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For the thirty sixth episode of Ambient Meditations, we’re joined by Adam Wiltzie of A Winged Victory For The Sullen. The duo consisting of Wiltzie and composer Duston O’Halloran are releasing a brand new album on February twenty sixth entitled Invisible Cities, which is definitely a condensed model of the rating they created for Leo Warner’s theatre manufacturing. The album is all the pieces you’ll anticipate from AWFTS and extra, with huge cinematic moments delicately balanced by crushingly lonely ambiance; it’s a recording that causes your thoughts to race and your feelings to float. The combine Wiltzie has put collectively for AM 36 is a little bit of a brand new path and a pleasing shock full of dubby and indie vibes that deliver out Wiltzie’s tastes completely. Get pleasure from.
Tracklist – AWFTS (Adam Wiltzie) Ambient Meditations Combine
The Upsetters – Battle Axe
The Meters – Ease Again
Erkin Koray – Yalnizlar Rihtimi
Babla, Kanchan – Ay Mere Dil
Daryl Corridor – The Farther Away I Am
Roger Eno – Sunburst
Spaceman 3 – Really feel So Unhappy – Reprise
Andrew Chicken – Yawny on the Apocalypse
Paul Kelly – Peace
De Portables – Blissful With The Method Issues Are
Brian Eno – Spider And I
Johann Johannsson / AWFTS – Eg Heyroi Allt An Pess Ao Hlusta
Brian Eno, Cluster – Wehrmut
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie – The Burning Girl
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A Winged Victory for the Sullen, the composer collaboration between Stars of the Lid founder Adam Wiltzie and L.A. composer Dustin O’Halloran, are set to launch new album ‘Invisible Cities’ on February twenty sixth 2021, the gorgeous rating to the critically acclaimed theatre manufacturing directed by London Olympics ceremony video designer Leo Warner. Launched on their very own Synthetic Pinearch Manufacturing label, the album comes as a part of an settlement with A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s present label, Ninja Tune.
Premiering at Manchester Worldwide Pageant in July 2019, Wiltzie and O’Halloran have been commissioned by Manchester Worldwide Pageant, Rambert, Brisbane Pageant, Hong Kong New Imaginative and prescient Arts Pageant, Sadler’s Wells, SMG Stay, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC) and Karl Sydowto to compose the music for the 90-minute multimedia stage present loosely impressed by Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel ‘Invisible Cities’. Centered on the tense relationship between Kublai Khan, the risky head of an enormous empire, and explorer Marco Polo, it brings to life a sequence of fantastical locations and disparate worlds by the medium of theatre, music, dance, design and visuals.
Described by The Sunday Occasions as “a ravishing frenzy of motion”, ‘Invisible Cities’ was initially conceived as a touring undertaking with its final efficiency in Brisbane, Australia earlier than COVID-19 modified the world as we all know it.
“4 months isn’t a whole lot of time to create 90 minutes of music for a manufacturing utilizing classical theatre, dance, & excessive res video mapping on a stage the scale of 2 soccer pitches. It was a pleasure to work with 59 Productions, not like different producers, they left the micro-managing at residence, and allow us to get on with it. Early on in discussions with director Leo Warner it was realised that the human voice would take a central function within the rating because it was basically the one instrument we might see evolving over 600 years with a storyline that will not have the listener screaming “its Zimmertime”…,” says Wiltzie.
Remodeled into 45 minutes of breathtaking magnificence, ‘Invisible Cities’ opens with the numinous ‘So That the Metropolis Can Start to Exist’, as Wiltzie and O’Halloran draw breath from distinctively enthralling and vastly expansive worlds. The ominous soundscapes of ‘The Lifeless Outnumber the Dwelling’ distinction with the brand new beginnings which are introduced in ‘Each Solstice & Equinox’, whereas the jagged and uneasy ‘Thirteenth Century Travelogue’ is certainly one of rigidity and dread.
Elsewhere, ‘The Divided Metropolis’ captivates and intrigues whereas ‘Solely Strings and Their Helps Stay’ and ‘There Is One in every of Which You By no means Converse’ are daring roars for survival earlier than the choral atmosphere of ‘Wishes Are Already Recollections’ and piercing drones of ‘Whole Perspective Vortex’ deliver down the curtain on a spectacular and extremely emotive physique of labor.
Releasing their self-titled debut album in 2011 (Erased Tapes), A Winged Victory for the Sullen has developed one thing of a cult standing over the previous decade and alongside artists equivalent to Max Richter, Hauschka, Hildur Guðnadóttir and Tim Hecker, are the vanguard of the neoclassical and ambient world and might rely the likes of Jon Hopkins as followers.
The duo has gone on to launch two additional studio albums; ‘Atomos’ (Erased Tapes, 2014) and most lately ‘The Undivided 5’ (Ninja Tune, 2019) and have been requested to carry out on the BBC proms in 2015 by 6 Music presenter Mary Anne Hobbs. A Winged Victory for the Sullen additionally scored the music for the unbiased movie ‘Iris’ (2016), directed by Jalil Lespert.
Wiltzie is greatest referred to as founding member of drone legends Stars of the Lid, The Lifeless Texan and Aix Em Klemm and has scored a number of movie tasks together with ‘American Girl’ (2019) starring Sienna Miller, ‘Salero’ (2016) and The Yellow Birds (2017). In 2018, he additionally scored ‘Whitney’ (2018), the property-accepted documentary concerning the lifetime of the late Whitney Houston, directed by Kevin Macdonald. Elsewhere, his unique music has featured in Hollywood movies together with ‘Transformers: Darkish of The Moon’ (2011), ‘Godzilla’ (2014), ‘Like Loopy’ (2011) and acclaimed TV exhibits together with ‘Home M.D’, ‘Nip/Tuck’ and ‘High Boy’. He additionally collaborated with the late Jóhann Jóhannsson on his scores for ‘The Idea of All the pieces’ (2014) and ‘Arrival’ (2016).
O’Halloran, a self-taught pianist from the age of seven, started his musical life as a guitarist and shaped the a lot-cherished indie rock outfit Dévics with Sara Lov, releasing 4 albums on Bella Union. As a solo artist, he has composed music for quite a few movie and tv tasks together with Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ (2006) and Drake Doremus’ ‘Like Loopy’ (2011) starring Felicity Jones. Demand for his movie scores is excessive and in 2015, he gained an Emmy for theme music for the Golden Globe-successful Amazon sequence ‘Clear’, starring Jeffrey Tambor. He has additionally collaborated with movie composer Hauschka on quite a few movies, together with ‘Lion’ (2016), with the rating nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe. Most lately, he co-composed the music for the movie ‘Ammonite’ (2020) with Volker Bertelmann, directed by Francis Lee and starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.
In 2021, A Winged Victory for the Sullen hope to tour ‘Invisible Cities’ all over the world with plans for performances in Hong Kong, Kuwait and London.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Synthetic Pinearch Manufacturing
Launch Date: February twenty sixth, 2021
‘So That the Metropolis Can Start to Exist’
‘The Celestial Metropolis’
‘The Lifeless Outnumber the Dwelling’
‘Each Solstice & Equinox’
‘Nothing of The Metropolis Touches the Earth’
‘Thirteenth Century Travelogue’
‘The Divided Metropolis’
‘Solely Strings and Their Helps Stay’
‘There Is One in every of Which You By no means Converse’
‘The Retailers of Seven Nations’
‘Wishes Are Already Recollections’
‘Whole Perspective Vortex’
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