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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pistol Poem (1960) by Brion Gysin

Brion Gysin was a close friend of the beat generation author, William Burroughs. He was also involved in much experimentation with audio, the written word, and visual poetry. In 1960 he recorded his “Pistol Poem” in London for the BBC which had commissioned him to produce some work for broadcast. The recording engineer reportedly almost left the recording session because he said he could feel 'evil' coming from the bizarre “poem” which inter-spliced audio samples of Gysin reciting number counts with gunshots.

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