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Lithophonic Celan

March 4th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Music, Poetry Cuisine

“Zeitgehöft” – 697 Gedichte von Paul Celan, für Sonifizierungsalgorithmus

Celan’s work has ‘inspired’ many composers over the last fifty years, though this one reaches a rare conceptual strangeness. The composer — Johannes Kreidler —used chance procedures to determine a specific pitch for each letter in the oeuvre. The poems are separated by a half-second pause. This one involves the poems of the posthumous volume ZeitgehöftTimestead. The instrument used to perform the score is the  “Steinspiel,” the “Stone-play,” a percussion instrument originally made specifically for Carl Orff’s operas Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannus. “Shaped like a keyboard, it is an arrangement of stone bars, struck by beaters held in player’s hand.”

Published on Feb 23, 2013

Celan-Zyklus I.
Jedem Buchstaben ist eine per Zufall bestimmte Tonhöhe zugeordnet.
Zwischen jedem Gedicht ist eine halbsekündige Pause.
Am Steinspiel: Ada Lovelace

Kreidler 2013


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  • Poo

    My new wake up call! Honestly, how often would one listen to this end to end? It easily surpasses a “rare conceptual strangeness.” This orbits a planet not yet discovered. Pity I missed the video.

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