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Heiner Goebbels
Stifters Dinge

Heiner Goebbels conception, direction
The Fog
The Salt
The Water
The Wind
The Trees
The Thing
The Rain
The Thunder
El Sonido
The Storm
The Coast
Exhibition of Objects

Recorded October 2007

ECM New Series 2216

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Sounds, tones, noises, voices and texts converge in one of Heiner Goebbels’ most extraordinary acoustic creations. Is it a composition, environment, installation or sound sculpture on the grand scale? Its creator once described it as a composition for five pianos with no pianists, a play with no actors, a performance without performers, “one might say a no-man show.” Yet it is teeming with sound sources – ranging from Bach to chants of natives of New Guinea to Greek folk song, and overlapping voices of, amongst many others, Claude Lévi-Strauss, William Burroughs and Malcolm X. The work was inspired by the work of 19th century Austrian Romantic writer Adalbert Stifter, who meticulously documented the signs and sounds of nature.

Video about the project