Musik ungeklärter Herkunft

by Blaudzun

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Light Runner 06:48
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...oder ach 02:29
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Frühling 02:48
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!!? 03:11

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'Musik ungeklärter Herkunft' is a soundtrack album by Blaudzun and is part of a Cobra Museum exhibition of expressive artist Sigmar Polke (1941 – 2010, Germany) starting from December 14th 2019. The exhibition shows the 40-piece series of ‘Music from an Unknown Source’. Blaudzun selected nine favorite works from this Polke collection to compose nine pieces of music. The soundtrack will be played on a 3D audio system with different speaker-sources and contributes to an overall-experience of image, sound and space.

Blaudzun immediately was fascinated after seeing this Polke collection and speaking to the curator of Cobra Museum: “It felt very special to me. Not only because of the title – ‘music from an unknown source’, but also to find a way to create a soundtrack for nine paintings, which requires a different approach than composing music for film, for instance. I decided that I needed to write music for an audio surround installation.”

This 3D audio installation, so called 11.1 immersive audio, is often applied in cinemas and allows the visitors to experience the music as if you're in the centre of it. The combination of nine paintings and nine compositions creates an unique dialogue between Blaudzun and Sigmar Polke: “Based on first impressions, I started working on the compositions. Only after I saw the complete works at an exhibition in Zagreb I could arrange the songs and start recording. I decided to make big prints of paintings. Attached to the studio walls it provided for contant inspiration and an ongoing dialogue during the process.”

Blaudzun wrote and produced this soundtrack in various studios in The Netherlands and Germany. In New York he collaborated with Grammy-nominated mix engineer Ronald Prent, who created the immersive audio mix at Valhalla Studios.

Dutch based indie artist Blaudzun has released five studio-albums, among which critically acllaimed ‘Promises of No Man’s Land’ (2014) and ‘Jupiter’, a tryptich album (2016-2018). If there's one consistent thing throuhout his prolific career, it's his devout work ethic: whether Blaudzun is occupying himself with touring, writing or medi-appearances, his music is always spearheaded by strong self-determination. He and his 6-piece band played several European clubtours and festivals, among which Hurricane and Southside Festival (Ger), Bravalla (Swe), Lowlands (NL), Pukkelpop and Rock Werchter (B).

Blaudzun participated in several art projects during the years, so for Cobra Museum he’s a perfect artist to collaborate with in their efforts to find new angles to promote Cobra-art: interdisciplinairy, experimental and not framed by ‘zeitgeist’. Polke’s approach is quite similar: he was crossing borders of painting art and was also a photographer, film director, graphic designer and chemist. He’s considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20st century.

The exhibition ‘Polke vs Blaudzun – Musik Ungeklärter Herkunft’ premieres 13 December 2019 at Cobra Museum (Amstelveen, The Netherlands) and will be open for four months.

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