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The New Günter Pröpper on:
..Although it is not an every
year venue at the Tour de France, the Mont Ventoux is a symbol like no
other for the most famous bicycle race of the world.
A mountain of contrast and
antithesis, from a forest at its foot the racers step into the light and
take up the challenge against the mercilessness of the sun.It is a place
where like on the moon it would be senseless to be, wasn't there the ideas
of man and with them the media. Just like one seems to burn in the torturing
reflection of light and heat in summer, so one would freeze to death in
winter. So what for should somebody climb this mountain with his bike,
in order to ask which question to the life, to challenge which judgment?
Naturally a recording like this cannot deny associations with the Simpson story. But hard evidence is not given in the words. The character remains metaphorical.
In the construction of the
piece the 'Flow' of the cyclists is inheritent, the superficial regularity
and monotony, which becomes more vivid by closer observation.
The question after the sense
of the obsession about the perfection of the human machine finds itself
here in the question of the necessity of forcing metric equality in music.
Breaking it in the pop radio context in 2001 is challenging the question
of the inevitability of machinasation of music like the one of sport in
the same moment.
Underpainted by the rumbling of an imaginary summer thunderstorm, shaken from the hits of the road, the racer is now alone with himself and his thoughts around his most difficult task, the attack on the victory which will remain, the question after his life.
Like the Tour de France, the recording must either fascinate, hypnotize, or bore. Depending on the observer who either experiences the race as an eventless eversame rolling along to the eversame sound of the bicycles or does not feel the length at all, is seized by the dramatics of waiting, waiting for the moment to come when at the mountain suddenly a driver escapes and the dynamics of the race come into being.
Eventually the racer is helpless:
he asks his legs to win, in the struggle against fatigue doping becomes
hope, neutrition. He knows the verdict is to be spoken today on him, his
career, his life.
Is it the mountain who chooses or is it the racers who conquer. A philosophical question which opens up a bigger metaphorical context and takes the recording beyond sport...
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