The Voice and its Double
The Voice and its Double

"La structure phonétique de la langue Tchèque"

“La structure phonétique de la langue tchèque” (The Phonetic Structure of the Czech Language) was composed in 1968 by the Czech artist Ladislav Novák (1925–1999) as a contribution to Henri Chopin’s OU. According to Helena Capkova, “[t]he voices reproduce a few Czech jawcrackers or tongue twisters that are composed to create a wonderful sequence”. Forward and reverse tape manipulation enabled Novák to concentrate our attention more on the sensory push and pull of language than on the accumulation of semantic meaning.