out of silence / double CD /  reflections on Samuel Beckett´s work 

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/ 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  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 Menze
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Throughout a nice compilation with no really weak pieces anyway.
Frans de Ward / Vitalweekly 776
see the freqzine review by David Solomons
A very successful project. Varying but consequent and appropiate to its subject.
Marcus Gammel, Deutschlandradio Kultur

“Out of Silence” is a (pardon the pun) quiet classic .... Mike Wood
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