#4 Christopher Butterfield / Andrew Hunter - Technollage II

I performed Ursonate for the first time in 1976, in Victoria, BC. Afterwards a woman came up to me and said she had heard Kurt Schwitters recite the piece in a gallery in London during the war, and that I had done it just like he did. Since then I've given Ursonate many times, and each time its truth as art has become more clear. In a world that is quick to imitate, it is still unique, and still resists assimilation – like the music of Webern, it will be-come more beautiful and more terrifying as time goes on, because we can never render it commonplace. Schwitters knew that, in using nonsense to communicate, he was bound to antagonise an audience, but I think he believed that by using the voice to project meaningless sounds, he could transmit ideas and emotions that truly did come from a primal place – not an ecstatic place, as the “speakers in tongues” may have desired, but a far deeper place, the basic human desires for warmth from the cold, security from danger, and the ability to understand one another without confusion.

After hearing a more recent performance I gave in New York in front of 800 people, a woman in the audience told me she thought I was crazy. No, I told her, I had spent twenty years performing Ursonate, and was com-pletely comfortable with it. Perhaps I gave the appearance of madness, but in fact all I had done was learn Schwitters' articulation of the soul, entered into his own free consciousness, and by doing so, was hopefully reaching towards my own. (Christopher Butterfield)


1. Kurt Schwitters / Gerhard Rühm Welt voller Irrsinn 0:45
2. Ward Weis Ursonate (ff) 0:35
3. Liesl Ujvary Allschwitters 1:46
4. Christopher Butterfield / Andrew Hunter Technollage II 2:40
5. Simon Kunath / James A. Smith UpyourUrsonate 7:20
6. Norbert Math / Andrea Sodomka BOTsonata, 1st movement / Rondo 4:59
7. Sergio Messina Tic / aaa part 1 0:42
8. Gerhard Jaschke alles stimmt, aber auch das gegenteil 0:32
9. Bernhard Loibner Big Ben 2:25
10. Norbert Math / Andrea Sodomka BOTsonata, 2nd movement / Largo 4:39
11. Josef Klammer Besenübung 1:56
12. Andrew Garton Towards Future Schwitters 4:35
13. Bill Furlong Spoken For / Spoken About 2:33
14. Hank Bull Schwitthop 5:18
15. Subtolerance (Robert Klajn / Gordan Paunovic) Schwittscetches 3:14
16. Kurt Schwitters / Gerhard Rühm Nießscherzo 1:02
17. NetRadioHomerun (T. Kogawa / J. Oenokiv / M. Saito / H. Tanaka) Waiting for Godot in Cyberspace 2:52
18. Debbie Boyko From dawn to dark 4:17
19. Bernhard Loibner Fümms Böö Wöö 1:44
20. Johannes Sienknecht einStimmen 5:06
21. Fundamental Radio (August Black / Markus Seidl) Slowschwitt & Country 3:00
22. Hartmut Geerken improvisation on a postcard from kurt schwitters to salomo friedlaender 4:57
23. Rupert Huber / J. Klammer / N. Math / A. Sodomka On Site Wien / Finale & Hartmut Geerken 7:32

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