The series of posts ‘A Singular Soundtrack’ features music videos of songs that the Decimononic’s team finds inspirational. We are most pleased to share with you songs that match the aesthetic sensibility of Decimononic and give shape to its universe.
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Diamanda Galás needs no presentation. She is a living legend.
Born in 1955, this American composer, vocalist, pianist, painter and performance artist has worked with many avant-garde composers (Iannis Xenakis, Vinko Globokar and John Zorn just to name a few of them) and collaborated with several jazz musicians (Bobby Bradford, John Paul Jones, etc.). In addition, Galás has often worked in the film industry with directors such as Francis Ford, Oliver Stone, Wes Craven, Clive Barker, Derek Jarman, Hideo Nakata, Mercedes Moncada and others.
I had the opportunity to attend one of her concerts back in 2008 and it was an unforgettable experience.Diamanda Galás is a singular artist, no doubt.
‘Dead Horses on a Beach’ by Andrea Pellegrini & Tanja Zapolski – A Singular Soundtrack by Decimononic
Mezzo-soprano Andrea Pellegrini and classical pianist Tanja Zapolski were chosen by Martin Hall to perform most of the songs of her album ‘If Power Asks Why’, released in October 2012.
‘Dead Horses on a Beach’ is the opening song of this album and its video was made by the Danish photographer Robin Skjoldborg, produced by Martin Hall and edited by Henrik Möll.
Splendidly heartbreaking. Singular, yes.
If do not know who Viktoria Modesta is, you might be interested to know that she was our first “Ambassador of Singularity’.
During The X Factor Final on ITV, on Sunday 14th December 2014, Channel 4 launched this video as part of the channel’s brand campaign, ‘Born Risky’. Channel 4 decided to give Viktoria this opportunity because she is different to any other contemporary pop artist: ‘She treats her amputeeism as empowering, as part of her artistic expression which can thrill and influence – not an accident of nature which demands sympathy. Viktoria’s Prototype shines a light on stigma, questions normal ideas of sex and beauty and celebrates being different’.
Some words about Prototype video
As Viktoria Modesta said: ‘For a long time, pop culture closed its doors on me as an amputee and alternative artist. I think people have always found it hard to know what to think or feel about an amputee who wasn’t trying to be an Olympian. In sports, ‘overcoming’ a disability makes you a hero, but in pop there is no place for these feelings,” she adds. “I have never felt comfortable thinking of myself as disabled and this has inspired me to actively challenge old-fashioned views and create a platform in mainstream pop-culture, with other artists, where I have always known I belonged. The time for boring ethical discussions around disability is over. It’s only through feelings of admiration, aspiration, curiosity and envy that we can move forward’.
You will probably recognize Lamb’s sound due to the enormous success of two hit singles: ‘Górecki’ and ‘Gabriel’.
Lamb’s core members are Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes, although the band has welcomed through the years bassist Jon Thorne, guitarist Oddur Mar Runnarson and drummer Nikolaj Bjerre. They started operating in Manchester (UK), but their music has been associated with the Bristol-based trip hop sound so popular during the 1990s. Always with a strong vocal element, their musical signature is a mixture of styles like jazz, dubstep and drum and bass.
1.- Who is Lisa Gerrard?
Born 12 April 1961, Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician, singer and composer who rose to prominence as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with music partner Brendan Perry. In addition to singing, she is an instrumentalist for much of her work, most prolifically using the yangqin (a Chinese hammered dulcimer).
Dead Can Dance released over nine albums from 1984 to 1995. The band split in 1998, but reunited in 2005 for a world tour. In 2012, the band announced a new world tour to coincide with the release of Anastasis, their new album (Irene and I were lucky enough to attend their concert in Madrid).
Lisa Gerrard has released four solo albums: The Mirror Pool (1995), The Silver Tree (2006), The Black Opal (2009) and Twilight Kingdom (2014).
Films Among the many films and documentaries she has scored or contributed to are Gladiator, Insider, Whale Rider, Black Hawk Down, Heat, Ali, King Arthur, Tears Of The Sun, The Mist, Salem’s Lot, A Thousand Roads, Ashes & Snow, Layer Cake, El Nino de la Luna, Balibo, Henry Poole Is Here, Solo, Playing For Charlie & Ichi.
Lisa has recieved Golden Globe nominations for Insider and Ali and Oscar Nominations for Gladiator and 4 International awards for Whale Rider.
2.- About the song ‘Seven Seas’
‘Seven Seas’ is the sixth track of the album ‘Twilight Kingdom’, released this year on Gerrard Records. The array of collaborators for this album includes Patrick Cassidy, Daniel Johns, Astrid Williamson and has also incorporated words by fellow Australian Russell Crowe.
Like the remaining nine tracks of this album, ‘Seven Seas’ is a melodic song without any percussive elements. We have chosen it due to its overwhelming beauty (and inspirational video).