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Three Poems from the Bulin File

for clarinet, tape, video and slides

Year:  1990   ·  Duration:  12m
Instrumentation:  electroacoustic tape, proj video, mobile video, slides, with music theatre elements

Year:  1990
Duration:  12m
Instrumentation  electroacoustic tape, proj ...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

Films, Audio & Samples

Sample Score

Sample: Page 1

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Sample Video

Sample: Excerpt from 'Three Poems From the Bulin File' by Juliet Palmer Camerman: Simon Rabie. Text by Gu Cheng.

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Gu Cheng, the exiled Chinese poet whose poetry and person form the basis of 3 Poems, lived on a small island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. The video images are of Gu Cheng and his poet wife Xie Ye on Waiheke Island, animations of Gu Cheng's disturbingly whimsical drawings and the poem's Chinese text. The tape uses diverse sounds and music - cooking oil, a Russian folksong sung in Chinese by the couple and - potatoes!

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Film and Video Fund (now Creative New Zealand) and the New Zealand-China Educational Foundation

Text note

Text: Gu Cheng

Performance history

Performed by Juliet Palmer (music, video & projections) at Auckland University School of Music in November 1990