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Tyto Alba: Michal Libera w/ Martin Kuchen and Ralf Meinz

13 Portraits Of Melancholics, Birds And Their Co-Hearing

Tyto Alba: Michal Libera w/ Martin Kuchen and Ralf Meinz: 13 Portraits Of Melancholics, Birds And Th (Bolt)

Sound essay, horspiel, reading, electroacoustic music, plunderphonics, sound portraits, collection of songs: a sonic exposition of melancholia from Tyto Alba, (Michal Libera and Ralf Meinz) accompanied by samples from classical music, birds, and saxophone playing by Martin Kuchen.

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Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR R008
Squidco Product Code: 21112

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded and assembled between January 16th and February 16th, 2014 in Blase and Visby, Gotland, Sweeden; the 25th of July and 23rd of august in Ricardi, Calabria, Italy.


Michal Libera-text, text adaptation, recordings, composition

Martin Kuchen-saxophone
Ralf Meinz-sound design

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track listing:

1. Muchel Serres 3:58

2. W.G. Sebald 1:17

3. Philomela 2:29

4. Max Ernst 2:56

5. Alvin Lucier 2:14

6. Georgio Agamben 4:07

7. Bedrich Smetana 2:01

8. Andean Solitaire 2:19

9. Auguste Rodin 6:31

10. Tyto Alba 5:23

11. Georges Perec 3:54

12. Wilhelm Heinrich Dove 3:12

13. Javier Marias 2:31
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"Sound essay, hörspiel, reading, electroacoustic music, plunderphonics, sound portraits, collection of songs or simply a sonic take on melancholia. Disposition or disease, melancholia is a rich psycho-territory full of apathy, depression, withdrawal, self-dismissal, hallucinations and alien voices. And hearing. In particular, suffering of the ears and peculiar way of listening related to it.

In one of the footnotes in his essay "Stanzas", Giorgio Agamben points out that the well known melancholic posture of a man leaning his head against the hand is actually an attempt to get away from suffering of his ringing ear. This observation bringing together melancholia and sound is the main coordinate of the piece's development. It departs from melancholic listening turning women into birds depicted in the opening chapter of WG Sebald's "Rings of Saturn".

The voice imperceptibly meanders between reading, commenting and distorting the tales ramifying the interpretations of the initial situation. It is accompanied by hundreds of samples from classical music to birds and saxophone playing by Martin Küchen."-Bolt Records

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