7913A - Found Sound

by Bern Porter

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Bern Porter is a concrete poet, literary cartographer, nuclear physicist, publisher, editor of artists' books and cultural journals and a pioneering found-objects artist.

During the height of the Surrealist movement in New York City in the 1930's and later during the San Fransisco Renaissance of the following decade, Bern Porter worked in the fields of both art and science--experimenting, exhibiting, and promoting the work of other artists and writers. He is considered a pioneer of artists books.

Born in 1911 in Porter Settlement, Maine, Bern Porter first worked as a research physicist at the age of 22. As a member of the federal government's Manhattan Project he assisted on the development of the atomic bomb. At the same time he opened the Contemporary Gallery in Sausalito, California in 1942 and published "Berkeley: The Journal of Modern Culture." He is known for having published the first titles of Henry Miller, Kenneth Patchen, Philip Lamantia, Anais Nin, and Kenneth Rexroth.

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released April 21, 1977

Produced by Denis Thalson and Charlie Morrow
Performed by Bern Porter
Insert Design by Mary Nell Hawk
Photograph by Sarah Wells

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AUDIOGRAPHICS was a New Wilderness Foundation project of the 1970s. AUDIOGRAPHICS offered a number of sound artists the opportunity to record a variety of works - experimental and traditional music, poetry, storytelling and other sound and language art - in a professional recording studio. Now, you can stream these AUDIOGRAPHICS releases, here. ... more

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