Phonosensitivity, consists of 10 sound poems produced by noted Italian sound poet, scholar, and sound poetry archivist Enzo Minarelli between 1979 and 1987, and never before released.
To quote from Minarelli’s liner notes:
Phonosensitivity is a neologism I found in a visual text probably written in the late Sixties, but issued only in 1996, by Emilio Villa, a great Italian scholar and artist. The sensibility of the sound, the sensibility of the phonemes, the sensibility of the words - all perfectly fit my works of those years when I was moving my own way among the already marked lines of historical sound poetry.
All the pieces are unpublished; they belong to the decade—end of the Seventies to the end of the Eighties—when analogical recording systems still ruled.
Since the early 1970s, Enzo Minarelli has been developing his multiple activities, starting from the written word, which will become related to orality, visuality, performance and television. He has been active in the field of linear and visual poetry, creating several one-man shows and also editing records, CDs and DVDs. He is the theorist of Polypoetry (his manifesto came out in Valencia in 1987), stating the spectacular event of sound poetry; he has been performing nationally and abroad. He was the publisher of the vinyl series 3ViTre Records, producing about twenty records both as 45s and LPs, and founding the 3ViTre Archive of Polypoetry which has been collecting verbo-voco-visual materials. A scholar and researcher about orality and poetry, his essays and books are well-known reference sources. His sound and visual works are gathered in the collections of museum, libraries and archives. As a video-poet, he has produced many video-poems since the early 1980s. (Visit his website www.3vitre.it)