Heaven Burocracy

In Lifestyle by Max

Ricardo Domeneck (*1977) ist Lyriker, Peformancekünstler und Autor. Als Herausgeber der Onlinemagazine Hildamagazine und Modo de Usar ist er auch so etwas wie die inoffizielle Vertretung der brasilianischen Lyrikszene in Berlin (z.B. hier). Auf deutsch ist von Ricardo in diesem Jahr das Buch „Körper, ein Handbuch“ im Verlagshaus J.Frank erschienen (Übersetzung Odile Kennel, Illustration Annemarie Otten). Mit Ricardo verbindet mich eine jahrelange Zusammenarbeit und Freundschaft, die bis an meine Anfänge im Literaturbetrieb zurückreicht.
Die Soundarbeit „Heaven Burocracy“ ist das Ergebnis einer fortlaufenden Kooperation (hier) mit dem deutschen Musiker und Performer Markus Nikolaus (*1989). Markus ist Sänger der Band The Waves & Us (Wolf + Lamb Records, sehr schöner Track) und als Solokünstler unterwegs (CuntCuntChannel) . Kürzlich ist von ihm und Louis McGuire die Single „Muddy Waters“ (TRUST Records, Frankfurt, hier ein Rmx) erschienen. Wie üblich beim Kombinat findet ihr unten ein Interview mit einigen Fragen zur Zusammenarbeit und dem Zusammenhang von Text und Sound.

E-Mail Interview mit Ricardo Domeneck

How did you and Nikolaus join for this project?

I met Markus in 2012, at a concert by Anika in Berghain. We stayed in touch and he then organized a performance for me in Frankfurt, at the 28 Steps Down Music Club. I performed my pieces and he closed the evening with a performance as Cunt Cunt Chanel, his solo project. It was on this weekend, in Frankfurt, that we decided to make one piece together. The result was „Don´t feed the poet“, our first collaboration. We became very good friends and when I was invited to create a piece for the Hélio Oiticica retrospective in the Museum fuer Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, I invited him once again to collaborate with me and then perform at the event. We then created our second piece, „Quede Qaddish“, about the missing people from the Brazilian Military Dictatorship times. Since then, we have created several others and performed together a few times.

What is it that interests you/ you two in joining text and sound?

We are both interested in text. Markus´s lyrics for his music project are very good and I have been working with sound and text due to my interest in performance and the Oral Tradition in poetry. The new technologies have brought new ways to present poetry, not only on paper, and we are exploring these possibilities.

What are the chances and dangers of this kind of work?

The chances are the possibilities to bring text work to audiences unaccostumed to readings. It allows Markus to explore different aspects of composition and allows me to explore new possibilities for writing, which would not work on the page. All the possible dangers are welcome.

 Tell us a bit about the production process! How did you work? How did the collaboration come along? How did you generate your ideas?

There are two different processes. In our first piece „Dont feed the poet“, for example, we worked together: as I read the text, he improvised on top till we reached a balance. We „jammed“… I with the text, he with the music. It was the same way for our piece „Animal sentinels“: we met in Berlin and jammed. But that is only possible when we are in the same city. As he lives part time in Frankfurt and I live in Berlin, sometimes we operate differently: I write the text and record it, the way I imagine it as spoken word and send him the vocals, and he then prepares the sound composition based on my vocals


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