95CD - Bo Meson & Martin Archer - 288 / Babel

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Collaborations between poet / composer Bo Meson and composer Martin Archer tend to stray into odd places where neither of them would normally venture, and when they meet up normal rules cease to apply.  Quite how the initial idea for this piece, inspired by the odd fact that Matt Damon’s script for the fourth Jason Bourne movie comprised a total of just 288 words, ended up as a metaphysical dialogue between Rasputin and Goethe set to a kind of surrealistic take on a middle-European palm court trio, is frankly anyone’s guess.  Nevertheless, the end result, which gives plenty of room for the wonderful improvising skills of Graham Clark and Maja Bugge on violin and cello respectively, plus interludes from Archer’s creepy clarinets, is another fine example of Meson’s poetic exploration of arcane and obsessive detail.

 

These two compositions for sextet originate from very different sources but share a mode: 

 

The text for 288 represents a rewriting of lines from a specific protagonist caught up in ‘world-historic’ events whose thoughts have been re-arranged into a new narrative here, as they have been misconstrued politically by many since those events… The false dichotomy of Apollonian vs Dionysian is invoked as is the way Nietzsche’s interpretation influenced Mittel-European thought.  The premise of 288 is that if Jason Bourne can get away with just 288 words in a film then perhaps anything else, no matter how emotionally complex, might be summarised with a similar number. 

 

A Horizontal Babel originates in poems written whilst considering both the differing exegeses (Jewish & Christian) concerning Genesis xi 1-9 and a colleague’s archaeological work in Hawaii with horizontal stratigraphy.

 

 

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Performers

 

Bo Meson – voice, software instruments

 

Wolfgang Seel – voice

 

Peter Rophone – choral voices

 

Martin Archer – Bb and bass clarinets, software instruments

 

Graham Clark – violin

 

Maja Bugge – cello

 

 

 

 



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These two compositions for sextet originate from very different sources but share a mode: 

 

The text for 288 represents a rewriting of lines from a specific protagonist caught up in ‘world-historic’ events whose thoughts have been re-arranged into a new narrative here, as they have been misconstrued politically by many since those events… The false dichotomy of Apollonian vs Dionysian is invoked as is the way Nietzsche’s interpretation influenced Mittel-European thought.  The premise of 288 is that if Jason Bourne can get away with just 288 words in a film then perhaps anything else, no matter how emotionally complex, might be summarised with a similar number. 

 

A Horizontal Babel originates in poems written whilst considering both the differing exegeses (Jewish & Christian) concerning Genesis xi 1-9 and a colleague’s archaeological work in Hawaii with horizontal stratigraphy.

 

 

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Wolfgang Seel – voice

 

Peter Rophone – choral voices

 

Martin Archer – Bb and bass clarinets, software instruments

 

Graham Clark – violin

 

Maja Bugge – cello

 

 

 

 

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Wolfgang Seel – voice

 

Peter Rophone – choral voices

 

Martin Archer – Bb and bass clarinets, software instruments

 

Graham Clark – violin

 

Maja Bugge – cello

 

 

 

 

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If you decide to buy PLEASE return to this page to place your order because:

 

1 - It will cost you less - Bandcamp adds 20% VAT to the basic price you pay

2 - Discus pays 15% commission on the basic price to Bandcamp, so we receive less

3 - If you spend more than £25 on this site you get a 30% discount above that limit

 

We love Bandcamp for its player and download delivery - but we prefer you to buy direct from here!

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