‘Ja, ja, so schön klingt das Schreckliche’
An audionarratological analysis of Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit’s Lost & Found: Das Paradies
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This chapter analyses Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit’s radio piece Lost & Found: Das Paradies, which was originally staged in a live performance, from an audionarratological perspective, paying attention to how sound, music and voices contribute to storytelling in this adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost. More specifically, it shows how the radio piece, which is also labelled an ‘oratorio’, transgresses generic boundaries and employs metalepsis and a laying bare of its medial properties, among other features. The overall structure resembles a musical composition, thus nodding to the genre of the oratorio. To assess the radio piece’s neo-avant-garde status, the chapter draws on Harry Lehmann’s reflections on the avant-garde today. The main argument is that Ammer and FM Einheit, by creatively and playfully engaging with the original text while never compromising the art of storytelling as such, achieve a level of artistry that is intended to pay homage to Milton’s work rather than deconstructing it. The chapter thus demonstrates that ‘avant-garde’ and ‘neo-avant-garde’ are increasingly difficult to define at a time when artists have a range of different responses to previous art at their disposal.

Tuning in to the neo-avant-garde

Experimental radio plays in the postwar period

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