Conversations with the Anthony Burgess Archives (1964​-​1993)

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“Project curated by Alan Dunn in collaboration with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Sub Rosa.
Disc 1 contains the very first and last known recordings of Burgess’s voice alongside domestic incidents, rehearsals and answering machine messages, while Disc 2 invites 23 artists and musicians to remix the rare material into a unique Burgess portrait far beyond ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

Anthony Burgess’s second wife Liana carried a cassette recorder with her at all times to capture her life with the author and their son Andrew. This extraordinarily intimate audio archive of over 1,000 cassettes now sits with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and artist Alan Dunn has been granted access to select excerpts from it and curate sonic conversations from others.

Born in Manchester in 1917, Anthony Burgess was educated at Xaverian College in that city and at Manchester University. He served in the army from 1940 to 1946 and as an education officer in Malaya and Brunei from 1954 to 1959. He published more than 50 books (including ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and his masterpiece, ‘Earthly Powers’)
and composed around 250 musical works. He was created a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by President Mitterrand of France and a Commandeur de Mérite Culturel by Prince Rainier of Monaco. He died in London in 1993. His books are still read all over the world.

Alan Dunn is an artist and curator based between Liverpool and Leeds, where he is a reader in Art & Design at Leeds Beckett University. His projects have been presented at Tate Britain, ICA, Liverpool Art Prize, BBC Radio and Bluecoat.

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester is an independent educational charity which encourages public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess.”

A1. Flexidisc AB Discussing Shakespeare For The Book Society (1964)
A2. Tape_0526 AB Playing Greensleeves (1984)
A3. Tape_0526 AB Mock Sales Pitch For ‘Enderby’s Dark Lady’ (1984)
A4. Tape_0438a AB Lecture ‘Can Art Be Immoral?’ (1991)
A5. Tape_0685 Ab Playing Piano (1970s-1980s)
A6. Tape_0438a ‘Can Art Be Immoral?’ (1991)
A7. Tape_0645 LB Making List Of Desired Translators Of ‘On Going To Bed’ (1982)
A8. Tape_0438a ‘Can Art Be Immoral?’ (1991)
A9. Tape_0670 AB-W Playing Guitar, 44 Rue Grimaldi, Monaco (1980s)
A10. Tape_0438a ‘Can Art Be Immoral?’ (1991)
A11. Tape_0625 AB And LB Lunching At Casa Frollo, Venice, As Seagulls Swoop For The Discarded Tiramisu (1988)
A12. Tape_0438a ‘Can Art Be Immoral?’ (1991)
A13. Tape_0100 AB Rehearsing Of Mozart Lecture (1991)
A14. Tape_0685 AB-W Playing, Possibly The Crumhorn? (1970s-1980s)
B1. Tape_0626 The Burgess Answering Machine, Monaco (c.1984)
B2. Tape_0642 AB Discussing The Beatles (1986)
B3. Tape_0656 AB And LB Piano Duet (unknown)
B4. Tape_0581 AB’s Nantes Lecture In French (date?)
B5. Tape_0494 AB Giving Acceptance Speech For ‘A Clockwork Orange’ In Sardi’s, New York (1972)
B6. Tape_0655 AB Playing Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’ On His Keyboard (1980s)
B7. Tape_0685 AB-W Play-acting In French (1970s-1980s)
B8. Tape_0645 AB And LB Rehearsing A Speech, Referencing Strindberg, Engels, Kafka And Ibsen (1982)
B9. Tape_0367b LB Reading ‘Chatsky’ At Home (c1993)
B10. Tape_0526 AB Mock Sales Pitch For ‘Enderby’s Dark Lady’ (1984)
B11. Tape_0100 AB rehearsing of Mozart lecture (1991)
B12- Tape_0685 AB-W playing, possibly the crumhorn? (1970s-1980s)
C1. Mr Burgess Says Writing Is Hard Remix – The Reverend Max Ripple
C2. Human Being Remix – Vicky Clark
C3. FFFF Remix – Dinah Bird
C4. Ode Remix – Alan Dunn, Noisesurfer
C5. Adjrust Remix – Keiron Piercy, Roy Claire Porter
C6. Vitrified Exhalations Remix – Mark Vernon
C7. Tony B’s Monstrous Idol Remix – David Birchall
C8. Janet And Howard Are In The Audience 2019 Remix – Marion Harrison
C9. Kubrick Remix – Jeff Young
D1. Whilst His Piano Gently Sleeps Remix – Scanner
D2. Pronto Remix – Ade Blackburn, Clinic, Paul Sullivan, Static
D3. Canis Lupus Lupus Remix – Foreign Investment
D4. Nantes Remix – Tobias Hazan
D5. Nocturnal Hum Remix – Eye Suriyanon
D6. Waiting For You Remix – Foreign Investment
D7. SCORN Remix – Band Of Holy Joy, James Stephen Finn, Johnny Brown
D8. Rue Grimaldi Remixed Remix – Chris Watson
D9. Birds Remix – Guy Marc Hinant, Laszlo Umbreit