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Wir Bauen Eine Stadt (We Build a Town)
LP, one-sided reissue of a very obscure 1981 cassette on Ata Tak! Music of Hindemith, interpreted by Holger Hiller and Thomas Fehlmann. "In 1930 the German composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) wrote a series of small pieces for school orchestras. It was described as a 'play for children' depicting the construction and survey of a modern city. The unusual thing about it is the age of its inhabitants: '
In our city the grownups have no say... Our mayor is seven years old, and all uncles and aunties are children. Even the traffic warden is a child.
We Build A Town
comes across as strange in more than one way. Firstly, as a bizarre alternative blueprint to an elderly society. Secondly, as a combination of constructivist music and antiquated-modernist lyrics. These lyrics reflect traits of naïve belief in progress and open repression. Half a century after the original was created, two German artists with a punk and new wave background reinterpret the play and release it in 1981 as a cassette tape on Ata Tak, a label based in the German city of Düsseldorf. The classic orchestration of the original is replaced by synthesizer and manipulated voices. Apart from that, the original score is strictly adhered to. The use of electronic instruments and voice effects not only gives new life to the futuristic character of the pieces, but also subtly hints to its origins in the world of adults. Like the flame of a burning fuse leading to a bundle of explosives, the tape wanders through the children's bodies and back into the heads of the grown-ups."
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