‘Poetry’ is using words to say what words cannot say.”

My artistic practice

Ralph Hoyte is a Bristol/UK-based augmented soundartist, poet and writer. His sound-based practice is either solo or with his 3-man artists’ collective, Satsymph (Marc Yeats, classical contemporary composer, Ralph Hoyte, poet and writer, Phill Phelps, coder, audio-engineer and audio-acoustic musician), creating augmented soundscapes in the areas of contemporary classical music, contemporary poetry and dramatised heritage scenarios discoverable through mobile digital devices such as the smartphone.

As a poet, Hoyte writes in the first instance for the voice, his poetic practice ranging from declamatory poetry thru’ live-art poetry to spatial poetry (graphic and sculptural poetry). He generally calls these creations ‘poemscripts’ rather than ‘poems’.

Hoyte has held numerous writing commissions and artistic residencies, including residencies with English Heritage at vaunted Tintagel as well as with both the Mendips AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) – which resulted in his epic walk-poem ‘From Winscombe to Priddy Nine Barrows: a Mendip Journey’ – and with the Quantocks AONB, which resulted in Christabel-Released, his over 3hr-long in performance hubristic completion of the Romantic poet Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’. He has also worked internationally, including a 5wk-long ‘Necessary Journeys’ travel bursary from the Arts Council England to spend five weeks in Japan following in the footsteps of the 17c haiku master, Matsuo Basho’s ‘Oku no Hosomichi’ (The Narrow Road to the Deep North). This resulted in ‘Hana no Kage/Shadow of a Flower’, a zen-poetic travelogue realised as a book and as a performance with the Japanese actress Haruka Furuya.