I haven’t been posting for a month now. That’s rare, considering my posting history. There wasn’t much news except that I have worked my nuts off during the final days of June. Then had a three week holiday in Italy (North). I recorded Italian Alps and a beehive. We stayed at the house of a guy who was a hobbyist beekeeper. So I recorded the incoming and outgoing traffic of a bee hive. Nice.
Then, when I came back I had another three days before going to work and I decided to try and finish the piano and voice series. And lo and behold!! I succeeded. As you can read in the previous posts with these tags I was already quite far. Still, relistening everything again (and again) I heard that the basis was alright but that some mixes needed touch ups and some parts could be deleted (I ripped out some 11 minutes) and some parts needed more space, et cetera. Some of the mixes weren’t okay because the frequency balance was too extreme. So I corrected those.
I now define this series as finished. I have cut it into 11 tracks. Now I need to polish the final mix and see to it that the 24bit mix lands on a 16bit platform without too many glitches or loss of power. I have had brilliant 32bit compositions go dull when converted to 16bit. Thank god I can still learn things.
After that comes the coining of a good title. I want it to be connected to the early 20th century art movement Dada, the Cabaret Voltaire. Something in that region. I have been reading Hans Richter’s book on Dada (Thames and Hudson) during the past months. That has given and is still giving me plenty of inspiration. Especially his descriptions of the Cabaret Voltaire and later soirees that were organised by the Dada movement have inspired me during the constitution of this series. Although the original text works were inspired by Gertrude Stein’s poetry, the overall atmosphere is a psychologic interpretation (to speak with Pierre Henry) of the Dadaist congregations. Below a picture of Hugo Ball at a 1917 performance at the Cabaret Voltaire, most probably reciting the poem.