by Andy Birtwistle
by Jannik Kirk Soerensen
*** produced by the author ***
The initial inspiration for this 10 minute piece is Geoffrey Bridson's symphonic sound poem Steel - An Industrial Symphony, produced by the BBC in 1937. The programme, a great modernist piece of art, celebrated the manufacture of the ultimate modernist material: steel, the material hope of the modern era.
Steel II celebrates and mourns the failure of the Modernist dream. In this new millennium, the proud trumpet fanfares of the 1930s are sadly out of place, now transformed into dissipated anal rumblings. The narrator is no longer able to badger us to celebrate steel, and no matter how much we might want to have a modernist ideal to cling to, we live in a world where this is no longer possible. The fireworks of the millennium celebration provide a true measure of anti-climax, the moment of transition from one era to another.
Steel II is a 10 minute slab of sonic flatulence, a cloud of voices and sounds that celebrate and mourn the death of modernism and the dribbling into being of a new era. The sounds for this new millennium are weak and gently folded, at other times they are strained and confused, copied and cut up - but long gone are the timpanic fantasies of the über-broadcasters, the über-poets and the über-composers.
*** produced by Acik Radyo ***
*** live performance, 07. 12.
2000, produced by gaygoni -a.g.
The ancestor of Karagöz is the classical Shadow Theatre of Ancient Asia. Adapted by the Turhish artists nearly six centuries ago, KARAGÖZ, with its bright and exploding colours -which makes the show truly visual- had for so long a time been one of the major attractions and favorite entertainment of the Ottoman civilization that, although now it is unfortunately fading away from everday life, even the younger generations in Modern Turkey who have never personally seen a representation are quite familiar with the characters and famous themes of this traditional Turkish Shadow Theatre.
ZeN's radio performance is a modern interpretation of Karagöz shadow theater. Without leaving the classical texture of the dramatic structure of Karagöz, ZeN mixes modern popular music patterns with the traditional background. Although Karagöz is a visual happening, shadow theater with bright colored puppets, it was adapted to the radio, as well as published as records decades ago. Zen uses three of these recordings as base and adds its improvized wit (as is Karagöz) and brings this modern time Ramadan entertainment into life. The performance took place as part of the celebrations "100th Year Anniversary of Turkish Recording History" for Açik Radyo. The original name for Karagöz shadow theater is 'Zill-i Hayal ; Imaginary Shadow'. The name "Zill-i Hayal" redefines itself within the radio.