The Sun and the Moon is a research on music, dance, pleasure and grief.
A sonic tale developed during the twisted Summer of 21, dedicated to Mariana.
This piece blends recordings from a Rogue Moog modular synth and some smaller hacky Error synths, Tingsha and south Chinese bells, spoken word, and field recordings. A mashup of elements recorded during rehearsals and dances, singing and wailing, protesting and mourning.
The score is a clamour of admiration, experimenting with techniques used by artists such as Eliane Radigue, Steve Reich, Catherine Christer Hennix, Microfilm, Lawrence English or Delia Derbyshire, whose listening, looping and distortion techniques have created incredible scores, often times using sound-objects, concretism or pioneering electronic instruments. Listening harmonies meshed in the chaos of sound, finding patterns in the randomness and orchestrating beautiful noise. In music I tend to find comfort in idle noise as a cushion for the thoughts - it fills the space which would be occupied by undesired noise or voices while it massages the organs. Intertwined with acousmatic sounds - a needle-drop, a synth or a plane, crickets and faulty instruments, listening to a film in the backdrop while falling asleep on the lap of a friend. The rhythmic beats and claps in club music set a dance pace but the arrhythmic frenzy of sounds and noise are the spices of music, modulating sounds, creating density and narratives which make us high - on the dance floor, in a bath or listening to our headphones. These are the sounds I am constantly searching for and that I yearn to include in my sets to generate weight or lightness.
To all the voices and contributors to this piece, thank you. Also, thank you Lou for your calm and honesty, Thursday for your love, Wanda for your contagious desire for knowledge, Maria for your protective dance-spells, Dan for your caring confidence, Marc for your kind availability, Micha, Djibril, Maciej, Mmakgosi, Caitlin and Vera for the beautiful love you/we all shared with her. Mariana, my sweet companion, dancer, raver, thank you for your generous contradictions, for offering me both the Sun and the Moon.
The Sun and the Moon
by Pedro Marum