Today I have released an out-of-isolation ambient music album. Very slow-moving, atmospheric and time perception twisting soundscapes using various techniques of layering and disintegrating looping.
The lockdown due to the coronavirus began in the middle of March, the world outside suddenly stopped. With little activity the city noises were so subdued, by late afternoon it all sounded like night. This confusing, unusual, but soothingly peaceful situation made me search for some new ways to write music, without expecting some external reasons and deadlines to do so. Since it was prohibited to go anywhere much I looked up instead. For a week every day I was recording a video of the sky above my head and writing an ambient music track.
I tend to overthink and overwrite my music a lot, thanks to the academical music education perhaps. Self-imposing a challenge of finishing a small music piece every day was refreshing and creating an interesting shift in my workflow: there is no time for reflection, the only choice is to trust the intuition. I decided on some interesting technique to use and stick to for each track as a tool for constructing an emotional journey. Maybe this method allows to capture something unique that might get lost in music that went through months and months of work?
Reviewing and improving these tracks further took much longer than originally writing them. I didn’t want to clean them up of all imperfections, but rather to make them technically appropriate for any mode of listening while preserving their in-the-moment essence.
Here are five skywatching moments of the quarantine. Did time go faster or slower in isolation? And where did Monday and Thursday go anyway?..
The album is free to download in your favorite format (mp3, flac, wav…).
Every day during the last week I was recording and releasing an ambient music track with a video. I called this series Ambient Distancing / The World in Quarantine. In these times of absent external deadlines this was a new way for me to approach creativity in a disciplined manner. Instead of the usual obsessive perfectionism, to finish writing quickly, I had to just let it flow and let it go. But maybe it captures something unique that might get lost in music that went through month and months of work?
Each video is the sky about Trieste, Italy (and, of course, it couldn’t be any other location due to the strict movement limitations).
These daily ambient explorations are playing with creative looping, slow polyrhythmic structures and layering. The sound palette includes synths, soft guitars, processed textures and pianos.
My second collaboration with the Slovenian director Jan Fabris. The sound was mixed by the renowned Slovenian sound designer and audio superviser Julij Zornik. This short film will start travelling to festivals in 2020!
Music in the trailer is a special edit of the soundtrack, but otherwise that’s the cue from the film.
This September Trieste will be the location of a very exciting festival Piano City, filling up numerous public spaces with all types of music for piano, three days in a row. And I am honoured to be part of it.
A totally new program for solo piano that I will perform on Sunday, September 15, consists mostly of my own compositions, some very recently finished, and a few short classical music pieces. This is an easy-listening experience (compared to a strictly classical concert) that will fit casual classical and cinematic music listeners.
LOCATION: Lettera Viva Viale XX Settembre, 31/B, Trieste TIME: 15:00
The venue is a beautiful cozy tea room with an upright piano. That’s one of many locations of the Piano City Trieste festival this September.
Romantic, charming and cinematic: a blend of original pieces, b-sides from my works for films, and a touch of classics. The performance will be about 45-50 minutes long. Welcome!
The short film Modri zajček / Blue Bunny that I had the pleasure to write music for, was selected for several festivals and has won two awards at the Mindfield Film Festival – Albuquerque, as well as a very fitting “Best Original Idea” at the Top Indie Film Awards in Tokyo.
The same festival has honored me with a nomination for the Best Music.
And most of the crew gathered together at the Slovenian FLIF Festival last weekend for the screening.