Oskar & Alma

Oskar & Alma is a piece of poetic sound theatre, in podcast form, based around the short, yet life-long relationship between Alma Mahler and the painter Oskar Kokoschka. ⇒

Hi, I’m Rudiger Meyer, a composer interested in the play between music, sound, and media. This site, my home on the web, is part documentation, part experimental playground. It is also a place for writing – from notes & tweets to more extensive articles.

Since 2019 I’ve also been involved in creating and helping establish a platform for poetic podcasts (mostly in Danish). I’ve written about the process of creating some of those productions here.


Poetisk Podcast #9: Lyttepost (Listening Post)
Sound and text: René Jean Jensen

In Lyttepost, the philosopher David Hume is quoted as saying that there are no connections between things and events, only coincidences. Can that be true? What about time, the past; what about the seasons – do they also coincide, do they overlap? Is a drop an isolated event, does it want something itself? Can you hear the difference between 11 and 10 stones thrown into the water? What does it sound like when no stone is thrown into the water? Is the silence someone’s, is it nothing, is it a thing? And what is ‘nostalgia’?

The podcast is the second of five productions in the series Poetisk Podcast sends 2050, where poets were invited to choose from 5 titles as a point of inspiration. René dealt with topic of Thing/Nothing, particularly in the ‘experiments’ in the podcast, as well as in a more figurative sense in relation to the concept of ‘nostalgia’ and the feeling that the bandwidth of the ‘now’ contains many ‘things’ that one doesn’t discover in the moment (and therefore experiences/hears as ‘nothing’).


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