Sunday, December 14, 2014

Luciano Berio: Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)

(8:11) This is what you do with open-reel tape and the human voice.  At least, in 1958.

The first couple minutes are a recitation by Cathy Berberian of the unaltered text, from James Joyce's Ulysses.  The rest of it is pretty amazing.  "Listen, each and for other plash and silent roar..."


If you like this, there's a longer piece entitled Visage that explores the same approach.