Category Archives: Spoken Word / Dialogue

Gylan Kain, “Silly Shit” – 1970

KAIN - Blue Guerrilla (sleeve recto)

KAIN - Blue Guerrilla (sleeve verso)

KAIN - Blue Guerrilla (label A)

Publisher: Juggernaut Records

Publication Year: 1970

Catalog Number: JUG ST/LP 8805

Format: 12″, 33rpm

Shockingly raw and honest. A spoken word masterpiece by Harlem poet Gylan Kain.


Colonel Robert Dilger, “A-10 Warthog” – circa 1978

Publisher: (private, telephone interview recording)

Publication Year: circa 1978

Catalog Number: NA

Format: 90 Min. Soundcraft Columbia Magnetics, Cassette Tape

This is a fascinating telephone interview with Colonel Robert Dilger concerning the development of the A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog), an Air Force jet designed to provide close air support to ground forces. Colonel Dilger explains in detail the process of designing the Warthog, the 2-ton Gatling gun mounted in the aircraft’s nose, and its 30mm ammunition. Dilger was reportedly instrumental in streamlining the A-10 program and reducing costs significantly.

Dylan Thomas, “A Few Words of a Kind” – 1957

Dylan Thomas - sleeve front (final)

Dylan Thomas - sleeve back (final)

Dylan Thomas - record view (final)

Dylan Thomas - label view (final)

Publisher: Caedmon Records

Publication Year: 1957

Catalog Number: TC-1043

Format: 12 inch, 33rpm

Dylan Thomas discusses his poetry before a group of fans at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on March 7th, 1952. Known as an extremely heavy drinker, Dylan died the following year at the age of 39 after slipping into an alcohol related coma at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan. This recording presents the first 9 minutes of a nearly quarter-hour long introduction. Dylan’s humorously pompous tone is matched only by his ability as a wordsmith and master of alliteration.

Poetry Review

Todd Rundgren & Roger Powell and the Fairlight CMI, AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention 76 – 1984

Todd Rundgren & Roger Powell, Fairlight CMI

Publisher: (private, field recording)

Publication Year: 1984

Catalog Number: NA

Format: 60 Min. Cassette Tape

This cassette-tape field recording was made during the 76th annual AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention, which took place in New York in October of 1984. The first segment captures a short dialogue concerning the capabilities of a curious device called the Monster, which is described as a “Mono Stereo Coherency Evaluator”. The second and third segments capture a demonstration of the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument), a digital sampling synthesizer designed in 1979. The Fairlight had a huge impact on the face of modern music and was used by such stellar artists/groups as Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, New Order, OMD, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Vince Clarke, Brian Eno, etc. The demonstration is given by legendary musician and album producer Todd Rundgren (New York Dolls, Patti Smith, XTC, Psychedelic Furs…), and his collaborator Roger Powell. Some of the highlights of the recording include a sound clip in the style of Rundgren’s then soon to be released album “A Cappella”, which he created using nothing but samples of his own voice; a subversive remix made by sampling the speech of Ronald Reagan from the Reagan/Mondale debate which took place earlier that month; and a clip of the then soon to be released album “Love Bomb” by The Tubes, which Rundgren produced and composed using the Fairlight. If you listen closely before each demonstration you can here the bang and whir of the 7-inch floppy discs as the sample programs are being loaded.