”La terre, il se pourrait bien après tout que ce soit une espèce
de merveilleux petit appareil enregistreur, plaçé là par on ne sait qui,
pour capter tous les bruits qui circulent mystérieusement dans l’Univers.”
Pierre Reverdy - ”En vrac” - 1929

”J’entends tous les bruits de la terre grâce à mes oreilles et mes nerfs de cristal
dans lesquels circulent le feu du ciel et celui des volcans.”
Michel Leiris - ”Le point cardinal” - 1927

"Go, go, go! ... Go! go! ..."
John Lee Hooker


Fragmentings of Things

"Fragmentings of Things", originally provoked into being by Adam Buck’s 18th century Irish painting, "Tambourina", of a woman using a large tambourine to shield her head from the sun, is a collaborative work that questions the boundaries of tangibility and voids: a drummer talking about the physicality and communality of his craft; materials falling onto the surface of a drum; the emptiness of the cavity hidden beneath this tactile contact and its resonance and sounding out of darkness, like the body itself whose singing falls on the eardrum, as James Joyce wrote, “into the deeps” to lie quiet as moss as a memory of some temporal placing between the senses close to the life of death.
This film is a highly personal reverie on the physicality and craft of drumming by a percussionist as he beats, taps, scrapes and strokes the different surfaces and materials he explores. Roger Turner has for many years been at the forefront of defining different extremes of percussion, working around the world with musicians and artists.

A film by Barry Lewis and Emil Charlaff
devised and composed by David Toop
Percussionist  & dialogue : Roger Turner
Voices: Elaine Mitchener

    Part 1 

    Part 2

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