The Girl and the Mushrooms

The Girl and the Mushrooms

(56 Stuff vs. Leo Tolstoy)

FSST018 | Year: 2004 | Number of tracks: 8 | Total time: 33:09 FSST018 | 2004 | 8 tracks | 33:09

The collaborative musical-and-textual project that gives to the short child story by Russian classic Leo Nikolaevitch Tolstoy a chance to make a movement in a radically unexpected direction.

Release details

FSST018 | Year: 2004
Number of tracks: 8
Total time: 33:09

8 tracks

“Two girls were coming back home with mushrooms…” — Leo Nikolaevitch’s text got new life in combination with music by Jeune Homme, Moonscape, Few, Booka Dehuk and Yellowhead. Once known as a short story for children it became a unique musical-literary project.

Few (Alexander Filippovsky) was the one who came up with the idea of combining his music with a piece of Russian literary heritage back in 2000 when he was rummaging about among the pile of Yellowhead’s story books. After doing some research the two agreed that “The Girl and the Mushrooms” deserves a creative reincarnation.

In the course of repetitive synchronous reading they learned Tolstoy’s short story by heart and later they couldn’t get it out of their heads — sometimes the story started to tell itself against their will with or without any cause.

Using their own larynxes, egg cutters, plastic rulers and other non-musical objects, Few and Yellowhead began to combine the great writer’s prose with their terrible music. It should be mentioned that the project was never taken seriously by its creators and was never meant to have any commercial value. Nevertheless, the collaborators released their work on audiocassettes. To Yellowhead’s surprise people appreciated the project, which made him think of taking it further.

The new “The Girl and the Mushrooms” (this very one) is not a re-release of original material, while the first version had a very simple approach, the new version is more elaborate and more serious. This time the project has more people involved. Jeune Homme, Moonscape and Bookadehuk came aboard with Few and Yellowhead. Tolstoy’s story (the original text, in Russian) was divided into five parts which were distributed among the musicians for each one to create his own accompaniment.

Listen to the entire thing right now:

Jeune homme - To Home With the Mushrooms Moonscape - Don’t Go Back Few - Drop the Mushrooms Bookadehuk & Yellowhead - Engine-driver Could Not Yellowhead - Head Down Few - Mushrooms and Berries Moonscape - Enter View Yellowhead - Everything and the Mushrooms (Organ Donor Track)

See also

7×8. 56 Stuff Remixes Itself

The Girl and the Mushrooms
01. To Home With the Mushrooms / Jeune homme
02. Don’t Go Back / Moonscape
03. Drop the Mushrooms / Few
04. Engine-driver Could Not / Bookadehuk & Yellowhead
05. Head Down / Yellowhead
06. Mushrooms and Berries / Few
07. Enter View / Moonscape
08. Everything and the Mushrooms (Organ Donor Track) / Yellowhead