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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Robert Sheppard: Rene VanValckenborch's Revolutionary Song (in colour)

Looking through some files I'd forgotten that I had a go at a colour version of one of the poems in A Translated Man. Available here. I thought I'd post it here, even it is slightly lurid. It sort of fleshes out the technique. It came to my attention because I have used the same technique (which I attribute to Rene Van Valckenborch rather than myself) to treat one of the EUOIA texts, 'Kybarti Junction' (by Jurgita Zujute, one of my inventions) to use as a three voice piece in rehearsal with Jo Blowers and Steve Boyland. See here for details of its first performance.

Revolutionary Song


                                                            after Bill Viola

the lone Fiat on the boulevard dissolves the crack
lone Fiat on the boulevard dissolves the crack of
Fiat on the boulevard dissolves the crack of thunder
on the boulevard dissolves the crack of thunder sounds
the boulevard dissolves the crack of thunder sounds like
boulevard dissolves the crack of thunder sounds like bricks
dissolves the crack of thunder sounds like bricks crashing
the crack of thunder sounds like bricks crashing birds
crack of thunder sounds like bricks crashing birds fleeing
of thunder sounds like bricks crashing birds fleeing the
thunder sounds like bricks crashing birds fleeing the sky
sounds like bricks crashing birds fleeing the sky dissolve

like bricks crashing birds fleeing the sky dissolve pearl-grey
bricks crashing birds fleeing the sky dissolve pearl-grey streaks
crashing birds fleeing the sky dissolve pearl-grey streaks caught
birds fleeing the sky dissolve pearl-grey streaks caught in
fleeing the sky dissolve pearl-grey streaks caught in sunlight
the sky dissolve pearl-grey streaks caught in sunlight the
sky dissolve pearl-grey streaks caught in sunlight the bleeding
dissolve pearl-grey streaks caught in sunlight the bleeding man
pearl-grey streaks caught in sunlight the bleeding man strung
streaks caught in sunlight the bleeding man strung up
caught in sunlight the bleeding man strung up in
in sunlight the bleeding man strung up in the
sunlight the bleeding man strung up in the tree
the bleeding man strung up in the tree dissolves


bleeding man strung up in the tree dissolves the
man strung up in the tree dissolves the banker
strung up in the tree dissolves the banker deliberately
up in the tree dissolves the banker deliberately looks
in the tree dissolves the banker deliberately looks bored
the tree dissolves the banker deliberately looks bored at
tree dissolves the banker deliberately looks bored at his
dissolves the banker deliberately looks bored at his trial
the banker deliberately looks bored at his trial the
banker deliberately looks bored at his trial the abandoned
deliberately looks bored at his trial the abandoned car
looks bored at his trial the abandoned car by
bored at his trial the abandoned car by the
at his trial the abandoned car by the lighthouse
his trial the abandoned car by the lighthouse dissolves

trial the abandoned car by the lighthouse dissolves the
the abandoned car by the lighthouse dissolves the Magic
abandoned car by the lighthouse dissolves the Magic Muslim
car by the lighthouse dissolves the Magic Muslim walks
by the lighthouse dissolves the Magic Muslim walks by
the lighthouse dissolves the Magic Muslim walks by the
lighthouse dissolves the Magic Muslim walks by the sandbags
dissolves the Magic Muslim walks by the sandbags the
the Magic Muslim walks by the sandbags the framed
Magic Muslim walks by the sandbags the framed photograph
Muslim walks by the sandbags the framed photograph of
walks by the sandbags the framed photograph of victims
by the sandbags the framed photograph of victims dissolves

the sandbags the framed photograph of victims dissolves the
sandbags the framed photograph of victims dissolves the slick
the framed photograph of victims dissolves the slick pornography
framed photograph of victims dissolves the slick pornography of
photograph of victims dissolves the slick pornography of stainless
of victims dissolves the slick pornography of stainless steel
victims dissolves the slick pornography of stainless steel glints
dissolves the slick pornography of stainless steel glints the
the slick pornography of stainless steel glints the spangled
slick pornography of stainless steel glints the spangled acrobats
pornography of stainless steel glints the spangled acrobats in
of stainless steel glints the spangled acrobats in mid-air
stainless steel glints the spangled acrobats in mid-air dissolve

