Ryuichi Sakamoto & Your Sounds
Updated: Feb 2, 2021
This AT HOME ART DATE combines music, words, and the sound of things for building fairy tales.
(element one) WATCH:
The trailer for the documentary CODA about the composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
If you have a subscription to MUBI, CODA is so worth watching.
(element two) READ:
This selection from the play JERUSALEM by Jez Butterworth.
PHAEDRA. You ever see one? Here?
JOHNNY. One what?
PHAEDRA. A real fairy. Or an elf. In this wood? You ever seen one?
JOHNNY. I've seen a lot of strange things in this wood. (Beat.)
I've seen a plague of frogs. Of bees. Of bats. I seen a rainbow hit the earth and set fire to the ground. I seen the air go all still and all sound stop and a golden stag clear this clearing. Four-teen-point antlers of solid gold. I heard an oak tree cry. I've heard beech sing hymns. I seen a man they buried in the churchyard Friday sitting under a beech eating an apple on Saturday morning. When the light goes, and I stare out into the trees, there's always pairs of eyes out there in the dark, watching. Foxes. Badgers. Ghosts. I seen lots of ghosts. I seen women burn love letters. Men dig holes in the dead of night. I seen a young girl walk down here in the cold dawn, take all her clothes off, wrap her arms round a broad beech tree and give birth to a baby boy. I seen first kisses. Last kisses. I seen all the world pass by and go. Laughing. Crying. Talking to themselves. Kicking the bracken. (Beat.) Elves and fairies, you say. (Beat.) Elves and fairies.
(element three) RECORD:
Using the Voice Memo app on your phone, talk a walk outside for about five minutes or more, and record whatever sounds appear. Once you are back inside, sit down and listen to what you have recorded.
Now, write a one-page fairy tale that takes place with your recorded sounds as its soundtrack.
I hope you find Ryuichi Sakamoto & The Sound of Things a compelling At Home Art Date.
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