Sound Poetry: Vocative Cases

Sound Poetry: Vocative Cases

Explore avant-garde Sound Poetry, as we look for patterns and music in language that are not rooted in syntax.

In this multimedia course, students will consider what is beneath semantic meaning and reach into a primitive ‘chora’ – or pre-language – to create an artform that lies somewhere between poetry and music. 

Sound Poetry lies close not only to avant-garde practices, but also to other kinds of spoken word, such as the methods of vocal expression in the oral and folk traditions; study of these sonic artforms will help you to explore a state that lies before language and give you tools for channelling this into your work. 

Like poets, you will find patterns and repetitions in language that are not rooted in syntax, taking inspiration from artists like Bob Cobbing or Henri Chopin; like musicians, you will also create minimal auditory compositions, in the vein of Reichs or Glass. 

The course will introduce you to modern practitioners and contemporaries, helping you to find your voice, via an ambitious and ground-breaking tuition style that focuses on performance, while your assignments will be submitted in audio or video format. 

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks, starting 6 Oct 2022. Live Chats on fortnightly Thursdays, 7–9 pm (GMT); first Live Chat: 20 Oct 2022. 

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Rhys Trimble View Profile

Rhys Trimble is a bilingual poet, performer, performance artist, text artist, visual artist, musician, editor, critic, and shaman. Interested in avant-garde poetry, art, and music, and its parallels in Welsh/ancient artforms, alongside poetry and visual image as ritual and processual cut-up techniques. He is the author of twelve or more books of poetry and Vispo, and vocalist in the noise punk band Lolfa Binc. 

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