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  Brion Gysin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brion Gysin (January 19, 1916 - July 13, 1986) was a writer and painter.
Gysin helped Burroughs with the editing of several of his novels, and wrote a script for a film version of Naked Lunch which was never produced.
A consummate innovator, 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.
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 Knitting Circle Brion Gysin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Brion Gysin was born in Taplow House, but after nine months his mother took him to New York to stay with one of her sisters.
Brion Gysin employed the Master Musicians of Jajouka through whom he encountered "the magic and mystery of the Moors".
Brion Gysin used projections to produced light shows, and he worked with the mathematician Ian Sommerville to make Dreamachine which had light flashes complementing the alpha rhythms of the brain.
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 Brion Gysin
Brion Gysin (1916–1986) was a multifaceted artist whose fertile mind and wide range of original ideas were a source of inspiration for artists of the Beat Generation in Paris, as well as to innovative artists and performers such as David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Keith Haring, and Laurie Anderson in the next generation.
Painter, writer, sound poet, tape composer, lyricist, and performance artist, Gysin is remembered particularly for his evocative paintings of the North African desert in the 1950s and his original calligraphic abstractions based on Japanese and Arabic scripts.
The chance discovery by Gysin of the cut-up technique (later developed and refined by William S. Burroughs) and the concept of permutated poems gave rise to new and original forms of sound art wordplay, striking not only in print but also in recordings or live performance.
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 RetortMagazine.com | Issue9 Extra - A review of Gysin's Who Runs May Read by Robert Lort   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Gysin's pivotal role as the secret alchemist of the beat underground, the inventor of the cut-up and the dreamachine, as a sound poet and intuitive visual genius can finally be given due recognition.
Gysin is a figure that is becoming imperceptible, hence his oft repeated proclamations, "I am HERE", "Here to go!" Forever hidden in the looming shadow of William Burroughs, Gysin was the nomad, mystic and bohemian that taught all the rest.
Gysin became familiar with Japanese calligraphy while in the Canadian army and was immersed in Arabic calligraphy while living in Tangier.
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 Brion Gysin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Gysin helped Burroughs with the editing of of his novels and wrote a script a film version of "Naked Lunch" which never produced.
A consummate innovator Gysin altered the cut-up to produce what he called permutation poems which a single phrase was repeated several with the words rearranged in a different with each reiteration.
Gysin's work is so overlooked (and so woefully out-of-print) that he's assumed the reputation of a cult-figure within a literary movement his work helped create.
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 Edmonton Art Gallery - Current Exhibitions
Brion Gysin (1916 - 1986) is an artist whose work has had a significant impact on 20th century art and culture.
Gysin was born in England during the first world war to a Swiss father and Canadian mother.
Brion Gysin: I Am That I Am is the first comprehensive survey of Brion Gysin's work to be produced in North America.
www.edmontonartgallery.com /exhibitions/past/1998/i_am_that_i_am.html   (250 words)

