TATATATA

Duration: 5:03

 

cello & soundtrack

double bass & soundtrack

Written 1998 for René Berman

with financial support from FPK

 

 

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TATATATA DUO

Duration: 5:03

tenorsax, baritone sax & soundtrack

arranged in 2006

special thanks to Thomas van Gelder

 

 

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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 the soldier  Apollinaire as a child during the Great War of 1914-1918. Apolinnaire had returned wounded  from the battle fields. He took the little boy on his knee, and sang  a military tune, 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,( les jours s'en vont, je demeure.)'

CD recordings: René Berman / Johan van der Linden & Willem van Merwijk on 2CD+DVD box JacobTV-Shining City Basta 3091742.

 

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