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[ Melissa Grey & David Morneau ]

Gadget Berry Dimple: A Glossary of False Translation (2016) transforms the poetry of Hugo Ball using Oulipian games, a Benjolin synthesizer, and a vintage Merlin music machine.

The original poem:

Gadji beri bimba
gadji beri bimba glandridi laula lonni cadori

gadjama gramma berida bimbala glandri galassassa laulitalomini

gadji beri bin blassa glassala laula lonni cadorsu sassala bim

gadjama tuffm i zimzalla binban gligla wowolimai bin beri ban

o katalominai rhinozerossola hopsamen laulitalomini hoooo

gadjama rhinozerossola hopsamen

bluku terullala blaulala loooo



zimzim urullala zimzim urullala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam

elifantolim brussala bulomen brussala bulomen tromtata

velo da bang band affalo purzamai affalo purzamai lengado tor

gadjama bimbalo glandridi glassala zingtata pimpalo ögrögöööö

viola laxato viola zimbrabim viola uli paluji malooo



tuffm im zimbrabim negramai bumbalo negramai bumbalo tuffm i zim

gadjama bimbala oo beri gadjama gaga di gadjama affalo pinx

gaga di bumbalo bumbalo gadjamen
g
aga di bling blong

gaga blung

...
Our falsely translated version:

Gadget Berry Dimple
Gadget berry dimple; grand treaty. Louder, lonely tandoori.
Pajama gamma, buried home, timbales, grand tree. Melis-iss-sa: "Lolita longs for me."
Gadget berry (gin blossom glossary). Louder, lonely cats or you, sad salad? Bim:
"Pajama toughen!" I, some olive, been banned. Glee club? Wow! only me (gin berry) banned.
O cat and lonely mice. [rhinoceros solo] Hans Tammen: "Lolita longs for me." Who?
Pajama Rhinoceros. [solo: Hans Tammen]
Blue queue tarantula; blue lager low.

Chin, chin, you rule a lot. Chin, chin, you rule a lot. Chin, chin, sandwich bar. (Some olive sham!)
Elephant totem, bruised salad. Pillow men: "Bruised salad." Pillow men: "Drum louder."
Hell, no! Ha! Pang bland. A fellow purse of mine, a fellow purse of mine. [legato: tire]
Pajama bee’s halo. Grand treaty glossary. Zinc starter, pimp! Alone ogre grow.
Voilà: lacks a toe. Voilà: sing this hymn. Voilà: Oulipo Fallujah Morneau.

Toughen, ein sing this hymn? No, not mine. Bungalow? No, not mine. Bungalow toughen—I shim.
Pajama timbales. Oh, berry pajama. "Dada the pajama," a fellow pins.
"Dada the bungalow, bungalow," god of men.
Dada the bring blonde?
Dada brung!

Performance History
Rakete bee bee? Rakete bee zee! Dada's 100th Anniversary
Curated by Hans Tammen
Spectrum NYC
February 12, 2016

Featuring:
Angela Babin & Cristian Amigo
Briggan Krauss
David Simons & Lisa Karrer with Denman Maroney
Antidada
Frances Wang
Gisburg & Louie Terrier
Josh Sinton & Megan Schubert
Katya Naphtali
Melissa Grey & David Morneau
Damien Olson
Sarah Bernstein & Stuart Popejoy
Steve Bull
François Grillot’s Dada A Gogo
Terry Dame and Kevin Ramsay
Prof. David Hyman
Gaddadelics

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 Benjolin + Merlin