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About Postnuklea rekviemo

Rekviemo : from esperanto - requiem, noun from Latin, accusative of requies ‘rest.’ A musical composition setting parts of a Mass, or an act of remembrance for the repose of the souls of the dead.

Postnuklea : from esperanto - postnuclear, adj. After a nuclear accident or era

"If it’s true these words seem to mention a kind of apocalyptic situation after a nuclear plant accident, it is needless to say that my goal, of course besides questioning the place and the utility of civil and military nuclear endeavors, is also to imagine a future where nuclear energy will be nothing more than a sad memory of  humanity. This requiem is both a musical prayer for the nuclear consequences on past and present lives and above all a projection where we will celebrate the ending of this technology. 60% of the instruments were recorded thanks to photovoltaic energy. I’ve intended to produce a composition reminiscent of my teenage musical thrills, a kind of « Tommy » and « Quadrophenia » by Pete Townshend, « The Wall » and « Amused to Death » by Roger Waters, « Tubular Bells » by Mike Oldfield, Thick as a brick By Ian Anderson, « Dream, Nightmare and Dawn » by Ravi Shankar family and friends, or a « Ceremony » by Pierre Henry & Spooky Tooth. I hope I have managed to do it.

Often,  people ask to me to clearly define my musical style. To me, it is not easy. My music is made with modal music from North India, blues, progressive rock, concrete and electronic music as well as symphonic music…

A well-advised man suggested the word "impressionist", in the way my music evokes and communicates impressions. I believe it is the best summary to define my music and more particularly an opus like Postnuklea rekviemo."

Jim Petit




Voices from Posnuklea rekviemo

Movement #1

Julian Huxley - biologist - 1946 : What has been done for destruction and war could also be done in the interest of peace and well-being.   How ? That is another question. What matters is that it is possible.
 
Mittlach's children running out  of their class room for morning playtime - November 2015 : - cries of joy - we are not tired... we are tired, we are not tired... - cries of joy - here is Jim !!!  - cries of joy...

Movement #2

Broadcast archive (1958) after Windscale atomic pile's accident - UK : The famous Windscale's incident which, by all accounts, could not happened, has already cost the country more than 5 million English pounds. That is why it needs more than Sir MacMillan's self-assured declarations to convince the British people that A or H bombs are, all in all, harmless. 


Voices from Three Mile Island nuclear plant (US broadcast - 1978) : An accident in the water cooling system at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, forced the company to call a general emergency and shutdown part of the plant for a non-specified period.

Everything is under control. There is and was no danger to public's health and safety. There was a small release of radiation to the environment. All safety equipment functioned properly. Metropolitan Edison has been monitoring the air in the vicinity of the plant constantly since the incident. No increase in normal radiation levels has been detected.

Valery Giscard d'Estaing - after Chernobyl - French tv 1986 : I believe that, firstly, we have to reassure the French people. The cloud you were talking about is a cloud  whose radioactivity, in any case, is dangerous for the population.

Movement #5 :

Albert Einstein  - the 1st of july 1946 - Columbia Broadcast (after the 4th atomic bomb explosion - Bikini atoll's testing area ).

We must remember that if the animal part of the human nature is our fault, the thinking part is our friend. We do not have to wait a million years to use our ability to think, it is not depending on time. We are using it everyday of our life. We can and must use it now or human society will disappear in a new and terrible dark age of mankind, perhaps for ever.

Movement #11 :
 
Shoji-san, a farmer from Iitate, forbidden zone - Fukushima Daishi - Japan - 2011 : Having to evacuate and just discard our home is so devastating. I wanted to test how much radioactive cesium is here. So I planted these cabbages. How many years will it be before we can grow vegetables here ? That’s what I’m worried about. Honestly speaking… will I be able to grow safe vegetables on my land in my lifetime or will I die first ? I’m anxious about how things will turn out. I’m just so sad. I must part with my animals. They’ll be gone in about a month.

from " Nuclear refugees : the people of Iitate - Japan " - documentary by Ian Thomas Ash

Movement #12 :

Youth's Strasbourg opera choir - 2017: Ŝanĝiĝu (esperanto - become the change)

A Chernobyl's liquidator - 2012 : That was my job, I do not regret, I am proud of nothing, it is like that. Contemporary atomic energy would not exist. I hope that events in Japan will awake people's conscience and that they will realize the danger.