IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE -
text by Samuel Beckett - music by Michael Roth
music/theatre chamber piece for recorded voices, laptop, and string quartet
demo recording and slideshow/trailer of the first 9 minutes
demo recording and slideshow/trailer - excerpt from the conclusion
Two slideshow/videos from IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE,
using the demo (digital) recording of the strings, mixed with the voices
In IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE, the string quartet is the protagonist, listening
and responding to what they hear - akin to Beckett's KRAPP'S LAST TAPE or EH JOE -
The string quartet approaches a laptop on a table. Each player in turn, one at a time,
presses the space bar and hears the recorded line,"No trace anywhere of life," -
and then each player presses the space bar to stop it. Each member, as they hear the
line, puts on an ear piece (to hear the click track) - and each presses the space bar as often
as needed to make sure they hear everything they need to hear (the click and the voices)
in order to proceed. This is repeated as necessary until everyone is ready.
Finally, a player presses the space bar one last time, and the piece continues on -
the quartet hears the voices and Beckett's text (essentially a description of an object and
a set of instructions and directions) - and plays the music set before them,
as that is their response - -
lots of pro tools editing on the voices in the first 8 minutes - click to enlarge
For more details about the piece, click here.
For the complete Beckett text, click here.
For the complete score, click here.
For further information, please contact the composer.
Thanks to the actors whose voices are featured on the
Thanks to Mr. Beckett for, among many other things,
Samuel Beckett on vacation in Morocco, 1978
photo by Francois-Marie Banier