This radioplay is based on the unfinished gothic tale IGITUR - a collection of texts abandoned by its writer Stéphane Mallarmé in 1869.
A stream of deserted anthems, disembodied voices, morse signals, crank calls, corroded tapes, radio statics, counting games and wanderings through empty buildings.
A man wakes up in the middle of the night. Is there something there? or has something disappeared?
Outside are opaque constellations of stars, the radio plays random sounds from beyond and the phone is dead. It seems as if something has been accompanying him already all the time, stealing his identity by being a double. Trying to escape this double he leaves his room and outside on the stairs he happens upon more reflections, shadows and doubles.
He tries to conjure these multiples by counting steps and doors on the way.
Finally downstairs everything vanishes in the dark when all the sounds of the world enter the large open space.
music: Reinier van Houdt
text: Stéphane Mallarmé/Reinier van Houdt
voice: David Tibet
Thank you: David Tibet, Ossian Brown, Rita Knuistingh Neven, Andere Baustelle, Simon Lenski, Susanne Fröhlich, Sascha Sulimma