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Offline Mandryka

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2020, 11:57:36 AM »
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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #41 on: November 10, 2020, 01:26:39 AM »
Many years ago I did the lighting to a play by Beckett. Called ‘Play’ which features three people in jars arguing. It was the biggest lighting nightmare I ever had. After the performance I had a young girl saying to her father, “But daddy, I didn’t understand it,” to which he replied, “Don’t worry, dear, neither did anyone else!”

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« Reply #42 on: November 10, 2020, 04:37:38 AM »
Many years ago I did the lighting to a play by Beckett. Called ‘Play’ which features three people in jars arguing. It was the biggest lighting nightmare I ever had. After the performance I had a young girl saying to her father, “But daddy, I didn’t understand it,” to which he replied, “Don’t worry, dear, neither did anyone else!”

He's always doing that sort of thing, Mahood is in a jar in The Unnameable.

The sound on the video of Play is almost music, it's almost set to music

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This is my favourite at the moment

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #43 on: November 10, 2020, 12:16:45 PM »
He's always doing that sort of thing, Mahood is in a jar in The Unnameable.

The sound on the video of Play is almost music, it's almost set to music

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This is my favourite at the moment

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Frankly though at times like this I prefer something else to Beckett. Something like Dad's Army!  ;D

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #44 on: November 10, 2020, 01:18:49 PM »
Frankly though at times like this I prefer something else to Beckett. Something like Dad's Army!  ;D

well much to my disappointment googling "dads army thomas beckett" comes up with nothing interesting at all.
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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #45 on: December 03, 2020, 08:55:07 PM »
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Philip Glass, Prelude for Endgame (there’s a recording with Robert Black on the contrebass on Spotify.) It’s presence here is not a sign of the quality of the music,
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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #46 on: December 16, 2020, 03:41:45 AM »
This is Samuel Beckett's text Ping



And this is Roger Reynold's Ping -- rather good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. It makes me wonder if there's a sort of California Beckett sound, this and things like Feldman's For Samuel Beckett. Ideas much appreciated.

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And this is Reynold's letter to Beckett about it -- Page 2 is in the same archive.

https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb9660312s/zoom/0

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #47 on: December 18, 2020, 02:37:57 PM »


Thomas Wenk succeeds in expanding the piano by the addition of an antiquated technical apparatus: the cassette recorder. The piece Recordame (1999) was inspired by Samuel Beckett’s one-act play “Krapp’s Last Tape.“ Just as the protagonist’s monologue in Beckett is divided into two perspectives by the tape recording, so does the pianist in Recordame obtain a virtual dialogue partner, who at various times acts as supervisor, listener, and co-performer. Wenk treats the buttons of the recorder as an extension of the piano keyboard, by notating precise rhythms for them. Conversely, the clicks of the buttons find a sonic correspondence in certain prepared sounds in the piano. Along with tape noise, the recorder also contributes playback of previously played sounds, whereby the low-fidelity aspect becomes an increasingly prominent ingredient of the music; the clearly demarcated divide between live and recorded sound is thus ruptured.
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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #48 on: December 31, 2020, 03:09:59 AM »
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Clov and Hamm by Michaël Levinas. I guess that Clov is the trombone and Hamm is the tuba.
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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #49 on: December 31, 2020, 07:37:14 AM »
Samuel Beckett's Not I features a disembodied mouth

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Stefan Prins's Not I features a disembodied guitar. There is a sound processing desk between the guitar and the amp, which is controlled by a separate player

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #50 on: January 17, 2021, 08:31:38 AM »
Sam Sfirri's Beckett pieces are all inspired by a year long reading of Malone, Malloy and The Unnamable. Recorded on Another Timbre, example of the sort of thing here

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http://www.anothertimbre.com/page148.html


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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #51 on: February 23, 2021, 02:08:06 PM »
Michael Edward Parsons’s Krapp Music is based in Krapp’s Last Tape. As everyone knows, in the play an old geezer called Krapp listens to a tape recording which he made a long time before, and comments on it. In Krapp Music the pianist similarly makes comments in piano sounds on a tape of piano music he made before. 

On this CD

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #52 on: February 25, 2021, 07:17:11 PM »
Michael Edward Parsons’s Krapp Music is based in Krapp’s Last Tape. As everyone knows, in the play an old geezer called Krapp listens to a tape recording which he made a long time before, and comments on it. In Krapp Music the pianist similarly makes comments in piano sounds on a tape of piano music he made before. 

On this CD



One of my favorite Beckett works. Would like to hear this, but the CD seems obscure and I don't see any clips or downloads available.

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #53 on: February 28, 2021, 01:45:36 AM »
One of my favorite Beckett works. Would like to hear this, but the CD seems obscure and I don't see any clips or downloads available.

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