Album Review

Blonk, Jaap – “Flux De Bouche” – [Staalplaat]

Thee Opinataur   4/4/2012   CD, Jazz

Avant Garde sound poet Jaap Blonk covers everything from early Dadaists’ such as Hugo Ball to American minimalist poets including Robert Wilson, in addition to his own pieces. Blonk’s vocals are fascinating whether he is performing in his native Dutch, English, or some other fantasy language. Blonk’s voice box is a remarkable sound instrument in its true raw form. His vocal acrobats are featured in full spectrum which range from pulsating vibrato and sharp staccato to sweet legatos’. The first track is a Hugo Ball poem ‘Sea Horses &Flying Fishes’ and is the very first sound poem Blonk ever recited. Robert Wilson’s ‘DINA SORE’ prose is performed intimately and effortlessly. Highlighting this compilation are Blonk’s first two phonetic studies; ‘Rhotic’ which is his investigation of the “R” and ‘Frictional’, the liner notes for both are visually instructive to follow along with. The final track ‘Brullt’ by Tristan Tzara who’s meaning is “roar” or “scream” is 9 minutes of extreme angst, listener beware who suffers anticipatory anxiety.

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