This radio show will take you on a trip to various places in cities and countries. A canon-like conversation between city and country surrounded by field recordings from Austria (Vienna, Tirol), Italy (Ligura) and Switzerland (Valais) highlights the good and the bad sides of both. There are moments when they harmonize and fit seamlessly together, but sometimes they repel each other. You will listen to cows, people, waterfalls, birds, fire, cars, thunderstorms, trains and many other sounds.
Some field-recordings will be recognized from the very first listening but you will also hear recordings were you can´t be sure whether it is in a city or on the countryside. And maybe there will be the desire to be at one of those places. But whether you find yourself in a city or on the countryside, there will always be the longing for the countryside when you are staying in a city and the other way around.
Kazimir Malevich (Russian, born Ukraine: 1878–1935), Suprematist Painting, c.1915-16,Oil on canvas, 49 x 44 cm, Wilhelm Hacke Museum, Ludwigshafen
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.