Finnegans wake by James Joyce introduced frequent hybrid words and ambiguities of language. In Landscape with figures II, this novel was used as a huge reservoir of texts.
The Ensemble text fragments draw sounds from a passage with musical descriptions. The pathos implied by the text is contradicted by the music, through whispering, brushed Tam-tams, and a soundfield recording of ventilation sounds.1 Whispering through the instruments distort the text, especially through the narrow embouchure of a contrabassoon.2
Example 47: AJ Ensemble text 1.
text 2 uses the same text. Instead of being spoken, the text is being
"written" with sticks over the surfaces of percussion
The text has been translated to gesture, through the action of
Example 48: Ensemble text 2, Huddersfield.
1 Recorded in the hallways of Rokkans Hus, Bergen.
3 The technique of "writing" on a tam-tam has been used by Klaus Huber.