Poem (For Voice & Tape) LP

Graham Lambkin



Graham Lambkin’s first solo release, and the premiere record of his then newly-formed label Kye, Poem (For Voice & Tape) (Kye, 2001) captures his Shadow Ring bandmate, Tim Goss, as he recites verses of his own poetry. Pitched against the steady trickle of Lambkin’s shower faucet (a nod to field recording artist Moniek Darge’s “Rain”) and a low, persistent drone, Goss’s voice is slowed, warped, and stretched. With this simple manipulation, Lambkin unravels the human voice, pushing language to a point beyond legibility.

Graham Lambkin (b. 1973, Dover, England) is a multidisciplinary artist who first came to prominence in the early ‘90s through the formation of his experimental music group The Shadow Ring. As a sound organizer rather than music maker, Lambkin looks at an everyday object and sees an ocean of possibility, continually transforming quotidian atmospheres and the mundane into expressive sound art using tape manipulation techniques, chance operations, and the thick ambience of domestic field recordings. His Kye imprint, founded in 2001, was an instrumental platform for the dissemination of and dialogue between work by an intergenerational cast of artists using sound, including Henning Christiansen, Anton Heyboer, Moniek Darge, and Gabi Losoncy. He began showing his visual art in 2014 with “Came To Call Mine,” an exhibition curated by Lawrence Kumpf and Justin Luke at Audio Visual Arts in conjunction with the publication of Lambkin’s children’s book (for adults) of the same name, and has since exhibited his work at 356 Mission, Künstlerhaus, PiK, and Blank Forms.

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