reflections on Samuel Becketts work
CD one (48:59)
CD two (50:15)
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production & graphics by Wolfgang Peter Menzel
with sound work of
John Duncan, Sarah Boothroyd, Leo Bettinelli, 2l2code (Merran Laginestra & Pedro Lopez), Antanas Kucinskas, Philip Julian, Jefferson Boss, Robin Parmar, Richard Carr, Marc Egea, Ola Ståhl, Seth Guy, Charlie Williams and Wolfgang Peter Menzel
The unique Samuel Becketts work, plays, novels and poetry, rendering him the nobel prize in literature, is characterized by a deep expression of human silence, in spite of his figures´ sometimes endless babbling.
With the starting point in that crackling silence I saw the challenge for sound artists to respond to.
There are not so many sound works corresponding to Becketts work, but a lot of experimental sound together with texts of the author. When asking the artists for contributions to these two CD:s I want them to conduct themselves more to what they felt being the essence of Becketts work than to illustrate a text based on intellectual understanding.
The pieces include a wide range of different interpretations, possibilities of understanding Becketts work in sound, from using the authors text changing into a sound atmosphere, from language destruction down to a noise level,
from rhythmic repetition to epic width. finally the SOUNDING NOTHING project turned out as a double CD as it was ment to be.
The question of words, literature, and music is enigmatic. perhaps the question of words and sound is even more enigmatic. fifteen sound artists try to handle with this on “out of silence”, which can be regarded both a presentation and documentation.
When asking the artists for a sound reflection the only relation demanded was the Beckett affiliation, nothing more, nothing less, the rest was up to each of them.
Whether sonorous images or compositional pieces, there were no restrictions.
Generally the sound pieces are nor translations neither literally rendered. They just bear parallel witness, as soundtracks, of what Beckett was writing about.
Whether these works of sound art will be experienced as music or not is a secondary question. a careful deep listening will transpose them somewhere to the farthest edge, in the centre of the listener – out of silence.
fail again, try again, fail better (Samuel Beckett).
Wolfgang Peter Menzel / podalida.com
released 13 March 2011
1. YOU by Sarah Boothroyd
A one minute adress form, the first and basic one. There is Me and there is You and between us there is language, maybe You and Me are nothing but language.
2. MY HOLLOW HEART by Wolfgang Peter Menzel
A harsh poem by Beckett, in this sounding shape reminding of shortness of life, even childhood´s joy and life`s end in the same moment.
3. CAMINATA by Leo Bettinelli
There is something encapsulated about this piece, a kind of sadness.
4. PAUSE IN MOTION by 2l2code (Merran Laginestra/Pedro Lopez)
A piece nearby the zero point. Questions like When does it begin and When will this end arises, where is the moment and what is the difference between pause and motion ? Is there a difference ?
5. LOOP OWED TO KRAPP by Antanas Ku?inskas
Another piece about language and its insufficiency. Lost memory perhaps leading to lost identity and language as repetition in itself.
6. FOR FILM by Philip Julian
Composed as a sound track for FILM.
7. GODOT by Jefferson Boss
A piece about the themes in the break through theatre play ” Waiting for …. “.
8. SNOWBLIND AND FALLING by Robin Parmar
Reflecting the textures of the composers own voice in the mirror of a theatrical reading of Samuel Becketts poetry.
9. THE TELEPHONE CALL by Richard Carr
A dialog – two monologs – or just the listener as the third part ?
10. WHAT IS THE WORD by Marc Egea
Coresponding to Becketts poetry between Whoroscope and What is the word the text slowly becomes a transition to something beyond the text.
11. R A N T black fire / 12. R A N T white fire by Ola Ståhl
Two pieces as a sort of no-speech or between-the-speech based on Krapp´s tape.
13. BREATH by Seth Guy
One of the shortest possible descriptions of life.
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14. FILM soundtrack by John Duncan
Another FILM soundtrack on this CD package. A struggling, growing and extremely tight composition with sound colors creating an claustrophobic atmosphere.
15. A CAPSULE HELD STATIC by Charlie Williams
A piece of calm reconciliation about mans situation in time and space.