Thursday, June 21, 2007

Reel to Reelly Cool


Danish Composer Else Marie Pade

Okay, I was meant to find this pic on the net. How cool was this woman? So I looked her up.

Eighty-two-year-old composer Else Marie Pade is a phenomenon in the history of Danish music. As a child she was often ill and bedridden. She would listen to the sounds around her... on the stairs, from the yard and the room next to hers. This is where her audio universe began. During the Second World War, she was arrested by the Gestapo and placed in solitary confinement. Rather than despair, she began composing music on the bare prison walls, where she scratched the notes with the fasteners on her garters. After the war and her discovery of the concrete music of Pierre Schaeffer and the French avant-garde, she realized that the sounds resembled those she had heard in childhood, and that this was the music she really wanted to compose. She became the first Dane to devote her life to concrete music-and to electronic music-but had to wait fifty years to be "discovered."
--from the International Festival of Films on Art website

Wow. That's inspiring. The next time I read some sob story from some current twenty something, upper middle class born, emo troubadour who claims he/she went through hell and its hand basket to get their music written, recorded and heard, I think I'm gonna shed a single tear. Not for them. For the mere thought they can't see past their own level of "comfortable suffering" to realize that there exists pretty substantial history of musicians before them who genuinely had to struggle to make it through.

I dunno. Maybe I'm being unfair. A bit bit-chay. But maybe "I wrote this number one emo hit to deal with a breakup" just pales in comparison to "I wrote my music on a prison wall to avoid a mental breakdown".

Anyway, I got some heavy home work to do on this great Dane of a dame, Else Marie Pade. Inspiration is best enjoyed when it is discovered by accident. Funny, I was just googling "pastries", and she was the Danish to emerge. Kidding. But you knew that. I had meant to type in "pasties".


A more current pic of Else Marie, from the documentary, "Sound On Life"

currently listening to: Wendy Carlos, A Clockwork Orange, the Complete Original Score

5 comments:

Allan said...

That is an amazing story. Perspective...
talk soon
xo
a

AC@44 said...

great story .. I love these "I was ment to finds this" moments .. very cool ..

Godwhacker said...

No, you are not being bitchy at all. Life requires perspective. What an inspirational story.

I've had a rough few years, a few years back. My health was nonexistent. I was reading my journals from that time. I was worried about living and dieing.

Then I looked at what was bothering me this week. My credit card raised my interest-rate. No life or death now, just 15.9% v.17.9%. Suddenly, it seemed trivial, and the fact of the matter ~ it is.

Faerie said...

Keep missing you... damnit!!!

bonjourtristesse said...

hey all...yeah! weekend!

Hey Allan, still ridin' the Cowboy Junkies high? Great stuff! Yeppers, a little daily dose of perspective goes well with the apple! talk soon, dearest! XO

Hey AC...enjoying the new White Stripes? thanks man, I love these good finds...like a thrift store score! take good care see ya soon!

GW!!Thanks for the reassurance that I wasn't being creepy!! LOL!

I'm so sorry to hear about your health troubles, my goodness that must have been so awful, our health is so the most valuable currency. How are you feeling these days...I must say your mind is wonderfully sharp and witty and so very very in tune with all that is good in this crazy world. Good healthy brain power you have indeed!

Oh those credit card companies...a plague on all their houses! Frustrating yes, but rejoice for everyday of good health and the love of those nearest and dearest!

Be well GW...talk soon!! XX

Faerie!!! Darn it...what's going on, sistah, are we two opposite ends of the magnet? We need to turn it around and connect! LOL! Try to meet up this weekend eh?? Wanna hear all your news!!!