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a taste of 2001
Odyssee for three sopranos, eight instruments, video and sound installation, with excerpts from the short story
"The Sentinel" by Sir Arthur C Clarke.
(co-author Susanne Stelzenbach)

Performances: November 8, 9 and 10, 2001 in the Kulturbrauerei Berlin, Kesselhaus

Soprano: Maacha Deubner, Ksenia Lukic, Katia Guedes

Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin

Narrator: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Video: Nico Felden

with the support of the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt and the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, with fund from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

The famous science fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Stanley Kubrick and Sir Arthur C. Clarke is the starting point for this music-theatre-installation. The film provides formal points of reference for the piece. The temporal cuts of the film between each shot and each sceen determine every change of musical events. Every bar represents a cut in the film. The musicans are playing with the timecode on the screen. The complete duration of the piece is 2h 09 min, like the film.

"A Taste of 2001" is not intended to simply repeat the story. It is more concerned with the personal experience of space through changes in position and perspective, and with the way we experience time through the simultaneousness of different events. The idea is to develope a musical parallel structure to the film, a tightrope walk balanced between distance from and nearness to the film and the year 2001.

"A Taste of 2001" links together several layers of content. A sound installation consisting of 5 iron, sound-emitting plates hanging in the room, video projections, and live performance all exist in close proximity, creating an irregularly divided theatre of action which the visitor must discover for himself.

The 11 voices (3 sopranos and 8 instrumentalists) correspond to the number of characters in the film, but no instrument is assigned to any particular person. In a recording created for this project in Summer 2001, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has read excerpts from his short story, "The Sentinel," written in 1948. This story provided the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick´s film. The video component fulfills two functions: the complete project is coordinated by displaying the exact time, and satellite images of the earth, provided by the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt and the NASA (live via internet), are superimposed on the performing space during the course of the piece.
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