Ernst Jandl, born 1925 in Vienna, has published books of poetry "Laut und Luise" (1966), "Der kunstliche Baum" (1970) and "Dingfest" (1973), among others. He received the Georg Trakl Prize for poetry in 1975.
George MacBeth, born 1932, is the author of several book of poetry, the editor of anthologies, and "Talks Producer" for the BBC. He is responsible for the presence of concrete poetry in the BBC's programming.
The 13 radiophonic texts were performed from 11-15 July 1966 in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop under the guidance of George MacBeth, who also provided the introduction to the premiere broadcast on the BBC's "Third Programme" on 13 December, 1966. This selection of the poems from "Laut und Luise" was made by Ernst Jandl. The poet's voice is the sole source of acoustic material, estranged in various ways by technical apparatus, but always in a manner appropriate to the text. The author selected from among the various offerings provided by the virtuosic work of the studio technician.
Hansjorg Schmitthenner of Bavarian Radio recognized in these 13 short audio-texts a possible point of departure for a new radio-play and asked Ernst Jandl and Friederike Mayrocker to create a radio-play that would incorporate the possibilities offered by stereophony, in contrast to the monophonic BBC tape. Thus came about in 1967 "Funf Mann Menschen," which won the Radio-Play Prize of the War Blind and helped bring about the breakthrough of the "Neues Horspiel" (New Radio-Play).
Created 11.-15. July 1966 at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in London. First broadcast by BBC on 13 December 1966
released by arrangement with BBC Records and Tapes
released 07 March 1967
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