Ear to Ear: Phil Kline

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Phil Kline marries modern technology to traditional acoustics with a flair, creating sound sculptures like the cult holiday tradition for multiple boomboxes, "Unsilent Night." The composer's 2004 release for the Cantaloupe label, "Zippo Songs," received international praise for its frank treatment of texts by Vietnam veterans — juxtaposed with the "Rumsfeld Songs," a wry setting of quotes from the former Defense Secretary.

Phil Kline's website
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Comments [6]

Natali from NJ

You are so kind to respond to my post. I tuned in part way into your interview and managed to miss the title of the book. I was able to find a copy on in English. Sadly I can’t read French.

Thanks again,

Jan. 04 2009 09:33 PM
Phil Kline from NYC

The book is "Locus Solus" by Raymond Roussel. It seems like a cosmic joke on the part of the author that Locus Solus (which means "only place") is always hard to find. I don't know if there is an English version in print right now, but I found one at at St. Mark's Books about two years ago.
If you read French, the original version may be somewhat easier to find, and it includes all the obscure word games that are inevitably lost in translation.

Jan. 04 2009 07:12 PM
Natali from NJ

Great interview.
I am very interested in the book that Mr. Kline referenced when he was talking about Locus Solus. Does anyone remember the name of the book?

Jan. 04 2009 02:18 PM
Josh Adler from Brooklyn

Hi Phil! We worked together on Zippo Songs at HERE. Just wanted to ask-- Are you working on any other projects that include theatrical elements?

Best in 2009!

Jan. 03 2009 08:57 PM
Alison from Upper West Side

Loving Phil Kline's - WOW! Thanks so much for having him on and sharing a bit about his composition strategies and influences with us.

Jan. 03 2009 08:51 PM
Ed from Brooklyn

To be sure, it sounds like much of your work has a phenomenal performative experience, but have performance artists ever played a part in the presentation of your musical experiments?

Jan. 03 2009 08:38 PM

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