The cut up method of Brion Gysin [William S Burroughs] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin. Critical Writing. Author: William S. Burroughs. Publication Type: Article in an online journal · Article or chapter in a book. As an experimental technique, the cut-up method as applied by Cut to: English artist Brion Gysin in his room at the notorious Beat Hotel in.

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As many Shakespeare Rim baud poems as you like. In using the fold in method I edit delete and rearrange as in any other method of composition-I have frequently had the experience of writing some pages of straight narrative text which were then folded in with other pages and found that the fold ins were clearer and more comprehensible than the original texts-Perfectly clear narrative prose can be produced using the fold in method-Best results are usually obtained by placing pages dealing with similar subjects in juxtaposition.

This is where Rimbaud was going bysin his color of vowels. Appropriation in the arts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The best writings seems to be done almost by accident but writers until the cut-up method was made explicit-all writing is in fact cut-ups; I will return to this point-had no way to produce the accident of spontaneity. Now cut the page.

Burroughs discovered the cutup in in Paris through his friend Brion Gysin, a painter. Dr Neumann in his Theory of Games and Economic Behavior introduces the cut-up method of random action into game and military strategy: Burroughs transcribes taped cutups several tapes spliced into each otherfilm rbion montageand mixed media experiments results of combining tapes with hp, movies, or actual events.


We can not produce accidents to order. The words have lost meaning and life through years of repetition. It is experimental in the sense of being something to do. Poetry is for everyone. Cut the words and see how they fall.

Cut-up technique – Wikipedia

As many poems as you like. Wolman developed cut-up techniques as part of his lettrist practice in the early s. William Burroughs cited T. Burroughsand has since been used in a wide variety of contexts. Take any poet or writer you fancy. Jeff Nuttall’s publication My Own Mag was another important outlet for the then-radical technique. Anybody can make cut ups.

In fact all street shots from movie or still hysin are by the unpredictable factors of passers by and juxtaposition cut-ups.

Gyein rearrange the sections placing section four with section one and section two with section three. Cut the word lines and you will hear their voices.

William S. Burroughs Cut-up Technique

Here, say, or poems you have read over many times. Thom Yorke applied a similar method in Radiohead ‘s Kid A album, writing single lines, putting them into a hat, and drawing them out at random while the band rehearsed the songs.

Julian—Gregorian uncertainty Use dmy dates from April bruon As many Shakespeare Rimbaud poems as you like. You have four sections: If your strategy is at some point determined. Minutes to Go resulted from this initial cut-up experiment. If your strategy is at some point determined.

It is experimental in the sense of being something to do.

Now rearrange the sections placing section four with section one and section two cjt section three. His theory of the cutup also parallels avant-garde literary theory, such as structuralism and deconstruction. When Gysin began experimenting with cutups in his own work, Burroughs immediately saw the similarity to the juxtaposition technique he had used in Naked Lunch and began extensive experiments ggysin text, often with the collaboration of other writers.


In the summer of Brion Gysin painter and writer cut newspaper articles into sections and rearranged the sections at random. Not something to talk and argue about.

Cut-up technique

Rimbaud announces himself, to be followed by some excruciatingly bad poetry. Sometimes it says much the same thing. A collage of words read heard overhead.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This was part of an abandoned project called Guerrilla Conditions meant as a documentary on Burroughs and filmed throughout — Composition studies Technical writing Articulation sociological.

What is the Cut-Up Method?

The cutup is a way of exposing word and image controls and thus freeing oneself from them, an alteration of consciousness that occurs in both the writer and the reader of the text.

Cutting and rearranging a page of written words introduces a new brrion into writing enabling the writer to turn images in cinematic variation. In an mehod, Alan Burns noted that for Europe After The Rain and subsequent novels he used a version of cut-ups: Right here write now.

The cut-up method could be used to advantage in processing scientific data. Many audience members claimed the film made them ill, others demanded their money back, while some just stumbled out of the cinema ranting “it’s disgusting”. You have a new poem. The cut-ups can be applied to other fields ul writing.