Waywords & Meansigns – The British Take on Finnegans Wake

Waywords and Meansigns is a large-scale project setting the Wake to music unabridged, with each chapter set to music by a different person or group. While the project features readers and musicians from around the globe, a large number of the contributors are British. Neil Campbell, a mainstay of British fringe and experimental music scenes, […]

Waywords & Meansigns – Steve Gregoropoulos on Setting Finnegans Wake to Music

Steve Gregoropoulos is one of the composers working on Waywords and Meansigns, an international project setting Finnegans Wake to music unabridged. For the project he worked the with book’s third chapter, “The Trial of Earwicker”. Gregoropoulos has read Finnegans Wake. Three times. “The first time I read it like a piece of literature,” he says. […]

Waywords & Meansigns – David Kahne on Setting Finnegans Wake to Music

You may not know David Kahne’s name but you will almost certainly have heard his music. A Grammy-winning American record producer and composer, Kahne has worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, the Strokes and Stevie Nicks (to name but a few), but he is perhaps best known to Joyceans for his work on the […]

Illuminating The Wake no. 30

My exploration of Finnegans Wake, a personal process of ‘reading-through-drawing’ continues with the fifth ‘chapter’ of ‘book’ I. The process always begins with the book itself and my immediate responses to what I find in the text. I make pencil annotations of my impressions each time I revisit a passage, trying not to be too […]

Illuminating The Wake No. 29

Welcome to the latest ‘Illuminating the Wake’ in which I will be sharing more of my visual approach to reading Finnegans Wake. Readers of previous posts will be familiar with how I go about this. Basically its a page by page process of annotation, pictorial notation and drawing which builds up a graphic representation of […]