PARADISELOST I - XII
blown backwards into the future
"The humankind's disobedience and the followed lost of the paradise thereupon" John Milton described shortly the second marked adapted Edition of his master piece "Paradise lost" 1647. PARADISELOST I - XII will get on the tracks of the today's lost paradises within 12 broadcasts in 2012/13 at the ORF/Kunstradio. Like the blind author - but at another level of the senses - the musicians, composers and artists of this radio art serial will try to bring to the ear the spaces, ideas, dreams, imaginations and wishes which are driven by one or more paradises or the lost of them.
Each of the broadcasts is dedicated to one of the twelve books. The titles refer to locations and spaces where Milton's text / books are about. Each broadcast has its own title photography which is the initial point for the particular score. The broadcasts of this radio opera are produced as a serial but also self-contained.
PARADISELOST VII FIRMAMENT (live via OE1 KUNSTRADIO 27.01.13 23:03)
is inspired by the experiences what Dimitra Pemousi and Manolis Manousakis accumulated by living in Athens during the last elections this past June. Through a series of interviews taken from April to the end of the summer it became obvious that the economic and political crisis in Greece would be their main thematic. Editing the interviews and dividing the material in chapters they created a parallel story to Milton’s. Their episodes (like in Milton’s work) are divided in 12 chapters; each chapter is inspired by a unique character that is found in the original work. Finally they substituted the original characters, such as Satan, God, Jesus and the angels, with people they interviewed at the streets of Athens and audio samples taken from TV political talk shows.
The audio samples are taken from a series of interviews questioning a random selection of people . The questions are inspired by Paradise Lost. The interviewer asked, amongst other questions; have you found your paradise? Is there a paradise? Do you think we live in paradise ? Although these questions are clichés, the political situation between 2009-2012 in Greece and the results of the economic crisis, which greatly affected the lives of most Greek residents, lead to answers that where characterized by their statements against the political regime and the high-class nomenclature. The final result was a plethora of answers that where relayed to the project .
Also a series of recorded soundscapes at open-air political speeches, radio talks, tv political talk shows, rallies and protests consist of an audio mosaic serving as a background that transforms the action from chapter to chapter. The same way work the voice improvisations by Savina Yannatou. Inspired directly from Milton’s text, they were made into songs with a voice lyricism that resembles Paradise or Hell.
In exchange with the LIVE STREAM from Radio Athens Marold Langer-Philippsen will alter through comments and interview parts from divers sources based at the same questions like "have you found your paradise? Is there a paradise? Do you think we live in paradise?" at the KUNSTRADIO-Studio in the ORF Vienna.
LIVE from RADIO ATHENS / Research/Interviews: Dimitra Pemousi
LIVE from RADIO ATHENS / Music: Manolis Manousakis
Songs and voice improvisations Savvina Yannatou
Double Bass / Dimitris Tigas
text: Dimitris Botsos
poem ITHAKA by Ntinos Christianopoulos
Main Interviews by
LIVE from KUNSTRADIO, ORF, Wien: Marold Langer-Philippsen