Trilogie de la Mort / Non-Face
An exceptional experience: “Trilogie de la Mort”, a milestone of minimalist electro-acoustic music, will resound through the large Zeiss-Planetarium. Éliane Radigue’s three-hour-long cycle was inspired by the “Tibetan Book of the Dead”.
With “Trilogy de la Mort”, MaerzMusik presents one of the masterpieces of the French electronic music pioneer Éliane Radigue (*1932), diffused by François J. Bonnet aka Kassel Jaeger under the starry dome of Europe’s most modern science theatre. A landmark of minimalism and deep listening, the three-hour cycle was created between 1988 and 1993 and is inspired by texts from the Buddhist “Bardo Thodol”, The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Time-defeating music that has been described as at the same time monu- mental and infinitely discreet. In the first part of the evening, the Berlin sound artist Robert Lippok (*1966) and the Argentinian digital artist Lucas Gutierrez (*1985) perform a live version of their work “Non-Face”, which provides the visual identity of MaerzMusik 2020. Putting the Zeiss Great Planetarium’s cutting-edge audio-visual technology on full display, “Non-Face” explores a field of mathematics that also serves as an inspiration for Éliane Radigue's work: non-manifold geo- metry, where objects look realistic but cannot exist in the real world.