The Residents: The Voice Of Midnight

THE RESIDENTS’ announce the release of a brand new album, “The Voice Of Midnight,” out tomorrow and the follow up to 2006’s “Tweedles.” With a long history of story-based music projects, The Residents have now taken a bold step, crossing a line into the world of music theatre for the first time. “The Voice Of Midnight” was adapted from a short story, “Der Sandmann,”by Prussian writer E.T.A. Hoffman, first published 190 years ago. On the surface it’s a simple story of madness. However, the tale is often recognized by scholars as addressing the conflict between the age of reason and the romantic era. The story has been adapted in parts, by Jacques Offenbach for his opera “The Tales of Hoffman,” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for “‘The Nutcracker Suite,” and for the ballet “Coppelia.” Freud also extensively interpreted “Der Sandmann” in his famous essay “Das Unheimilch” in 1919. (Freud was also fascinated by Hoffman’s obsession with eyeballs… sound familiar?)The protagonist of the story is Nathaniel (Nate) who carries a deeply-seated fear that the childhood fable character, the sandman, is stalking him. The character of Nate is superbly performed on The Voice Of Midnight by Corey Rosen who first worked with The Residents on “River of Crime” in 2006. Nate’s fiancée, Clair, a steadfast realist, is performed by Gerri Lawler who also worked on “River of Crime” as well as 2006’s Tweedles. Longtime Residents collaborator Carla Fabrizio performs the role of the other “woman”, Olympia. The Residents embody the other characters and perform the music, assisted by soloist Nolan Cook, whose guitar work for the Residents over the last eight years is legendary.

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