Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Steve is not happy




"Charlie Rose" By Samuel Beckett

Click the link for the 3 minute video. This is an independent film written and edited through Charlie Rose's famous interview show, that has Charlie Rose interviewing himself in the style of the great Irish minimalist writer Samuel Beckett. I read somewhere that whereas James Joyce would contintually add words and ideas to his pieces, Beckett would take away and chip away giving you less than the minimum amount. I would like to compose a piece based on the formal ideas of this short video, much like composers have done in the 20th century with Beckett's plays. Here's a transcript of the video, Charlie Rose on the Left, and Charlie Rose on the Right:

TEXT:

R): Welcome to the broadcast tonight, a conversation about the future of technology and the internet and mobile devices and all that, we talk to Charlie Rose for the first time, welcome. The future of technology coming up.

(Music introduction)

R): What will the web due to content, in terms of high cost, expensive, uh, time consuming cunt?

L): My perception is, eh-uh, bu-, ... (Pause) You would know this much more than I do. (Pause) Okay, tell me four or five of those that we ought to take a look at that are start ups that have a brilliant idea.

R): Microsoft and yahoo.

L): Microsoft ... yahoo.

R): Microsoft and yahoo.

L): Microsoft ... yahoo.

R): Microsoft.

L): Microsoft.

R): Yahoo.

L): Yahoo.

R): Micro-

L): -soft.

R): Ya-

L): -hoo.

R): Microsoft and yahoo.

L): (Pause) ehb ... Microsoft yahoo.

R): Why wasn't yahoo?

L): Yahoo. (Pause) Steve is not happy, with the process so far.

R): Microsoft-

L): Don't do that.

R): -and yahoo.

L): (Pause) Google? (Pause) Google? (Pause) Google?

R): No, we're not going to do that. I can never get, uh, Craig to talk to me about his economic model.

L): (Pause) Google?

R): No.

L): (Pause) Google?

R): No.

L): (Pause) Google?

R): No, we're not going to do that.

L): (Pause) Google?

R): Radiohead.

L): Blogs.

R): Google.

L): (Pause) Google? (Pause) Google? (Pause) Google?

R): Microsoft and yahoo.

L): (Pause) Google?

R): Microsoft and yahoo.

L): (Pause) Google?

R): Microsoft.

L): (Pause) Google?

R): Yahoo.

L): (Pause) Google?

R): Google. Yahoo.

L): Yahoo.

R): We're making all this money and our stock prices are going through the roof, and how can we use this advantage to enter new markets, to expand our market share to beat the hell out of everybody.

L): Steve is not happy.

R): What's going to happen?

(Long Pause)

(Outro Music)

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