BABEL is a large-scale musical structure celebrating the multiplicity of musical language and evolving technologies as the 20th century came to a close.
Originally released as a 5-CD set in 1999, the first 3 CDs contained 'rooms' within an imaginary Tower oF Babel (a kind of aural virtual reality) and the other 2 CDs contained KBBL - the Tower's fictitious radio station, together with live circus music from the Tower.
Each of KBBL's 4 'shows' has its own style and atmosphere. Collaborating with DJs, writers, actors and singers, KBBL is made to sound like a real radio station with ads, traffic reports, phone-ins etc.
A now-deleted CD called Babel - Volume 1, containing early versions of The Morning and Leisure Pursuits Shows, was released in 1996
THE MORNING SHOW: (part 1) You Must Be In, President Hillary And The Sherpas, Walter Ego's Weekend; (part 2) The Seventh Angel's Flying Dream, Nanda In The Bar, Fun Crime Hotline, Brunswick Leaves.
Big Bob Mubarek written and performed by William Monigold; vocals and lyrics on You Must Be In, Nanda In The Bar and Fun Crime Hotline: Elena Lopez; James Bond impression: Peter Vollebregt; Mohammed O'Shaughnessy written and performed by Finn McGinty; high speed commercial written by Eoghan Nolan; other voices: Risteard Cooper, Helen Bledsoe, Roger Doyle (deep voice) and 123 Dun Laoghaire College Of Art students (Big Bob Mubarek!!).
SURFACE DU MONDE: L'amour d'une Poule Au Ritz: vocals and lyrics by Séverine Angele, and accordian by Jan de Vries.
Lettuce Is My Hair Well Watered: uilleann pipes by Brian O'Huiginn and violin by Sacha Kraleva.
Ronda Be Bastos: words and shrieks from Elena López.
Cultures Mondiales with the voice of Cecile Mescam, and low whistle by Brian O'Huiginn.
Au Fond Du Jardin: vocals and lyrics by Barbara Gogan, and saxophone by Leo Barnes.
I May Never Come Back: vocals and lyrics by Elena López.
Occasional announcements in French: Tim Brady.
TRAPEZE IN FULL-MOON NIGHTS
4 acts from an imaginary circus.