 Brion Gysin: biography and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Brion Gysin (January 19, EHandler: no quick summary.
The literature of the united states may be considered as belonging to english literature or as a distinct body of literature....
The dreamachine (or dream machine) was invented by beat generation members brion gysin and ian sommerville in 1959....
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 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Brion Gysin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Dreamachine The Dreamachine (or Dream Machine) was invented by Beat generation members Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville in 1959.
Brion Gysin (January 19, 1916 - July 13, 1986) was a (Writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)) writer and (An artist who paints) painter.
Gysin helped Burroughs with the editing of several of his novels, and wrote a script for a film version of (Click link for more info and facts about Naked Lunch) Naked Lunch which was never produced.
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 Brion Gysin
Among those recorded for the event were "iam that i am," "recalling all active agents," and the "pistol poem" which differed by permutating recordings of a gun firing at varying distances.
Gysin spoke of flashes of memory and 360 degree visions with the clarity of projected film after extended use.
The Englishman Brion Gysin, one of the founders of the beatnik movement and inventor of such new formulas as the collage-novel, has composed his phonic texts on this principle.
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 Everything is Permuted /Brion Gysin Bio
Brion Gysin was born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire on 19th January 1916.
Gysin’s work was included in the Surrealist Drawings exhibition in Paris in 1935 (Galerie Quatre).
Brion Gysin: Tuning in to the Multimedia Age (ed.
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 Brion Gysin: Cut-ups
BRION: No, it really began with the Einstein apprehension of the physical quality of the world, where the energy of the world (which is supposed to be represented in the arts, after all) is declared to equal m, which is the mass of the earth times the speed of light squared.
BRION: We saw it when Antony died-it was very nearly thrown away, all of that material-his mother didn't know anything about him, and none of his business associates did, because they were really quite on a different beam with him.
BRION: The most commonly told story is that he cut it off himself and threw it into the face of a psychoanalyst who was questioning him in an army examination.
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 Amazon.com: The Process: Books: Brion Gysin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Brion Gysin was born in England in 1916.
And Like his painting, Gysin's literary origins likewise have their genesis and inspiration in Occultism, so permeating Gysin's life as to be essential in any contemplation aimed at an understanding of his works and life.
Gysin often makes his point with a joke at humanity's expense, and it should be borne in mind that he is a great misanthrope; and as for his reputed misongyny goes, he truly believed women were a biological mistake---the irony is that a good many of his closest friend were women!
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 Boing Boing: Brion Gysin biography and a Disinformation event in NYC
The multimedia artist, poet and novelist Brion Gysin may be the most influential cultural figure of the twentieth century that most people have never heard of.
It was Gysin who introduced the Rolling Stones to the exotica of Morocco and took Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones to Jajouka where he recorded the tribal musicians performing the Pipes of Pan.
It was Gysin who provided the hashish fudge recipe published in Alice B. Toklas’ cookbook, promising “ecstatic reveries and extensions of one’s personality on several simultaneous planes.” It was Gysin who introduced Burroughs to an automatic writing method called the cut-up, a literary progenitor to sampling.
www.boingboing.net /2005/10/12/brion_gysin_biograph.html   (545 words)

 Avantgarde Music. Brion Gysin: biography, discography, reviews, links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Writer, painter, sculptor and composer Brion Gysin (Britain, 1916) was the true inventor of the "cut-up" technique made popular by his friend William Burroughs.
His recordings include: The Brion Gysin Show (S-Press, 1978), Songs (Hat Hut, 1981), a collaboration with Steve Lacy, Orgy Boys (Hat Hut, 1982), The Poem of Poems (Alga Marghen, 1998), The Pool K III (Alga Marghen, 1999).
Gysin died in 1986 in Paris of a heart attack.
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 Brion Gysin : Profile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
After the loss of his father when he was nine months old, his mother took him to New York to stay with one of her sisters and then to Kansas City, Mo., to stay with another.
Gysin is an entirely self-taught painter who acquired an enviable technique without putting foot in an art school or academy.
Brion Gysin died of lung cancer in 1986.
www.txt.de /spress/author/gysin/profile/english.htm   (322 words)

 grazulis - william s. burroughs - interview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Brion Gysin died of a heart attack on Sunday morning, July 13, 1986.
Brion was suffering from emphysema and lung cancer.
Brion finds the wine slightly "rapeux" to tease Fran&#Atilde;&#sect;ois de Palaminy, who has spent and concentrated to find a non-alterated wine which is not so easy even in Paris.
web.ukonline.co.uk /gary.leeming/burroughs/burr_interview.htm   (2053 words)

 Brion Gysin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The painter Brion Gysin (1916-1986), rediscovered Tristan Tzara's cut-up method while cutting through a newspaper upon which he was trimming some mats.
There was some talk to the effect that Brion was a bad influence, a keef-crazed, razor-wielding, dada-spouting anarchist whose high-art theorizing was corrupting an authentic American voice.
Always the experimenter, 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.
cotati.sjsu.edu /spoetry/folder4/ng45.html   (286 words)

 Grey Lodge Occult Review :: Issue #17 :: The Cut-Ups ::
Brion Gysin, an American born in 1916 in England of a Swiss father and a Canadian mother, became a painter early in life and was in fact expelled from the Surrealist group in Paris by Andre Breton when he was only nineteen years old.
Describing the discovery of cut-ups, Brion Gysin stressed, "The cut-up method treats words as the painter treats his paints, raw materials with rules and reasons of its own." 15.
Burroughs and Gysin's individual and collaborative efforts in these areas have extended into a vast range of media aside from literature such as tape cut-ups and importantly the technique was transferred to cinema.
www.greylodge.org /occultreview/glor_017/cutups.htm   (3839 words)

