Morfydd Clark and Arinze Kene with some familiar and some distinctly unsettling readings and music. Follow an uncanny thread linking Poe, Britten, Miles Davis and Stevie Smith.
A programme exploring both the familiar and the eerie in music and readings, which are performed by actors Morfydd Clark and Arinzé Kene. The idea of the uncanny is associated with a sense of being unsettled and Freud published an essay in 1919 - Das Unheimliche - in which he looked at horror, disgust and idea of hidden and repressed experiences and emotions. This selection of words and music takes listeners on a path through stories, poems and sounds by Edgar Allan Poe, Benjamin Britten, Miles Davis and Stevie Smith among others.
Producer: Torquil MacLeod.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
The Uninvited, read by Arinze Kene
Ghost House, read by Morfydd Clark
Edgar Allan Poe
The Fall of the House of Usher, read by Arinze Kene
Some Dreams They Forgot, read by Morfydd Clark
Original Residents, read by Arinze Kene (taken from Lip, published by Smith Doorstop, 2007)
Welsh Incident, read by Morfydd Clark
Weather Comes, read by Arinze Kene
The Visitation, read by Morfydd Clark
D. H. Lawrence
Bat, read by Arinze Kene - Taken from The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence: The Poems (c) 2013 published by CUP, Reproduced by permission of Paper Lion Ltd and the Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli (the proprietor)
The Little Stranger, read by Morfydd Clark
Illusions, read by Arinze Kene
The Horses, read by Morfydd Clark
W. B. Yeats
The Apparitions, read by Arinze Kene
Fairy Story, read by Morfydd Clark
Producer's Notes: The Uncanny
[I found the following notes in my junk mail folder, apparently sent from my own email address. I had never read them before. I have no recollection of writing them. They proved invaluable in constructing this programme]
Sense of being watched
The appearance of life in the inanimate – Olympia in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann (adapted from Freud’s original source) and Delibes’s Coppélia. The Statue comes to life and drags Don Giovanni to hell.
The sense that our homes – safe and comforting - carry echoes of those who occupied them before us – eerie, unknowable - Original Residents (Catherine Smith). Deserted buildings shelter these memories more vividly – the fragment of wallpaper, broken furniture - Ghost House/Robert Frost.
Some ghost stories – Turn of the Screw (Henry James), The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters) – especially at a point when source of phenomena is still ambiguous.
Elements that make music unsettling. Tritone (Debussy’s String Quartet). Shepard tone – sense of infinite rising or falling scale – all over Hans Zimmer’s Dunkirk and Inception scores. Incorporating minor 3rd into major key melody. Progression that doesn’t resolve. (What makes Great Expectations by Miles Davis feel like it does?)
Producer: Torquil MacLeod""Added, go to My Music