Tod Dockstader - Apocalypse
  Year :   1961
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Tape Composition
  Materials:   -
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  Work Details  
  Apocalypse followed Luna: I wanted to do something heavier, thicker in texture, more unruly and alarming - a concrete Deis Irae. The slowed (creaking)doors and the cat-cry toy are central to it: they provided the threat and despair I wanted (the cat-cry toy was a little round box with a picture of a cat on it which, when you turned it upside down, emitted a thin, pathetic little cry - slowed[on tape], it became, I thought, heart-wrenching). The passage of Gregorian chant, in Part Two, was used as a vocalization of the door sounds - Im always looking for sounds of different timbres that express the same emotion. The inclusion of Hitler (tape-echoed into gibberish) in the last part is from my radio childhood, when I heard his broadcasts in the late thirties: I didnt understand a word, but the terrifying sound of it (made stranger by the shortwave phasing) stayed with me. The sonic boom(s) were almost the only sounds I had that had originally been recorded in stereo: the sound materials in all my work were, originally, almost all monaural, recorded all over the place in a time before portable stereo tape recorders (the live cat in Part Four sang one night outside our apartment window in the Village: I hung a mic out the window for most of the night, recording his arias). Sound Sources First Part * orchestral chimes * voice * generator * sonic boom (jet) * pie tin * piano Second Part * various doors * generator * Gregorian chant Third Part * cat-cry (toy) * chimes * drum * voice * oilwell * piano Fourth Part * generator * bamboo flute * chimes * hollow tube * a live cat * piano * jets * cymbal * voice (Adolph Hitlers) * drum Accessed 15.11.06 from