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TITLE
Im Erwachten Garten
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CD

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STAUB 094CD STAUB 094CD
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RELEASE DATE
3/31/2009

Contemporary German novelist, writer and translator Dietmar Dath (b. 1970) reads Im Erwachten Garten (trans. In The Awoken Garden), a hitherto unpublished "alternate version" or "looking glass text" of his polyphonic novel Die Abschaffung Der Arten (The Abolition Of The Species), with musical interpretation by Kammerflimmer Kollektief. In this story, animals explain the meaning of love, war and history to human beings. The animated, unpredictable and ever-changing environment is ably supported by the Kammerflimmer Kollektief, who musically illustrate the map to a secret original text which lies beneath the published novel. Text becomes music, music becomes legible. These are two voices: that of the text and the voice of sound, which whispers, susurrates and coos, like a Pentecostal flame. This voice is essentially unknowable, yet it is intimately tied up within the substance of the text, like evening beauty wrapped up in reverb. A drum kit invokes the beating of a human heart, an echo resounds. Tonal matter seems to be organized in lines; the sounds map a layout of the ear so that the narrative assumes a lyrical texture.