Luminaire is a process-based performance inspired by the reverse engineering in 2006 of the earliest known vocal recording, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s phonautogram of the folk lullaby Au Clare De La Lune (1860).
Luminaire was performed in three versions, with varying degrees of pre-recording, liveness, and overlaying, over the course of a week in and around the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton for Unframed, the University of Brighton MA degree show 2013.
Au Clair de la Lune - lyrics
By the light of the moon, my friend Pierrot, lend me your quill to write a word. My candle is out dead, I have no more fire. Open your door for me, for the love of God.
By the light of the moon, Pierrot replied; I don’t have a quill, I am in my bed. Go to the neighbour’s I think she’s there. In her kitchen someone is using the lighter (striking stones to make a spark).
By the light of the moon likable Lubin knocks on the brunette’s door. She quickly responds; Who is knocking like that? He replies; Open your door, for the God of love.
By the light of the moon, one could barely see. The quill was looked for, the light (source) as looked for. With all that looking, I don’t know what was found. But I do know the door was shut behind them.
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