RADIANCE X: HER DARK GAZE DROWNED IN LIGHT

by Stephan Mathieu

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RADIANCE X: HER DARK GAZE DROWNED IN LIGHT


A re-narration of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 movie ‘Vampyr’

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Olga Politova - Piano
Sylvain Chauveau - Guitar


The beginnings of the album date back to 2004 when I was invited to perform a live score for Vampyr at the Louvre in Paris. I started making recordings with classical trained pianist Olga Politova whom I asked to play some variant forms of Clara Schumann’s Nocturnes for me, for instance by playing selected chords in extreme slow motion with the sustain pedal held down, or harmonic movements as frozen clusters using strumming techniques. By the same time I started using shortwave radio as a live input for my processing techniques, so I've created various long tracks by modulating Olga’s playing with random radio input. Back then I didn't understand the resulting pieces and since the Louvre performance soon got cancelled, I've shelved the material until Winter 2015 when I rediscovered Dreyer’s movie and decided to work on the music again.

While I had initially planned to create a synced score to play along with the Criterion edition of the high-definition transfer from the 1998 restoration of Vampyr, Radiance X eventually contains a series of sonic images from the film as well as portraits of the three main female characters. In addition to the aforementioned piano recordings I used the 10" record of the Hollywood String Quartet’s performance of Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and guitar recordings made by Sylvain Chauveau.

Radiance X has a deliberate sonic edginess, so in some parts you will hear a soft harmonic clipping or out of phase content. As always, I recommend to download a lossless version of the music.

Her Dark Gaze Drowned in Light is dedicated to Maryanne Amacher.



Design by Caro Mikalef for Cabina

Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music
© ℗ Schwebung 2017


RADIANCE
Schwebung Étendue X

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released February 25, 2017

As with all of my music, no artificial reverb was used while creating this album

RADIANCE X was recorded 24-Bit_88.2 kHz, thanks for choosing lossless music

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Launched on June 21, 2012 by Stephan Mathieu as a platform for new solo and collaborative work, as well as remastered work from his back catalog on vinyl and as full resolution digital editions.

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