VT009 | Karim Haddad: reflections

On the 9th episode of Vortex Temporum podcast, Paris based Lebanese composer Karim Haddad (Beirut, 1962) offers us a piece of sound art composed by a mixture of excerpts of his own music, reflecting on texts by Friedrich Hölderlin, Antonin Artaud and T. S. Eliot.
The composer himself leaves us some notes to contextualise this episode.


From Hölderlin’s “reflections” [Notes, fragments] on the poetical process, a statment concerning the core of “true” poetics (artistic/musical/poetic production):

“The utmost truth is when in itself the error becomes also truth, because in it’s whole system it is placed at the correct time and the correct space. It is the light that illuminates itself and the night as well. True Poetry is when the unpoetic becomes also poetic, because whithin the whole of the work, it is uttered at the right time and at the right place. But to do so, a swift conceptual understanding is most necessary. How to find the right place at the right time, if you still linger frightfully over it and don’t know how much there is to it, or how little can be made of it. It is eternal serenity, joy of Gods, to place everything in its correct place within the whole; [totality] That is why without understanding or ordered feeling, through and through, no excellence, no life.”

This “CodPast” is shaped as Hölderlin’s formulae and should be self explanatory.

Excerpts of works by Karim Haddad: First Attemped Escape from Silence: Tunnels [2005], from the opera from the opera ” Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence” // Noch eins ist aber zu sagen… [1998], for 2 sopranos, fl (dbl-bass), cl (bass/dbl-bass), french horn,trbn, elec. guitar, string orchestra and electronics // La prédestination au labyrinthe ou de la tellurique de l’esprit [1992], fixed media // Ash-Wednesday [1999], fixed media // Etude 9a [2022 – in progress]

Texts by Friedrich Hölderlin, Antonin Artaud and T.S Eliot.

Note: All excerpts are mixed and don’t appear in their original form.

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