An Interview with Cu Rua
10'' Vinyl record
This record assembles words and parts of a recording-and-collecting-fieldtrip through Vietnam. Coming with 2-colour offset-printed cover and sleeve with linernotes. Recordings and composition: Peter Strickmann / Mastering: Flo Brendle / Design: Manuel Wesely, www.mmm.do
I went to Hanoi in order to interview Cu Rua about his exhausting momentary situation and his legendary former youth. Cu Rua was a male freshwater softshellturtle of the species rafetus swinhoei. He was ancient and the legend around his brave past is famous all over Vietnam.
On 19 january 2016 he was found dead in his Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi. His voice, his story is now pressed in vinyl and may be conserved for some coming centuries.
In the depths of Cu Ruas' foreign language we are listening to tellings about his 600 year long life: youngster fights against the Chinese Ming, taxonomy and sex in question, the coming extinction of a species, rubber tube biting and patriotic vanities in between the waves.
I sat down next to the noisy moped-rush at the concrete shore of Hoan Kiem Lake and awaited Cu Rua. During some rather cool days of January 2013, i switched on my recorder and dipped my hydrophone in the muddy water of...
Xin cám on:
Jan Ehlen and Alexandra Zimmer, Pham Van Thong (biggest thanks!) and Nguyen Thu Thuy and Tim McCormack (Asian Turtle Program, Hanoi), Truong Phuoc Tien (Tin Tin) and Ngo Vi Dan (Da Lat Easy Riders), Rendevouz Hanoi Team, Luc (Hanoi), Prof. Mai Dinh Yen (Hanoi National University), Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thao (Ti) and Le Hoang Thien and Tran Khanh Linh (Can Tho), Phan Dien Huong (Mushroom) and Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha (Ho Chi Minh City), Kha (Duong Dong), Prof. Peter Werner (TU Dresden), Christina Kubisch, Georg Winter, Frédéric Ehlers, Martina Wegener, Mung and Philipp (Homburg), Pham Kien Trang (Hanoi), Manuel Wesely, Elizabeth Pich.