TATATATA

Duration: 5:03

 

cello & soundtrack

double bass & soundtrack

Written in 1998 for René Berman with financial support from FPK.

 

 

TATATATA DUO

Duration: 5:03

tenorsax, baritone sax & soundtrack

This duo version was added in 2006, thanks to Flemish saxophonist Thomas van Gelder.

 

The use of ‘ready made objects', or ‘objets trouvés’ in modern art started in the early 20th century with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. The French poet Guillaume Apollinaire also worked with ready-mades, adding fragments of speech that he happened to hear in the streets of Paris.

Tatatata is one of my first speech melody based compositions, and it would have been impossible to create it without a sampler and a computer.

Tatatata is based on a sound recording of just 3 seconds of an old man remembering meeting Apollinaire as a child. It was shortly after the Great War and the wounded poet took the little boy on his knee, while singing a military tune, it went like ‘tatatata’.

The sound fragment was expanded and compressed by means of time stretching. The sample turned out to be full of unsuspected musical qualities, resulting in this little 'theme and variations' piece. The apotheosis is reached when in the final bars the voice of Apollinaire comes from a creaking old phonograph, reciting one of his most famous lines: ‘vienne la nuit, sonne l’heure’.

 

TA TA TA TA

TA TA TA TA

TA TA TA TA

TA TA TA TA

TA TA TA TA

 

VIENNE LA NUIT, SONNE L’HEURE’

 

 

CELLO ( OR DOUBLE BASS)  € 30

 

TENOR & BARITONE SAX  € 35

 

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CD recordings:

TATATATA: René Berman

TATATATA DUO: Johan van der Linden & Willem van Merwijk

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