Story & Music

Synopsis “Just Call Me God”

The whole world is looking for Dictator Satur Diman Cha, Head of State of the Republic of Circassia. After losing his power, the notorious Dictator has gone underground. The first group of soldiers of the liberation army forces, accompanied by the journalist Caroline Thomas, breaks into his palace and enters a huge subterranean concert hall.

There, they find a massive pipe-organ and inspired by the presence of the instrument, the field-chaplain of the troops, Reverend Lee Dunklewood, starts playing the fascinating instrument. During his performance, the soldiers are overpowered by the Dictator and only the Reverend and Caroline survive. The two find themselves as Satur’s hostages, understanding that the situation is dead serious. He threatens to kill them if they do not obey his every wish and demands of the Reverend to continue playing for him on the organ. He does not hide his unpredictability, leaving the Reverend and Caroline fearing and fighting for their lives.

Caroline tries to survive by keeping Satur interested in her conversation. Taking a big risk, she bravely asks the Dictator for an exclusive interview. Satur, seemingly impressed by her challenging attitude, agrees on giving her what she wants.

The Dictator commences his last public address accompanied by Reverend Lee’s organ music. His political speech maps out the future he predicts for the rich and privileged people on earth, producing a scenario of borders, fences and walls. Challenged by Caroline’s questions, Satur elaborates on power and its merits and downsides. He shows an understanding of the sacrifices he had to make in order to become the absolute Dictator. During his speech the sound of the Reverend’s organ becomes larger-than-life.

When the official part of the speech is over, Caroline becomes even more daring. She challenges him by trying to demask the man of power, asking him personal questions to get a look behind his facade. Seeing through her scheme, Satur decides to play along, more and more appreciating their growing mutual intimacy.

Caroline enters into a game of questions and answers, while Reverend Lee continues to improvise on the organ. In the course of their conversation, Caroline realises that Satur is sexually drawn to her and she gains more self-confidence. She provokes the Dictator’s curiosity and spontaneously takes advantage of a brief moment of negligence on Satur’s side, grabs his weapon and holds him at gunpoint. Only now she can give way to her frustration about the death of the soldiers as well as her lover, who was amongst the group of people killed by Satur. Although she cannot bring herself to shoot Satur, she fires a shot, injuring him badly. Caroline, paralysed by her action, drops the gun giving him the chance to gain the upper hand again. An unexpected massive organ sound blasts her out of her paralysis, enabling her to escape. Searching for her frantically, the Dictator works himself up into a frenzy. The organ music enhances the unbearable tension. Only with the abrupt softening of the music, Satur calms himself again. All of a sudden, a message of one of the dead soldiers’ radio reports that the Dictator has been shot on the street, as Caroline and the Reverend learn completely mystified…

Just Call Me God – Music list (Partly only extracts)  

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565
Richard Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries (arr. E. Lemare)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643
Johann Sebastian Bach/Franz Liszt: „Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen“
Martin Haselböck: A whiter Air by Bach
Martin Haselböck: The Grand Anthem (using C. Ives: „Variations on America“)
Martin Haselböck:
Sound Collage/*)
Grand Organ Macabre Harmonica/*)
Bigger than Life! Grand Organ Improvisation/ Psychocratic Barground Impro (using Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Tempo di Valse, op. 102/6)/*)
Grand Organ Cacophonia/*)
The Final Waltz (using C. Franck: Prelude, op 18/1 and Schubert: Piano Sonata D 959/2)

*) With electronics by Franz Danksagmüller