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Cadavre Exquis

Red Door

Photo of the door to my little home studio, made by my eight year old daughter

There is not much to say about this piece of music besides some technical aspect of the way I produced it. As always I have done this song exclusively with ‚Reason‘ my software of first choice by Propellerhead from Sweden.

Three Drawings made withe the Cadavre Eyquis method

‘Cadavre Exquis’ Drawings I made with my two daughters when they were at the age of five and eight

I am not very much into Guitar music, but for this song I made six audio tracks with three different guitars. And here is how I find the title for this song:Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, (…) by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed. (…) The technique was invented by Surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called 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. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching. (…) The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game, „Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.“ („The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.“)“  I took this text from Wikipedia.

4 different type of guitars

I used this guitars for ‚Cadavre Exquis‘

I took a sample from Cosey Fanni Tuttis Track ‚Ritual Awakening‘ from her CD ‚Time to tell‘ and create a bass sound as basis. After that I recorded the guitar tracks, each without listening to the other ones, like in the game ‚Cadavre Exquis‘. I played two electric guitars with different techniques. Most of the parts were recorded with an E-Bow but I also treat the guitar strings with a little ‚Hello Kitty‘-fan. One can hear a toy guitar with not tunable strings at the end of the song.

CD 'Time To Tell' by Cosey Fanny Tutti

‘Time to Tell’ by Cosey Funni Tutti, Conspiracy International CTI93 004

I used some samples of my own field recordings, too. Some of the material was recorded under a metal motorway bridge near ‚Bundesplatz‘ in Berlin. I named this samples ’singing cars‘. You also can hear sounds of my dishwasher and a woodpecker in my backyard and some other recorded stuff.

Spooky sounds under a bridge

Under this bridge I recorded the ‚Singing Cars‘ Samples with my Zoom H2 Pocket Recorder.

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