OUT OF SILENCE
/ reflections on Samuel Beckett´s work
CD one (48:59) CD two (50:15)
podalida.com & modisti / production & graphics by Wolfgang Peter Menzel
with sound work of John Duncan, Sarah Boothroyd, Leo Bettinelli, Merran Laginestra, Pedro Lopez, Antanas Kučinskas, Philip Julian, Jefferson Boss, Robin Parmar, Richard Carr, Marc Egea, Ola Ståhl, Seth Guy, Charlie Williams and Wolfgang Peter Menzel
The unique Samuel Beckett´s 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
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