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La Mer

by Jędrzej Siwek

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An electronic reimagination of Debussy's La Mer (the Sea).

Claude Debussy’s earliest marine memories go back to his childhood; he was eight years old when in 1870 his mother took him on a trip to Cannes. Breathtaking views of the Cote d’Azure remained in the composer’s memory for many years and finally took a tangible shape in the form of musical notation.

I was at a similar age when I saw the sea for the first time. Never before did my eyes reach that far as they did then, in the late 1980s, while I was gazing at the stormy, seemingly endless Baltic.

Two decades afterwards I listened to „The Sea” for the first time. It was the recording of the New Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Pierre Boulez. In the „La Mer” album I directly refer to the Claude Debussy’s composition.

Like Debussy I used my imagination and early recollections to describe the sea as I had seen it as a child. My inspiration by the work of the French composer, however, is limited – I took the liberty of using original titles, but as instruments employed a synthesizer, recorder, theremin and an electric guitar to create my own musical narrative of the sea.

[PL]

Najwcześniejsze morskie wspomnienia Claude Debussyego przypadają na okres dzieciństwa, gdy mając zaledwie 8 lat odbył wraz z mamą podróż do Cannes. Zapierający dech w piersiach widok Lazurowego Wybrzeża 1870 roku pozostał w pamięci kompozytora na długie lata, aż w końcu przybrał namacalny kształt w postaci zapisu nutowego.

Byłem w podobnym wieku, gdy po raz pierwszy ujrzałem morze. Nigdy wcześniej nie sięgałem wzrokiem tak daleko jak wtedy, pod koniec lat 80. XX wieku spoglądając na bezkresny i wzburzony Bałtyk. Po raz pierwszy Morze usłyszałem dwie dekady później usłyszałem Morze w nagraniu New York Philharmonic pod batutą Pierre’a Bouleza.

Album La Mer jest bezpośrednim nawiązaniem do dzieła Debussyego. Podobnie jak Debussy postanowiłem użyć wyobraźni do opisania morza jakie mam w pamięci z dzieciństwa. Inspirację dziełem francuza ograniczyłem do zapożyczenia oryginalnych tytułów. W swojej pracy dźwiękowej do opisania morza użyłem syntezatora, recordera, thereminu oraz gitary elektrycznej.

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released May 1, 2020

Synth: Jędrzej Siwek (track 1, 3)
Theremin: Jędrzej Siwek (track 2)
Recorder: Jędrzej Siwek (track 2,3)
Guitar: Jasiek Szczepańczyk (track 3)

Mastering: Radek Sirko

Recorded: 09.2019 - 03.2020

Cover painting: Jędrzej Siwek

Out of Stock, 2020

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