31 dicembre 2013

La tecnica del celebre gioco collettivo surrealista cadavre exquis - volendo, buono anche per liquidare il vecchio anno - è stata applicata con infinite varianti in molti ambiti diversi. Una recente versione in musica è stata curata da Kavus Torabi, coinvolgendo nella realizzazione amici e colleghi - ci sono JG Thirlwell, British Theatre, Bob Drake e Weasel Walter tra i molti - ovviamente ignari (o quasi) del contributo degli altri partecipanti: gli esiti in tredici risvolti sono in The Exquisite Corpse Game, per l'etichetta Believers Roast.

Exquisite corpse is a method by which a collection of images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence until finally the whole completed picture is revealed. This technique invented by the Surrealists is similar to the old parlour game, Consequences, in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution.
The Exquisite Corpse Game is a unique musical collaboration based on these rules. Once the first 'fold' was recorded each artist was given only the last 20 seconds of the previous composition and had to continue by recording instrumental music in any way they saw fit. Whether they chose to develop themes or take an obtuse 90 degree turn was entirely up to them. Each 'fold' had to be a response to the 20 seconds they were given and be between one and four minutes long. None of the contributors heard the entire piece until the final 'fold' had been completed