Mackey (With & Without Music) + Song of the Andoumboulou


As I mentioned in the Baraka post, when I heard Mackey’s live reading on PENNsound of “Song of the Andoumboulou: 19” I had another version in my memory that included music.

1) This is the live PENNsound recording: Mackey’s “Song of the Andoumboulou: 19” without music

2) This version is from Mackey’s studio recording “Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25”. SPD lists the CD as “temporarily out of stock” which might mean the CD is sold out. Hopefully more are on the way. If you can find a copy you should buy it. It’s an incredible recording: Mackey’s “Song of the Andoumboulou: 19″ accompanied by Hafez Modirzadeh and Royal Hartigan

Mackey’s ongoing sequence “Song of the Andoumboulou” takes its title from a Dogon funeral song. This is a 1956 recording of a Dogon performance of the Song of the Andoumboulou: Song of the Andoumboulou

Near the end of the recording, as the pitch from a horn wavers up and down, the sound enacts an ambiguity between a human shout and the sound of a musical instrument: clip of horn blasts from Song of the Andoumboulou

The slide between speech, song, and noise is a dynamic Mackey seems to continually explore.

Try listening to the live recording (#1) and the Dogon funeral song simultaneously.
Try listening to both versions of “Song of the Andoumboulou: 19” simultaneously.

I find that by doing overlapping listenings with different performances of the same poem I can really tune into all kinds of micro level tonal shifts. If you are interested in trying to do an overlapped listening, the version with music begins at 30 seconds and the live version begins at 3 seconds. You can move the progress bar in the audio application to each of those times while the recording is paused, then you can click play on both as quickly as possible when they’re ready.


3 Responses to “Mackey (With & Without Music) + Song of the Andoumboulou”

  1. 1 Natalie


    Just wanted to thank you for the information posted re: Mackey and “Andoumboulu.” I am a graduate student and am rapidly getting obsessed with Mackey’s work. I tried the listening overlaps you mentioned as well, which enriched my understanding and were gorgeous.

    • Hi Natalie!

      I’m glad you liked the links and Mackey info. I love his writing. Thanks for the note! Take care, Eric

  2. awesome! thanks

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