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Ben Frost & Daníel BjarnasonSólaris

Label:Bedroom Community – Hvalur12CD
CD, Album
Genre:Electronic, Classical
Style:Modern Classical, Ambient


1We Don't Need Other Worlds, We Need Mirrors2:11
2Simulacra I5:35
3Simulacra II7:36
6Cruel Miracles3:49
7Hydrogen Sulfide2:12
8Unbreakable Silence3:36
9You Mean More To Me Than Any Scientific Truth2:38

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Sinfonietta Cracovia: Maciej Lulek, Małgorzata Szuba-Kmiecik, Marcin Kmiecik, Aleksandra Honcel, Katarzyna Blajda, Marcin Hałat, Izabela Szlachta-Dowgiałło, Piotr Marciak, Robert Milewski, Danuta Brandys, Justyna Duda-Krane, Danuta Augustyn, Lilianna Adamska, Stanisław Słowiński, Ewa Szczepańska-Chwast, Aneta Dumanowska, Ryszard Sneka, Rafał Daszkiewicz, Żanna Laszkiewicz, Jan Tomala, Tomasz Wyroba, Alina Dorożyńska, Marcin Mączyński, Jan Kalinowski, Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska, Piotr Bylica, Michał Skiba, Grzegorz Klimczak, Jakub Strycharz, Ryszard Haba, Tomasz Sobaniec

Styling Ellen Loftsdóttir
Make up Steinunn Þórðardóttir
Art department Heimir Sverrisson

Commissioned and Produced by Mat Schulz and Gosia Plysa for Unsound Festival / Fundacja Tone, Krakow, Poland
Assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body
Made possible with the support of "I, CULTURE" - The International Cultural Programe of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council, Co-ordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland - and S.T.E.F, Iceland

Mat Schulz and Gosia Plysa, Niamh Burke-Neff, Rafał Nowicki and all at Unsound Festival, Chris Woods, Olaf Bohn and all at Ableton, Tim Hecker, Lawrence English, Nicolas Bohnet and all at Rolex, Brian Eno, Nadia Sirota, Jerzy Madeja, Cupcake Corner Krakow, Hildur Maral Hamiðsdóttir, Petter Ekman, Mulla Bing, Andy Rantzen

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 80319 53652 6
  • Barcode (Reader): 880319536526
  • Matrix / Runout: CA HVALUR12CD @@
  • Matrix / Runout (Innec CD ring): 9/1/2011 7:53:09 PM 0000747707
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY88
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1285

Other Versions (2)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Sólaris (CD, Album, Promo)Bedroom Community, Bedroom CommunityHVALUR12, Hvalur12Iceland2011
Sólaris (LP, Album, Limited Edition)Bedroom Community, Bedroom CommunityHVALUR12, Hvalur12LPIceland2012


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An excerpt:

The music on Sólaris is based off of the 1960′s Polish science fiction novel of the same name by Stanislaw Lem. For those not familiar with the story, Sólaris was an interesting concept that found human scientists studying a planet named Sólaris from a hovering research facility. The planet itself was conscious/self-aware and was able to read the thoughts of the scientists and project their deeply-hidden guilt in the form of manifestations that mirror the scientists most painful memories and experiences.

Most of Sólaris is downright painful to listen to on a psychological level, especially once you know what the theme behind the music is concerning. There are vast open segments of minimal beauty that enhance the near-cataclysmic moments between and largely dictate the emotions of the listener at that moment. Clean, crisp flowing harmonies are often quickly disrupted by a gentle dissonant pairing in the layers that lie underneath the highest level of melody, and are often disturbed by the uncomfortable chromatically-played tremolo notes on strings. Often they are not actually played in a chromatic manner but stay the same note, which still gives off moments of extreme tension as they swell and pull back in purling resonance. As is true to each composer on the record, these moments often cut abruptly and collapse into either nothingness or another desolate atmosphere created by a minimalist approach. There are few, if any, joyful moments on the album as is true to the story they represent. It is a constant journey through trauma, a constant digging through the memory of a conscious mind. Sifting, seeking, pushing.