Brion Gysin

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Brion Gysin (January 19, 1916 in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK - July 13, 1986 in Paris, France) was a writer and painter.
He is best known for his rediscovery of Tristan Tzara's cut-up technique while cutting through a newspaper upon which he was trimming some mats. He shared his discovery with his friend William S. Burroughs, who subsequently put the cut-up technique to good use and dramatically changed the landscape of American literature.
Educated in England, at Downside College (1932-34), he moved to Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne. Among those he met at this time are renowned members of the Surrealist group, including Max Ernst, Salvador and Gala Dali and Picasso. Gysin’s work was included in the Surrealist Drawings exhibition in Paris in 1935 (Galerie Quatre).
He first visited the Algerian Sahara in 1938, a journey that was to have a deep and lasting influence on his life. Equally significant to the form of his later giant landscape paintings were the years he spent in New York working as assistant to Broadway stage designer Irene Sharaff (1940-43). In 1953, having returned to North Africa, Gysin opened the Thousand and One Nights restaurant, where the Master Musicians of Joujouka played an ‘extended residency’.
Gysin altered the cut-up technique to produce what he called permutation poems in which a single phrase was repeated several times, with the words rearranged in a different order with each reiteration. Many of these permutations were derived using a random sequence generator in an early computer program written by Ian Sommerville.
He also experimented with permutation on recording tape, by splicing together the sounds of a gun firing recorded at different amplitudes in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop thus producing 'Pistol Poem.' The piece was subsequently used as a theme in 1960 for the performance in Paris of Le Domaine Poetique, a showcase for experimental works by people like Gysin, Françoise Dufrêne, Bernard Heidsieck, and Henri Chopin.
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S Press 32 Brion Gysin - The Brion Gysin Show - "Where Is That Word?" album art Brion Gysin The Brion Gysin Show - "Where Is That Word?"(Cass, S/Sided, Mono, C45) Edition S Press S Press 32 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
1985/86 Brion Gysin - Songs album art Steve Lacy, Brion Gysin Steve Lacy, Brion Gysin - Songs (Single, Album) hat ART 1985/86 Switzerland 1981 Sell This Version
hat MUSICS 3504 Brion Gysin - Orgy Boys album art Brion Gysin Orgy Boys (Album) hat MUSICS hat MUSICS 3504 Switzerland 1982 Sell This Version
MOS 006 Brion Gysin - Brion Gysin / Polo Lombardo album art Ramuntcho Matta Presents Brion Gysin / Polo Lombardo Ramuntcho Matta Presents Brion Gysin / Polo Lombardo - Brion Gysin / Polo Lombardo(LP, Album) Mosquito (2) MOS 006 France 1985 Sell This Version
MTM 33 CD Brion Gysin - Self-Portrait Jumping album art Brion Gysin Self-Portrait Jumping(CD, Album) Made To Measure MTM 33 CD Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
PER 004 Brion Gysin - Recordings 1960-81 album art Brion Gysin Recordings 1960-81(CD, Album) Perdition Plastics PER 004 US 1995 Sell This Version
plana-G 8VocSon021 Brion Gysin - Poems Of Poems album art Brion Gysin Poems Of Poems(LP, Ltd) Alga Marghen plana-G 8VocSon021 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
plana-G 7NMN.024 Brion Gysin - The Pool K III album art Brion Gysin The Pool K III(CD, Album) Alga Marghen plana-G 7NMN.024 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
SR142 Brion Gysin - One Night @ The 1001 Vol: 1 album art Brion Gysin One Night @ The 1001 Vol: 1 (Album) Sub Rosa SR142 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
ALGA 012 Brion Gysin - Bruits Du Beaubourg album art Brion Gysin Bruits Du Beaubourg(LP) Alga Marghen ALGA 012 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
SR 247 Brion Gysin - Live In London 1982 album art Brion Gysin Live In London 1982(CD, Album) Sub Rosa SR 247 Belgium 2007 Sell This Version
NSACD 111 Brion Gysin - The Spoken Word album art William S Burroughs* And Brion Gysin William S Burroughs* And Brion Gysin - The Spoken Word (Album) British Library NSACD 111 UK 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

8900 Brion Gysin - Kick / Junk album art Brion Gysin Kick / Junk(7", Single) Mosquito (2) 8900 France 1983 Sell This Version

Videos

none Brion Gysin - Thee Films 1950's ~ 1960's album art W.S. Burroughs*, Brion Gysin, Ian Somerville* W.S. Burroughs*, Brion Gysin, Ian Somerville* - Thee Films 1950's ~ 1960's Temple Records none Germany 1988 Sell This Version
none Brion Gysin - Ghosts At No. 9 / Towers Open Fire album art W.S. Burroughs*, Brion Gysin, Ian Somerville* W.S. Burroughs*, Brion Gysin, Ian Somerville* - Ghosts At No. 9 / Towers Open Fire(VHS, NTSC) Fresh Video none US 1988 Sell This Version
TMSD-168 Brion Gysin - The Final Academy Documents album art William S. Burroughs, Antony Balch, Brion Gysin, John Giorno William S. Burroughs, Antony Balch, Brion Gysin, John Giorno - The Final Academy Documents Transformer (3) TMSD-168 Japan 2002 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

CS 006, cs oosix Brion Gysin - Interviews + Readings album art Gysin* / Burroughs* / P.Orridge* Gysin* / Burroughs* / P.Orridge* - Interviews + Readings(Cass, Ltd, C90) Cold Spring, Cold Spring CS 006, cs oosix UK 1989 Sell This Version
none Brion Gysin - Back In No Time album art Brion Gysin Back In No Time(2xCass, Ltd, RE) Sloow Tapes none Belgium 2014 Sell This Version