A recording of the performance will be broadcasted by Deutschlandfunk Kultur on Nov 30, 2018 at 12.05 am in the program Klangkunst.
Marie Guérin: Recorded Songs Don’t Ever Die – Side B
For this musical performance, Marie Guérin works with sound recordings that linguist Wilhelm Doegen made in German prisoner of war camps in 1915. These phonographs are now part of the Humboldt University’s Lautarchiv. Doegen “collected” prisoners’ songs, sung in a variety of languages and dialects, among them also Breton, the language of Marie Guérin’s ancestors. Guérin rearranges these songs to explore questions on the nature of recording and reproduction: why do we record sound in the first place? Is it possible to enter into a dialog with these songs and sounds? Can they be transformed into music suitable for the 21st century? What are the ethical questions that listening to and working with Doegen’s recordings entail?
The performance is based on the radio play Même morts nous chantons (Deutschlandfunk Kultur/France Culture/Studio for Electroacoustic Music, Akademie der Künste, Berlin) and was awarded with the Prix Phonurgia Nova in 2018. The radio play will be broadcasted by Deutschlandfunk Kultur on Nov 9, 2018 at 12.05 am in the program Klangkunst.
Part of Der Ohrenmensch