Friday, May 06, 2016

Kai-Uwe Kohlschmidt - Den Himmel Malen [Major Label 097 Promo]

Set for release on May 30th, 2k16 via Major Label is "Den Himmel Malen", the new audio play created and produced by Kai-Uwe Kohlschmidt, musically known for his involvement in the band Sandow also releasing via Major Label, who has been responsible for most of the labels audio play work so far.  Limited to 300 copies worldwide including the approx. 80 minutes audio play as well as a DVD Making-Of-documentary the piece itself works on two parallel tiers - one being the technical and production tier with all its difficulties and challenges that come with the dogma of an on-site recording approach, meaning that all scenes and cuts were recorded throughout a two weeks cruise on a sailing ship - location being implied by the storyline which happens to take place on a cruise as well - , without any studio recordings and with the actors being responsible for everything except navigation on board which introduces a special tension and bond between the folks involved whilst the second tier is the story itself which revolves around the exploration and investigation of the documents filed by the Stasi, the notorious secret police of the former GDR a.k.a. East Germany, about the fictitious painter Max Scharnegger. The story plot, in which Scharnegger, whose figure is inspired by the real painter Hans Scheuerecker, is confronted both with written documents and snitching activities of former comrades and lovers, is multi-layered and unveals surprising entanglements before Scharnegger finally meets his long-term patron who has played a quintessential, yet secret and undercover role throughout most of his artistic life.
With this audio play Major Label once again manages to approach a topic related to events in recent German, especially East German history in a fictional way that doesn't aim to explain, teach or indoctrinate but captures an imaginery snapshot, an episode that leaves room for the listeners own interpretations and reflections upon this specific period of time.

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