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Michael Pisaro's compositions for translations of Oswald Egger's "Diskrete Stetigkeit, Poesie und Mathematik", performed with Pisaro, Egger, Julia Holter, Taku Sugimoto, Graham Lambkin (who also provides audio), &c.

Pisaro, Michael
The Middle of Life (Die ganze Zeit)

Pisaro, Michael: The Middle of Life (Die ganze Zeit) (Gravity Wave)
Label: Gravity Wave    
Released in: USA    

"The speakers are reading translations of the first sentence from Oswald Egger's Diskrete Stetigkeit, Poesie und Mathematik (edition unseld, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2008): "Mitten im Leben fand ich mich wieder wie in einem Wald (ohne Weg)." Snippets of a home recording by Graham Lambkin are heard throughout this section.

Oswald Egger was recorded on 16 July 2012 in the fields outside of his residence in Hombroich, Germany. He is reading passages selected by Pisaro from Die ganze Zeit (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010). The illustrations by Oswald Egger also come from this text.

Two field recordings made in Neufelden, Austria during the second year of flussaufwärtstreiben are used. The first, fading in at around 6'00", was recorded on 2 July 2012, on the banks of the Grosse Mühl river near a small rapids. The second, fading in from about 24'20" was recorded on 4 July 2012, about 500 meters further down the river. Antoine Beuger was playing the flute. An excerpt of Michael Pisaro's Ascending Series (5.2), performed by the Dog Star Orchestra, is heard intermittently throughout this section.

An excerpt from Julia Holter's For One or More Voices for piano (performed by Michael Pisaro), is heard from 42'22" until the end, and is used with permission of the author."-Gravity Wave

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Product Information:

Label: Gravity Wave
Catalog ID: GW 008
Squidco Product Code: 17333

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Oversized Sleeve
Recorded by Michael Pisaro in 2012.


Michael Pisaro-composition, recording, piano, electronics, mixing, mastering

Oswald Egger-poetry, reading

Julia Holter-voice, composition

Speakers (in order of first appearance):

Taku Sugimoto (Japanese and English)

Kristín Haraldsdottír (Icelandic and English)

Kunsu Shim (Korean)

Graham Lambkin (English)

Didier Aschour (French)

Lucie Vitková (Czech and English)

Julia Holter (English)

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1. The Middle of Life (Die ganze Zeit) 47:20

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