À la recherche d’un temps perdu
In 1958, when working in Paris, Luciano Berio made sound recordings of five musicians. He edited the tracks in the Studio di fonologia musicale in Milan. With this material, he created one of the first pieces combining electronic music with live performers. In Différences, the original model of five instruments coexists with an image of itself that continuously changes until the moment of complete transformation. Thus, the performers of the piece communicate with a hardly recognizable older version of themselves.
Berio was also involved in the establishment of Tempo Reale, the prestigious Florence based studio for electronic music where Simonluca Laitempergher realized Watchamacallit. Whilst cleaning out the parental house, Laitemperher found a cassette in a dusty attic with remnants of non-lived experiences. This surprising confrontation was the starting point for yet another conversation from and with bygone times, in which coagulating fragments of family souvenirs finally dissolve in the shadows.
Berio’s Jewish-American student Steve Reich used to regularly commute by train for several days across the United States, between New York and Los Angeles, from father to mother and back again. Later on, a gruesome awareness grew: had he lived in Europe at that time, he would have been in another transport, as millions of his co-religionists. In Different Trains, Reich blends a string quartet with the recorded sounds of trains as well as interviews with Holocaust survivors.
Loss, difference, time …
Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Simonluca Laitempergher (°1980)
Steve Reich (°1936)
Different Trains (1988)
SPECTRA, conducted by Filip Rathé