Isotopica today is a series of compositional performance, plumbing lessons, plumbing lessons that become performance, and collaborations with and excerpts from performances of The Clapton Ensemble. Please do not attempt any of this at home without a doctorate level composer present. (we ended up semi flooded in the making of this episode).
verb the actor’s attempt to plumb the twisted psyche of Richard III: explore, probe, delve into, search, examine, investigate, scrutinize, inspect, sound out, go into, understand, fathom, get to the bottom of, penetrate, unravel.
David Ellis and Tyszko, stroll around the labyrinthine shelves of the Getty Picture Library, where countless millions of prints, negatives, glass plates and every conceivable form of photographic image are stored and documented. At some point we find a trunk containing the archive of my long dead Brother Stefan Tyszko
Starting off this week with The barrow poets and their delightful ‘yellowfingered Girl’,
We listen to a classic recipe in the old style of the BBC for producing quality Heroin,
Listen to some field recordings of one of my recent trips to kabul with Pippa Small,
And finally wizz around Hyde Park with a delightful and singing Lilly, who happens to be an 8 year old girl and is sitting in the basket on my bike
This is the episode that starts off in a delicious amateurism with The Portsmouth Sinfonia,
I then ask you to consider what would the world be like if Mick Jagger were french, with a Gallic turner from the classic 60’s film Performance,
after which we veer sideways into last weeks end piece character 60’s avant-garde sound artist Alvin Lucier, this time he is performing and then discussing some of his work, and at some point he segues back into the fabulous Dr. Chicago character and then back into Artist Lucier, at which point i ask you to really meditate upon where one begins and another actually ends…… Patty Hearst,Captain Beefheart and some 78’s move us towards a sound recording of the security at the Really Free School and we limp toward the end of our hour with disgracefully disgraced sex therapist Wilhelm Reich or at least his Wife…..
On this weeks isotopic detour, amongst the irregular sounds and samples,
tyszko is in conversation with national treasure, actor Dudley sutton.
during this chat sutton reads through an excerpt of peter handke’s self
accuse. a classic piece of minimalist european experimental theatre from the 1970’s that may or may not become a film piece directed by tyszko.
Dudley also gives us a reading of one of his new poetry pieces called ‘the shitty committee”.
we can also see this beautiful film of dudley reading one of his poems in the grounds of the chelsea arts club
Starts off with a discussion of class and privilege with Pippa and Stewart Small somewhere in the Cotswolds,
We then veer off at right angles with Wim Wenders to the libraries of Berlin then neatly land somewhere in the Welcome Library with a brief excerpt of a discursive tour of the shelves with rogue enthusiast David Ellis, Somewhere in the mix is Dan Langton as Madam Daniella, and today we tail off with a few words from Dr Chicago
The unimaginably beauty and remoteness of the Hindu Kush Mountains
form the perfect setting for flawed jewel that is Kabul.
Few landings in the world equal the visceral otherness of this ancient destination.
video 12.31 simon tyszko