5th, 1980.

Four Lives, from The Four Horsemen Archives (7:17)


8.
The following section is divided into eight parts encompassing three different readings bpNichol gave of The Martyrology (Coach House Press, Toronto). The Martyrology is an unfinished long poem written over more than 20 years, from 1967-1988.

The readings include:

  1. a July 8, 1983 day-long reading that consists of six tapes
  2. a July 2, 1987 reading
  3. a June 30, 1987 reading at the Vancouver bookstore, R2B2, in two parts

Except for the last reading, all others were held at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. They were public readings, though connected to English Professor Roy Miki's classes.

1. bpNichol talks about the origins of The Martyrology and reads from Books One through Six, Simon Fraser University, July 8, 1983.

(Recorded by Roy Miki)

1) from Books One and Two (43:19)
2) from Books Two and Three (44:38)
3) from Book Three: Parts V, VI, VII, VIII and Coda (36:14)
4)
from Book Four (41:29)
5) from Book Five: Chains 1, 2 and 7 (44:01)
6) from Books Five and Six: Book of Hours (27:20) Bowering, Thesen and Miki also discuss the connection between bpNichol’s work and the idea of family and the sacred.

2. bpNichol reads from Book Six: “The Grace of the Moment;” explains the structure of Books Six, Seven, and Eight; and reads from Book Six, Book Ten: "St. Anzas," and Book Seven, Simon Fraser University, July 2, 1987.

(Recorded by Roy Miki and Kurtis Vanel, SFU Sound Technician)

7) from Books Six, Seven, and Ten (44:41)

3. bpNichol reads from Book Six at R2B2 Books in Vancouver, BC, June 30, 1987.

(Recorded by Roy Miki)

8) a. Reading "The Hips" from Book Six: Book of Hours (44:39)
8) b. Reading, Pt. II (18:53)


9.
The following pieces were read by bpNichol during the launch in Toronto of Zygal: A Book of Mysteries and Translations (Coach House Press, 1985) on February 20th, 1986.

1) Introduction (1:35)
2) Emblems [appears in Zygal: A Book of Mysteries and Translations (Coach House Press, 1985)] (2:38)
3) Blizzard [appears in Zygal: A Book of Mysteries and Translations (Coach House Press, 1985)] (0:47)
4) For Steve [appears in Zygal: A Book of Mysteries and Translations (Coach House Press, 1985)] (1:46)
5) from Catullus XXVIII [appears in Zygal: A Book of Mysteries and Translations (Coach House Press, 1985)] (1:39)
6) from Catullus LI [appears in Zygal: A Book of Mysteries and Translations (Coach House Press, 1985)] (1:09)
7) Lament [appears in Zygal: A Book of Mysteries and Translations (Coach House Press, 1985)] (1:30)


10.

The following poems were recorded by bpNichol in Torino, Italy, April 1987, and were released as a cassette tape in 1990 as part of Paté de Voix 4 (an imprint of Offerta Speciale, published by Carla Bertola and Alberto Vitacchio). The voices of Carla Bertola and Alberto Vitacchio appear in “And this is what it means when meaning’s over” and, as Bertola and Vitacchio put it, “are there to remember our friendship and love for him.”

1) senza titolo (1987) (1:47)
2) senza titolo (1987) (2:32)
3) And this is what it means when meaning’s over (1987, 1990) (6:50)

 

11.
"First Screening" is a 1984 "computer poem": this streaming Quicktime version is a screen capture of the Applewin emulator version of "First Screening." Freeze-frames from the Quicktime do not always reflect the structure of bpNichol's code. For more information about, and other versions of, this work go to ViSPO. The .mov version was realized in 2007 by Jim Andrews, Geof Huth, Lionel Kearns, Marko Niemi, and Dan Waber. Used with the permission of VISPO.

12. Also of Interest:

bpnichol.ca: an online public archive of the works of bpNichol and his collaborators. Here you will find digitized print materials, photographs, links and eventually video,critical articles and curated exhibitions.

Four Horsemen: tracks from Canadada & Live in the West
Six Fillious Reading at the Ear Inn, February 7, 1979

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—bpNichol PennSound page edited by Lori Emerson

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Thanks to Dennis Tedlock, James H. McNulty Chair, Department of English, University at Buffalo, for assistance with this project

These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author's estate. © 2010 Eleanor Nichol for bpNichol. Used with the permission of Eleanor Nichol. Distributed by PennSound.