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last book of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” provides
the basis for the twelfth part of the radio opera (as did the other
eleven for the corresponding episodes) and is about the final expulsion
from Paradise and the foretelling of what humankind will experience
outside happy gardens: confusion of tongues, religious wars,
futilities, faith. Believing that everything will turn out all right in
the end Adam and Eve leave the place where they gained insight in high
spirits, and the cherubim take over to guard the entrance to
u2n11 describe what their paradise can be like today:
“Paradise today – a place of bliss and satisfaction. In a world characterised by work, precarious labour, overtime as well as growing speed, it is perhaps slowness, deceleration and serenity that could characterise paradisial conditions.
The reference to Babel also introduces a second theme: that of the diversity and hotchpotch of languages, although we do not see multilingualism as a burden or curse. Sometimes poetry can arise from lack of understanding.”
PARADISELOST XII BABEL uses and draws on passages from the Kauderwelsch-Manifest I and II by Level Ltd./Blablabor from the years 1999 and 2000, plus field recordings from Bikini Atoll and from various motorway sections in Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.