steel glints the spangled acrobats in mid-air dissolve the
glints the spangled acrobats in mid-air dissolve the packing
the spangled acrobats in mid-air dissolve the packing case
spangled acrobats in mid-air dissolve the packing case tower
acrobats in mid-air dissolve the packing case tower blocks
in mid-air dissolve the packing case tower blocks rear
mid-air dissolve the packing case tower blocks rear up
dissolve the packing case tower blocks rear up at
the packing case tower blocks rear up at the
packing case tower blocks rear up at the day
case tower blocks rear up at the day blindfolded
tower blocks rear up at the day blindfolded men
blocks rear up at the day blindfolded men in
rear up at the day blindfolded men in dark
up at the day blindfolded men in dark cells
at the day blindfolded men in dark cells dissolve

the day blindfolded men in dark cells dissolve thunder
day blindfolded men in dark cells dissolve thunder vomits
blindfolded men in dark cells dissolve thunder vomits behind
men in dark cells dissolve thunder vomits behind the
in dark cells dissolve thunder vomits behind the screen
dark cells dissolve thunder vomits behind the screen of
cells dissolve thunder vomits behind the screen of rain
dissolve thunder vomits behind the screen of rain her
thunder vomits behind the screen of rain her curved
vomits behind the screen of rain her curved back
behind the screen of rain her curved back as
the screen of rain her curved back as she
screen of rain her curved back as she stoops
of rain her curved back as she stoops for
rain her curved back as she stoops for the
her curved back as she stoops for the bath
curved back as she stoops for the bath towel
back as she stoops for the bath towel dissolves

as she stoops for the bath towel dissolves blood
she stoops for the bath towel dissolves blood covers
stoops for the bath towel dissolves blood covers the
for the bath towel dissolves blood covers the priest’s
the bath towel dissolves blood covers the priest’s fresh
bath towel dissolves blood covers the priest’s fresh surplice
towel dissolves blood covers the priest’s fresh surplice the
dissolves blood covers the priest’s fresh surplice the blush
blood covers the priest’s fresh surplice the blush of
covers the priest’s fresh surplice the blush of the
the priest’s fresh surplice the blush of the winning
priest’s fresh surplice the blush of the winning beauty
fresh surplice the blush of the winning beauty queen
surplice the blush of the winning beauty queen dissolves

the blush of the winning beauty queen dissolves independence
blush of the winning beauty queen dissolves independence is
of the winning beauty queen dissolves independence is declared
the winning beauty queen dissolves independence is declared in
winning beauty queen dissolves independence is declared in the
beauty queen dissolves independence is declared in the regions
queen dissolves independence is declared in the regions the
dissolves independence is declared in the regions the leashed
independence is declared in the regions the leashed dog
is declared in the regions the leashed dog on
declared in the regions the leashed dog on its
in the regions the leashed dog on its walk
the regions the leashed dog on its walk dissolves

regions the leashed dog on its walk dissolves the
the leashed dog on its walk dissolves the melodious
leashed dog on its walk dissolves the melodious pissoir
dog on its walk dissolves the melodious pissoir of
on its walk dissolves the melodious pissoir of Ste-Catherine
its walk dissolves the melodious pissoir of Ste-Catherine sings
walk dissolves the melodious pissoir of Ste-Catherine sings walls
dissolves the melodious pissoir of Ste-Catherine sings walls of
the melodious pissoir of Ste-Catherine sings walls of butterflies
melodious pissoir of Ste-Catherine sings walls of butterflies dissolve

            pissoir of Ste-Catherine sings walls of butterflies dissolve rain
            of Ste-Catherine sings walls of butterflies dissolve rain settles
            Ste-Catherine sings walls of butterflies dissolve rain settles into
            sings walls of butterflies dissolve rain settles into the
            walls of butterflies dissolve rain settles into the easiest
            of butterflies dissolve rain settles into the easiest option
            butterflies dissolve rain settles into the easiest option the
            dissolve rain settles into the easiest option the gushing
            rain settles into the easiest option the gushing eaves
            settles into the easiest option the gushing eaves of
            into the easiest option the gushing eaves of tomorrow
            the easiest option the gushing eaves of tomorrow dissolve
           
trans Martin Krol: 30th July 2009/2 October 2009