A live recording made in our studio in Schöneweide, Berlin, 2014.

Charybdis

Sound: Sleep Signal (Evelina Taunyte, Steven Kovar)
Camera: Evelina Taunyte. Recorded around the Greek islands near the the Turkish coast
Editing: Steven Kovar
Text: from the “Odyssey”, by Homer, ca. 1185 BC

The monsters Scylla and Charybdis are thought to represent a rock and a whirlpool in the Strait of Messina, which separates Sicily from mainland Italy. 

So they sent their ravishing voices out across the air
and the heart inside me throbbed to listen longer.
I signaled the crew with frowns to set me free - 
they flung themselves at the oars and rowed on harder, 
Perimedes and Eurylochus springing up at once
to bind me faster with rope an chafing rope
But once we’d left the Sirens fading in our wake, 
once we could hear their song no more, their urgent call - 
my steadfast crew was quick to remove the wax I’d used 
to seal their ears and loosed the bonds that lashed me. 

We’d scarcely put that island astern when suddenly 
I saw smoke and heavy breakers, heard their booming thunder. 
The men were terrified - oar blades flew from their grip, 
clattering down to splash in the vessel’s wash. 
She lay there, dead in the water, 
no hands to tug the blades that drove her on.
But I strode down the decks to rouse my crewmen, 
halting beside each one with a bracing, winning word..

A video revealing our working process in the studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0bkU2Xg8Ns&t=42s


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