Dithyramb for Denisas
Script, music and mixing by Arturas Bumšteinas
Voice actors: Vytautas Tinteris (Denisas Denisovas), Šarūnas Nakas (Apolonijus Polonskis), Svetlana Bagdonaitė (Narrator), Birutė Mar (Narrator’s daughter), Karina Metrikytė (Host of the radio show), Irmantas Jankaitis (Gyromitra Esculenta), Benas Šarka (Fuzzy), Armantas Gečiauskas (Ambassador), Mikas Žukauskas (Ambassador’s interpreter), Aušrinė Benedikt (Jūratė), Vidmina Stasiulytė (Justė), Marija Rasa Kudabaitė (Jurga), Šalnė Bučiūtė (Cita), Audrius Pocius (Friend), Žilvinas Andriušis (Librarian), Nick Bastis (Commander)
Instrumentalists: Eglė Janauskaitė (flute), Dovydas Stalmokas (saxophone), Dominykas Vyšniauskas (trumpet, horns), Laimonas Masevičius (tuba), Gailė Griciūtė (piano), Arnas Mikalkėnas (accordion), Tadas Žukauskas (violin), Kęstutis Pleita (viola)
Singers: Svetlana Bagdonaitė, Gabrielė Griciūtė
Choir: Aušrinė Benedikt, Vidmina Stasiulytė, Šalnė Bučiūtė
Foley performer Benas Šarka
Recorded at the Audiovisual Arts Industry Incubator in 2014
Recording engineer Ramūnas Jasutis
Mastering by Arūnas Zujus
LP design by Vytautas Volbekas
Produced by Operomanija
Supporters: Lithuanian Culture Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
“Human being and meaning, fantasy and simplicity, kitsch and grandeur – we shall return to these dualities in a while, yet Audiokaukas does rear the variety that is possible only without the fear of stepping into the disorder existing outside the atomised society. There are multiple ways to approach the piece, however, the one that is perhaps the most significant and aptly directed by Bumšteinas himself lies in the parallel drawn between science fiction (often simply abbreviated as sci-fi) and a transitional state of being, abounding with illusions and uncertainty, gradually dislodged by standardisation and drive for profit, a state we look upon with nostalgia today.
A similar nostalgia is brought about by the 1990s’ television programme “Videokaukas”, which, prior to the widespread use of the Internet, furnished our field of visual signs with diverse oddities from the West, semi-legally broadcasted movies, video clips, reviews and “Tales from the Crypt” – ranging from fantasy to science fiction. Many recall themselves glued to the kinescope TV set with its convex screen and weird colour cast, while the entire room, from carpet to sofa, was filled with a voice of technology and fantasy enthusiast Rolandas Maskoliūnas.” (Edvardas Šumila, musicologist, philosopher)
The audio performance Audiokaukas by a Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas (b. 1982) was inspired by books published by Eridanas Publishers in the Science Fiction Golden Series and the programme “Videokaukas” broadcast on Lithuanian TV in 1990. The author of the performance devoted several years to reading the books from the series and watched the films demonstrated in the programme “Videokaukas”. He drew the inspiration for the script from more than a hundred books read and films watched.
The script of the Audiokaukas is a peculiar concentrate of fantasy literature in the form of a story combined using collage principle. It is an episode of several days and nights in the life of a young talented chef, Denisas. At the beginning, the protagonist’s everyday life is depicted in fragments, presenting his extrovert, hedonistic character (Denisas = Greek Dionysos). The defining moment in the story occurs when Denisas, cooking one of his dishes, suffers food poisoning caused by false morel (Lat. Gyromitra esculenta). However, the effects of poisoning do not manifest at once; they are gradually revealed to the listeners of the performance.