The workshopping is proceeding well. Quite amusing. Free Theatre is working on a diversity of Kagel pieces with a few favorites starting to emerge. Gao Ping has sent through 5 pieces for the ensemble of musicians in different combinations and there are 2-3 pieces he will play by himself with vocalizations in between. We had a Skype conversation with Hamish McKeich this evening and made plans for intensive period coming up. While we were talking the troupe rehearsed Kagel's 'Kontra Danse'. The movements really started to come to life with the addition of objects: a bicycle tyre, a bucket, a mannequin, a bike wheel, a toaster.
Music has also been a scenic event for a long time. In the nineteenth century people still enjoyed music also with their eyes, with all their senses. Only with the increasing dominance of the mechanic reproduction of music, through broadcasting and records, was this reduced to the purely acoustic dimension. What I want is to bring the audience back to an enjoyment of music with all senses. That’s why my music is a direct, exaggerated protest against the mechanical reproduction of music. My goal: a rehumanization of music-making!
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