"At the very beginning, when I was talking about my radio play project, I had used the word "clip" to describe what I was imagining. But once I began working on it, I realized that what I was doing was a sonic metaphor for the literary technique of short story writing.
Short forms that all tell a story, or describe a situation, an atmosphere, but in a sketched-out way only. An indirect, surrealist way of story telling, full of allusions yet using realist material. It's also a way of leaving the listener (I was about to say the viewer) in anticipation, perhaps even frustrated at not getting an ending to each anecdote told.
Each novella is constructed around a small event: a sound, an atmosphere, a soundbite, a random word spoken with feeling by the voice being heard. They offer multiple paths for the audience to go down or abandon, threading in and out of one another across several different languages—the musical, the noisy, the realist, the artificial, and finally Spanish and French.
Speaking of paths, the present one is a staircase that keeps coming back, like a theme. The idea that there's a place in Madrid called The Staircase of the Blind has fascinated me, like a poetic reality, or rather a surreality. But also like a symbol of what I was doing; a composition with sounds, for the radio. And as everyone knows, radio is for those whose heads are bursting with images." Luc Ferrari
Co-founder of the Groupe de Recherche Musicales in Paris (GRM) with Pierre Schaeffer in 1958, Luc Ferrari (1929-2005) is a pioneer and a major figure of musique concrète and electroacoustic music, soon to pave his own path of individualistic expressions of minimalist music, musical theater, field recordings, orchestral music and soundtracks.