The main themes of this video are lost
memories, dreams, music and knowledge. The Campanile (bell tower) in
Piazza San Marco in Venice, is a symbol of the constant in contrast to the
illusion of time and events moving forward, represented here by cyclic
imagery of floating gondolas.
also creates a personal intertextuality within my own musical and visual
output. The inclusion of melodic fragments sampled from recordings I have
made in the past, act as signifiers to personal experience but remain open
to wider interpretation. The
text spoken in German includes the title of the last of Gustav Mahler's Rückert
Songs: 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen' (I have lost track of the
world). Although none of Mahler's music is present in my piece, my spoken
text connects to the idea of the individual finding a private heaven, a
place of repose. Ergebnis translates from German as 'Conclusion'.
"Ich bin zu dem Ergebnis gekommen, das ich bin der Welt abhanden
gekommen. Es tut mir leid…Ich sage. Was ist los?…mit Träne den Augen…er
spricht..niemand ist hier jetzt. Wir sind der Welt abhanden
have come to the conclusion, that I have lost track of the world. I'm
sorry..I say. What's wrong?...with tears in his eyes..he speaks..no-one is
here now,we have lost track of the world."
The song fragments for soprano come from my song 'Across This Land', with
lyrics that describe a journey towards a spiritual landscape. Within
the main structure of the music there are also fragments of piano music,
jazz vibraphone and trumpet, as well as electronic sounds and further sung
material. The film is constructed through a similar process to the music,
to achieve a multi layered effect. The property of light on and through
different surfaces and objects is one of the main features which can be
observed throughout the film.
which have influenced the creation of the music, include 'Ships in Embrace
of the Endless Dark Ocean', by Ivana Ognjanovic written for the multimedia
tour 'Ultramarine'. This work samples the opening of Dialogue of the wind
and the sea from Debussy's orchestral piece 'La Mer' . Another reference
point for Ergebnis is 'A Parisian In Paradise' Anthony Pitts' 45 minute
multi-layered re-creation for Radio 3 of Paris in 1943.
the conclusion of this work I hope to achieve a meta-narrative through the
layering of different music, related images and text associations.
Ergebnis is a work in a state of flux, so that transformations of its
components, addition or subtraction of intertextual elements may occur as
time moves on, as the piece is re-recorded, performed or exhibited.
This short film was created to be shown within the context of a
gallery space. Please contact Ian for further information.
Song' sung by Edith Peck
violin - Michael Peck
'Across This Land' (extracts) sung by Sharon Jones
voices, piano, electronics - Ian Harris
Ian Harris 2006©
Ian Harris 2005