"Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence. Sound is that cup, but empty. Noise is that cup, but broken.”

Robert Fripp

"Le rôle de l'artiste créateur est de créer des lois, non pas de suivre celles qui sont déjà faites"
Ferruccio Busoni

"Go, go, go! ... Go! go! ..."
John Lee Hooker



Born in 1915, André Vernier, aka Altagor, started to write poetry at 14 years old. As he worked as a miner, he composed long talked' sympnhonies and surrealist poems.
In 1963, he build a new instrument called the "Pantophone" for bowed strings and the percussive "Métaphone" for elastic bands.

As well he is a painter, he also met Isidore Isou and  started to write "meta-poésie" which he declaimed and performed with his "Plectrophone" .
He wrote a 10000 verses' poem titled "Simonia", a goddess invented by him during his walks in french north forests.

Excerpt of "Sonar", a french radio show conducted by Charles Dreyfus and Bernard Gerbaud in the studio of Altagor in 1985 (unreleased):

and some other links:
& excerpts from a rare film around the artist

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