The idea was a simple enough question. How many ways are there to read James Joyce's great and bizarre novel Finnegans Wake?
Seventeen different musicians from all around the world, each assigned to render a chapter aurally. The only requirements: the chapter's words must be audible, unabridged, and more or less in their original order.
To the wonderful world of Finnegans Wake readers, newcomers and devoted followers alike: Here Comes Everybody
In the future we will present short "song" versions of the Wake. Musicians will render brief passages, ranging from a paragraph to a few pages. We are always welcoming new musicians and readers to get involved.
Forthcoming in 2016 is punk rock icon Mike Watt's musical rendering of Finnegans Wake, chapter seven aka "Shem the Penman", with reading by Adam Harvey. For updates on this and all other releases and events, join our mailing list.
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All audio is to be distributed freely via Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This basically means that all audio from Waywords and Meansigns can be shared freely, provided that credit is given to creators. No derivative works are allowed, nor are commercial uses. Finnegans Wake is granted public domain status in Canada, where Waywords and Meansigns is based. Users outside of Canada are responsible for knowing their own territory’s copyright laws. (For more information about the flaws of corporate copyright laws in light of the populist digital age we recommend Cory Doctorow'sInformation Doesn't Want to Be Free.)