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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Swiss electronic composer Nelson Beer has unveiled his new single, Orlando, the title track from the musicians upcoming EP of the same name.

The composition delves into the darker, more abstract realms of electronic music, resulting in a haunting and atmospheric piece of music. The track is a continuation of Beer's exploration of identity politics, taking its inspiration from Virginia Woolf's eponymous novel, Orlando. "Here the role of the composer and the performer in the contemporary socio-cultural context is questioned. I am looking for an artistic manoeuvre that, without excluding it, is critical of the global industry and suggests that it endangers human rights in its persistence. Orlando - the sound and the character - as in Virginia Woolf's eponymous work, becomes a piece of evidence to the chaotic world order." Says Beer.

Speaking of the release, the musician shares: "Orlando was composed with the idea of using sound as a means of archiving the present and as a fluid archive of history. I have been inspired by different Western European traditions in the use of the diatonic and pentatonic major scale (folk), thirds (country) and recording techniques such as field recording and binoral microphones (musique concrète, electro-acoustic music). I have also been influenced by classical music from South Asia where the space between notes is often more important than the notes themselves, such as the khali in Indian tala which is a specific notation for ghost notes."

Orlando is out now! Listen to the track below.


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