Europe is the subject. Maybe the underlining subject of this Klangstück. Some existing languages - like the one used as material
for this piece - are evidence of a transnational reality sometimes forgotten and replaced by the history of the building of the nation-state over several centuries. Europe is an idea that for some time now has the apparence of a political whole, an imperial ambition sometimes mixed with universalism. But with boundaries. They are static, and if one decides to change them, then the question of sovereignty rises. War, conflict, bellicosity.
Citizenship is a nation-state characteristic, a part of the mechanics. Europe cannot be a political whole based solely on this nation-state model. But a European identity can emerge through the idea of citizenship built together from scratch, not a nation-state built and imagined by leaders.
The question of language is at the same time a quality and a difficulty in this construction. Back to boundaries.
The Rhine is the embodiment of a frontier where you can find sounds of what could be a European Heimat : East/West, North/South. We have a long way to go, all of us. Europe is a body with intestinal problems; full of subconsciously deliberate mistakes (actes manqués) and a wealth of several sickly personalities. And if we are winning on one side, we are definitely losing on the other. It is the minimum. But this is only a conversation.
Honi soit qui mal y pense is a cut up of archive samples recorded all over Europe. A plane over the Balaton lake, a voice in a train traveling through Switzerland, consumptive memories of a person born during WWII in a German town which today is French.
mABuSeKi is a former reggae bass player, reconverted to keyboard player, but still into reggae. He is a great admirer, mover and shaker of all matters related to radiophonics. Any complaints should be addressed to Paul.