THE ARREST - Yannis Kyriakides
Performed by Ensemble MAE
First performed in June 2010 at the Poetry International Rotterdam, and subsequently recorded in MuzyQ, Amsterdam,
September 2010 by Micha de Kanter, mixed and mastered by Yannis Kyriakides.
The Arrest is based on a dream of George Perec, from a collection of 150 dream narratives, published
in 1973 as La Boutique Obscure. The particular dream used in The Arrest is typical of one of his
recurring nightmares, of being stopped and arrested by the police, a fear that he perhaps carried from
the experience of his parents, who were deported and killed in the holocaust. This is even brought to
the fore in The Arrest in references to his Jewish heritage and the discomfort he felt regarding his pro-
Palestinian political standpoint.
DREAMS OF THE BLIND - Yannis Kyriakides
Performed by Ensemble MAE
conducted by Bas Wiegers
First performed February 2007 at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, and subsequently recorded in MuzyQ, Amsterdam, March 2010
by Clare Gallagher, mixed and mastered by Yannis Kyriakides.
The metaphor of the blind dreamer seemed a fitting starting point to the exploration of text films
with music because there is already an articulation of some medium gone missing. In this piece we read
accounts of dreams that have not come about through visual sense perception, nor a sub-conscious
processing of image data in the mind of the dreamer, but largely through the senses of hearing and
touch. This is in some way reflected in the experience of watching and hearing the composition, the
sense of absence of the visual medium. The concept of voice is also explored in the piece, in that just
as we form images in our minds while reading the dream texts, we also hear our mind’s voices reading
the text to the music, some way of putting the voice of the reader/listener at the centre of the music.
Dreams of the Blind was awarded the Willem Pijper Prijs by the Johan Wagenaar Stichting in 2011.
SUBLIMINAL: THE LUCRETIAN PICNIC - Yannis Kyriakides
Performed by Asko | Schönberg
conducted by Jussi Jaatinen
First performed at the Festival in de Branding, October 2003, the Hague and subsequently recorded live at the Paradiso,
In 1957 James Vicary, a market researcher claimed that over a six-week period, 45,699 patrons
at a movie theatre in Fort Lee, New Jersey were shown two advertising messages, ‘Eat Popcorn’ and
‘Drink Coca-Cola’, while they watched the film Picnic. According to Vicary, a message was flashed for
3/1000 of a second once every five seconds. The duration of the messages was so short that they were
never consciously perceived. Despite the fact that the customers were not aware of perceiving the
messages, Vicary claimed that over the six-week period the sales of popcorn rose 57.7% and the sales
of Coca-Cola rose 18.1%. These claims turned out later to be false, but techniques he used caused nationwide
unrest at the time. People became fearful about being susceptible to these kinds of subliminal
Subliminal: The Lucretian Picnic is an audio-visual composition which weaves together fragments
from the 1955 film Picnic with animated text from De Rerum Natura by Lucretius (Rolfe Humphries’
translation). It uses subliminal techniques with underlying texts about the nature of fear, of images
and sleep and such like philosophical musings. This is intended to explore the powerful connection
between images, text, sound and music that lie on the threshold of our possible perception. How they
affect each other’s meanings, and how our perception changes depending on the type and amount of
information it is fed. The piece takes the form of dream essay where fragments of film, soundtrack,
music, and psychoacoustic electronic sounds are combined in constantly shifting polyphonic textures
to produce an overall disorientating effect.