"Upon J. Cage's Songbook", QUADRO version 2010





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Published on Apr 18, 2011

Dmitry Cheglakov - interpretation of J. Cage's ideas, audio, video, voice, performance art; Yutta Gudmundottir - voice.
Cage's "Songbook" contains vocal, vocal with electronics, theatrical and theatrical with electronics parts ("solos"), that can be performed all or some of them, complete or partly, one after another or piling one on another, following the logic of chance in live performance. I suggest my own fantasy to the audience, based on Cage's matherials but different to some extend. First, all "fortuitousness" is planned. Second, all "solos" are accompanied by video made by me and based on Cage's score. That has not only informational but also artistic funtion. Some texts are translated to russian. Third, Cage wrote numbers that mean different electronic effects in quantity from 2 to 64 (small numbers - the level of the effect) on interpreter's choice in the parts that can be conditionally called "pointelism" (solos №11 and №84). Arrows near the numbers mean a bit earlier or a bit later. I interpreted big numbers as placing of sound in a full round (64) in quadropanorama and wrote my own arrows approximately pointing the direction of this placement. Author's arrows I interpreted as gradualness of panorama switching. I ignored small numbers that must point the level of the effect, because Cage meant real sampled sounds like thunder or explosion as "effects", but in my effects level is unadjustable. I also used occasional levels of flanger, and as a result of pitchshifting, cuttings and moving of different sounds with the aim of maximum approximation of "free vocalize" (as it was precripted by author) to the score, additional electronic effects appeared, whose logic followed the principle of chance relative to their being in MY project this time.
Solo N11 is a vocalize in upper register based on dots that show approximate placing and power of tones.
Solo N84 is the same but not limited by only upper register and containing letters and syllables from last 64 lines of "Finnegans Wake" by Joyce.
Solo N67 is based on use of extreme voice registers exaggerated by electronics (Yutta sings both upper and lower sounds in this recording). Lyrics from a dictionary of geographical terms. This solo can be accompanied (and actually is) by the sound of a pile-driver.
Solos NN42, 41 - 2 feedbacks and 3 feedbacks.
Solo N35 is compounded from musical and literature (from H. D. Thoreau's Essays of Civil Disobedience) lines that must be combined on interpreter's choice according to special formula. Definitely following author's instructions I recorded my version, but after that I have added my own remix from several instrumental mini-fragments of Marilyn Manson's "Burning Flag" to my voice and my own a bit "extremist" live performance art in a red stocking on my head, what corresponds with Cage's directions that electronics must exaggerate rythm in common and that an artist should flap black flag of Anarchy or of All World.

The work was showed in the following programs:
"Domestic Videoopera Fest In Memories of Anna Theremin" (2004 September, center "Dom", Moscow), "Daniil Suter's Marks Blond project" (2005 April, Dada squat, Zurich), "Ivan Kupala Holiday" concert (2005 June, center "Dom", Moscow, fragment), "Dmitry Cheglakov And Friends" concert (2006 January 18th, National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Small hall), "Jhon Cage - Vladimir Martinov" (2009 December 24, Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory, as a part of 45' Cage-based performance), in "Time Canvas" 2013 fest (Belgium), in the "Protest songs" program.
Another version of this work, less successfull (so called "stereoversion" with solo №17 instead of solos №№11 and 84) was showed in some other programs.

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