The Hafler Trio

Resurrection: Live in Sweden

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Sometime in the 1960s, John Cage envisioned making a music performance out of cooking, and even performed on more than one occasion by drinking a glass of water with a contact microphone attached to his neck. Possibly in the same spirit, five Scandinavian avant-garde performers played "Resurrection" live on Swedish National Radio, a piece for "two actors, six cookers, crockery, six baths, live mixing via two PA systems (one stereo, one six-way surround), slides and audience." The photograph on the accompanying poster shows the two actors with the pots on the stoves, and many of the sounds on the piece can be attributed to using the crockery as percussion. The piece alternates between tranquil drone sections and various percussives, from a repeated drum rhythm that returns periodically to different scraping sounds. The baths don't play much of an audible role, although there is a section of swirling water about halfway through. Like any recording of a theater piece, a great deal is lost in the translation to a simple recording, especially given that the live performance included six-way surround sound. But the unifying rhythmic and drone elements provide an alternate compensation, and it is interesting to hear what these performers, who normally work only with electronic compositions, do with a live audience.

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