Maria W Horn & Mats Erlandsson – Celestial Shores
- Edition of 300
- A1.Towards the Diamond Abyss / The Navigators
- B1.A Ship Lost in the Polar Sea
Through ebb and flow we drift
Infinite mountains in their twisted stratas
Sinews of wounded beasts solidified
In this theater of geologic fervor we rest
A ship lost in the polar sea
The heavenly eye of the ocean has seen the origins of this landscape
Its inclined angles and vertiginous depths
A primal dance of chaos
Dry crackle from frozen wood
Suspended calm in endless torment
Adrift towards the diamond abyss
The music heard on this album was originally the result of a commission to score the second half of the film Nico/Nico Crying made by Andy Warhol in 1966. The commission was made by Art Cinema OFFoff in collaboration with B.A.A.D.M for a screening of the film together with a live presentation of the score in September 2021 at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. The recording presented here was made in the last week of that year and mixed soon after in January 2022. These recordings are essentially live-recordings performed by the composers together in the same room and recorded in a manner reminiscent of the record making process as it was in the late 1960s. The instrumentation used to make the sounds on this album consists of modular synthesis, zither, voice, contaminated field recordings and metal percussion.
Mats Erlandsson is a composer and musician part of the vibrantly re-emerging field of drone music in Stockholm, Sweden, and is associated with practices characterized by the extensive use of sustained sound. Erlandsson presents his work both as a solo artist and in collaborations, most notably together with Yair Elazar Glotman and Maria W Horn. Recent releases include Gyttjans Topografi on XKatedral, Minnesmärke on Hallow Ground and the collaboration Emanate made with Yair Elazar Glotman on the label 13070. In addition to his own artistic practice Erlandsson holds a position as studio technician and was temporarily, from October 2022 to September 2023, the acting studio director at Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm.
The compositions of Maria W Horn implement synthetic sound, electroacoustic and acoustic instruments and audiovisual components, often devicing generative and algorithmic processes to control timbre, tuning and texture. She employs a varied instrumentation ranging from analog synthesizers to choir, string instruments, pipe organ and various chamber music formats. Acoustic instruments are often paired with digital synthesis techniques, in order to extend the instruments timbral capacities. Often based on minimalist structures, her music explores the inherent spectral properties of sound and their ability to transcend time and space, reality and dream.
The music on this album was recorded on December 28th-30th 2021. Maria W Horn – modular synthesizer, sound treatments, percussion, textures and vocals. Mats Erlandsson – zithers, synthesis, percussion, vocals, textures and tape treatments. Written by Maria W Horn & Mats Erlandsson in response to a commission by Art Cinema OFFoff. Mixed by Mats Erlandsson. Mastered by Johannes Ahlberg at Saintpid mastering. Album design by Mathieu Serruys & Joris Verdoodt. Released in 2023 in an edition of 300 copies with download code. Thanks to Joris Verdoodt, Mathieu Serruys, Linus Hillborg and Christa Päffgen.