We’re premiering our street theatre and (virtual) street organ spectacular, Half cock, in about eight weeks time. The mechanics of cutting a 2.5m rooster in two, leaving one half live and the other half ready for the barbecue, are quite complicated, so last night we were scouring around for a bit of costume inspiration on YouTube and elsewhere.
Some things we knew already–for example, unlike most other animals, cockerels are almost exclusively portrayed in profile. But others were at least partly new.
A couple of weeks ago we were reintroduced to Eastern Bloc cinematics starting with a showing of the superb 1960s Czech Western, Lemonade Joe, and we particularly enjoyed the Russian stuff we saw last night.
Of particular interest was Sergei Gordeev’s Большой петух (“Big cock”, 2006), whose second reel is in narrative terms roughly identical to the Demi coq fable as known for example in France, which had a considerable influence on Russian fakelore.
Intriguingly, however, the first reel uses a jealousy motif I think (I’m stranded without notes or even Aarne-Thompson) I’ve only encountered in versions from what was once the Ottoman Empire, from the Rif through Egypt and extending north through Turkey to Kosovo (a couple of other Russian versions don’t use it):
The bullfight scene is, of course, my favourite, but for me nothing in this animation approaches the comprehensive brilliance of Старик и петух (“The old man and the cock”, 1984), which is an extremely simplified tale of a rooster saving his master by surmounting a series of obstacles:
I struggled a bit figuring out the techniques–it looks to me on this screen like surface relief collage mixed with early computer work, but I could most easily be wrong.
The third example, Почему у петуха короткие штаны (“Why the cock wears shorts” (?), 1966), was more of a struggle for someone who only recognises a couple of dozen Russian words, but again the visual style was a delight:
Are there any Russian-speakers out there who’d be interested in adding subtitles to the first tale?
- What’s it like being stuffed up a rooster’s arse?
Half Cock looks to a Tuscan witch for inspiration.
- I am a totalitarian Martian black hole
Portraits in profile are for Ancient Egyptians.
As Master of the Universe, I was talking the other day to the giraffe from Madagascar about flea circuses. He wants one, but said that using real fleas was cruel.
Wait, said his cat, I represent the true animal kingdom, and I think they deserve it.
Yeah, said …
- Mis 25 canciones favoritas con kazoo / My top 25 kazoo songs
Con Nathan, Captain Kazooz, Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, Toy Dolls, Provizorka Jazz Band, The Savoy Orpheans, Beat Farmers, Dionne Warwick, Susan Christie, Del Shannon, Syd Barrett, The Cure, Toby Keith, Dion, Eric Clapton, The Kinks, Monsieur Mirliton, Jurassic 5, Queen, Mound City Blue Blowers, Frank Zappa, Red Hot Chili Peppers / With Nathan, Captain Kazooz, Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, Toy Dolls, Provizorka Jazz Band, The Savoy Orpheans, Beat Farmers, Dionne Warwick, Susan Christie, Del Shannon, Syd Barrett, The Cure, Toby Keith, Dion, Eric Clapton, The Kinks, Monsieur Mirliton, Jurassic 5, Queen, Mound City Blue Blowers, Frank Zappa, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- Castlewood busker organ
Rather taken with Castlewood = 20 note (which notes?) (MIDI file on site). 375mm (15″) wide x 300mm (12″) high x 290mm (11.5″) deep – ie wee bit bigger than my Dell opened up. Photos of kit & construction. 2008/6/16 complete kit price 1420AUS = 860EUR, possibly plus 3.2% European tariff. US 810€inc PP Profile of …
- Automata YT channel
Playlist to g(r)o(w):
Stuff like this should be fittable onto the MIDI slot assigned and purchasable on that basis from various. How to drive karaoke-style screen subtitles for songs from MIDI track?