Antonin Artaud's To Have Done With the Judgment of God

by Jaap Blonk

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Prologue 03:43
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Interlude I 01:17
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Black Sun 07:43
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Interlude II 01:39
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Fecality 08:57
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Interlude IV 01:38
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Epilogue 02:49

about

Antonin Artaud recorded “Pour en Finir avec le Jugement de Dieu” (To Have Done With the Judgment of God) between 22 and 29 November 1947. The work was shelved by Wladimir Porché, the director of the French Radio, the day before its scheduled airing on 2 February 1948. The broadcast was prohibited partially as a result of its scatological, anti-American, and anti-religious pronouncements, but also because of its general randomness, with a cacophony of xylophonic and other percussive sounds.
While remaining true to his Theatre of Cruelty and transforming powerful emotions and expressions into audible sounds, Artaud had utilized various alarming cries, screams, grunts, onomatopoeia, and glossolalia.

This new recording aims at faithfully capturing the spirit Artaud intended to convey: the lucidity as well as the powerful emotions. Jaap Blonk performs the complete text, while taking the liberty of inserting more of Artaud’s sound poems and some improvisations. A famous short poem by Artaud was added as an epilogue.

See also my major work on Artaud's sound poetry fragments, a limited edition book/CD with an original drawing: jaapblonk.com/Pages/a_na.html

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released May 15, 2020

Recorded in Arnhem, Netherlands, March 15, 2020
Mixed, mastered and produced by Jaap Blonk for Kontrans Records
Cover image by Jaap Blonk
Graphic design by Melle Hammer

English translation by Clayton Eshleman, published in “Watchfiends & Rack Screams: Works from the Final Period”, Exact Change, 2004. Used by permission.

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