Epitaph fur Aikichi Kuboyama
By von Knobelsdorff and Munch. By Herbert Eimert. Listening CD. Wergo #WER 67732. Published by Wergo (NX.WER-67732).
Item Number: NX.WER-67732
With â€œstudio reihe neuer musikâ€, WERGO created a trademark of advanced contemporary music in the Sixties of the past century already. WERGO now releases these highlights of 20th-century music history in an excellent sound quality on CD for the first time.
â€œstudio reiheâ€ now continues with works by Herbert Eimert:
In view of recent events, especially in Japan, Herbert Eimert's piece â€œEpitaph fur Aikichi Kuboyamaâ€ has taken on a sad topicality today: When in 1954 the first hydrogen bomb, the so-called Bikini bomb, was tested in the South Pacific, the Japanese fishing boat Fikuryumara was approximately 130 km from the epicentre. All fishermen on board required months of medical treatment; the fisherman Aikichi Kuboyama died of radiation poisoning after five months and became the first long-distance fatality of the nuclear age. The poetic epitaph for Kuboyama, or more precisely the sound material drawn from the inscription spoken in German, forms the basis of the present tape composition: â€œOf all the sound spectra known to us, that of the spoken word is not only the richest and most complex, but also the one most similar to electronically produced sounds.â€ (Eimert) By using electronic equipment such as loudspeakers, tape recorders, amplifiers, and filters the stream of spoken words is always present under the surface as though the inscription on the gravestone constantly flows past the listener's ears in ever-shifting transformations of sound.
Eimert's â€œSechs Studienâ€ [Six Studies], composed immediately after â€œEpitaphâ€, was created from the same source material. In contrast to â€œEpitaphâ€ â€œSechs Studienâ€ uses only abstract musical sounds: that is, sounds in whose spectrum the spoken word can no longer be recognized.
The recordings were originally published on LP in 1966 (WERGO, WER 60014).
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