 The Master Musicians of Joujouka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Gysin was instantly captivated and wished to hear the Sufi trance masters everyday.
It was in the Beat Hotel that Gysin came up with the Cut-Up Method with which Burroughs revolutionised the modern novel.
As well as citing their sound in his novels, Burroughs used pieces of Joujouka music in the experimental sound "Cut-Ups" that he, Gysin, and their young protégés filmmaker Anthony Balch and inventor Ian Somerville made in the early 1960s.
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 C r e a t i o n   B o o k s:   Brion Gysin Preface   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Brion Gysin’s dazzling anecdotes and inspired digressions form the matrix for a very precise cosmology.
Brion, who has visited the fortress of Alamout, observed that there would not have been room to store such a library - reputedly consisting of 200,000 books.
Brion is equally emphatic in his attitude towards communication, which most people seem to assume is somehow intrinsically good.
www.creationbooks.com /text-gysin.html   (748 words)

Brion Gysin found the explanation for this unusual experience a few years later when William S. Burroughs lent him a copy of The Living Brain by Dr. W.
Sommerville decided to build a machine to reproduce the flickering effect that Gysin had described.
From Sommerville's description of the flicker machine Brion Gysin built the Dreamachine in the early 1960's in the Beat Hotel on the rue Gît-le-Cœur, Paris.
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 Brion Gysin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
A memorable example of this is "I don't dig work, man" (try it!) 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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 Brion Gysin and His Wonderful Dreamachine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The first dreamachine was imagined and constructed by Brion Gysin sometime in the early 1960's with the aid of mathematician Ian Sommerville.
Gysin, an occultist, artist and writer living in Paris, was a close friend of William S. Burroughs (who often receives credit for the invention).
Both men were familiar with British neuroscientist W. Gray Walter's discovery that flashing lights quickly altered brain activity and not only the visual cortex, but the whole mind.
www.legendsmagazine.net /105/brion.htm   (610 words)

 bookofjoe: Brion Gysin's Dreamachine - still legal, but not for long...
In 1959 Brion Gysin, of whom William Burroughs said, "he was the only man I have ever respected," invented the Dreamachine.
Gysin had broader ambitions for it and tried to distance himself from their enthusiasm, says John Geiger, the author of "Chapel of Extreme Experience: a Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine" (Soft Skull Press, 2004).
Gysin's attempts to commercialize the Dreamachine during the 60's and 70's never got very far.
www.bookofjoe.com /2005/01/dream_machine.html   (1818 words)

 UPNE | Back in No Time   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Brion Gysin (1916 - 1986) was a visual artist, historian, novelist, and an experimental poet credited with the discovery of the 'cut-up' technique -- a collage of texts, not pictures -- which his longtime collaborator William S. Burroughs put to more extensive use.
One of the first Fulbright Fellows, Brion Gysin was recognized for his book, To Master -- a Long Goodnight, with its substantial appendix A History of Slavery in Canada.
His career as a visual artist began before the age of 20; he was part of the famous 1935 Surrealist Drawings show in Paris, though at the orders of Andrandeacute; Breton his work was taken down.
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 John Geiger > News > John Geiger Contributes to New Book on Brion Gysin
As a painter Gysin is remembered for his evocative views of the Sahara and for his unprecedented calligraphic abstractions inspired by Japanese and Arabic script.
His later discovery of the potential of a paint-roller to produce a limitless ready-made grid provided the basis for the unique 'roller poems' of the 1970s, a concept extended to the use of 35mm film to produce photographic sequences showing the construction of the Centre Pompidou (Beaubourg) in Paris.
Gysin's chance observation of random combinations of words led to the development of the cut-up technique by his friend William S. Burroughs, with whom he would collaborate most notably in producing The Third Mind (1978).
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 Brion Gysin
Gysin vermutete, dieser hätte sich bei seiner Frau mit Syphilis angesteckt.
Brion Gysin starb 1986 an einem langwierigen Krebsleiden.
Von Brion Gysin ist auf Deutsch unter dem Titel UMHERSCHWEIFEN, BEUTE MACHEN eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, Cutups und Tagebucheinträgen erschienen.
www.moellenhoff.de /academy23/gysin/gysin.htm   (378 words)

 How to build a cheap and simple dreamachine
BRION : One of the reasons is that...
And he used to sit up there and with the fingers of his hands spread like this would flicker his fingers over his closed eyes, and would interpret his visions in a way which were of infuence to her in regard to her political powers.
According to Brion Gysin, it develops the knowledge of the hidden aspects of things.
www.interpc.fr /mapage/westernlands/dreamachine.html   (3002 words)

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