It's always exciting to be putting on another Filthy Lucre event, but this one has particularly sparked my imagination. We're doing a whole gig in invented languages, with music from Hildegard to the Talking Heads.
I've written three arrangements, two of chants by Hildegard and one of Warszawa by David Bowie and Brian Eno.
The Hildegard arrangements tap into something I've been thinking about a lot recently: a strange confluence of medieval drones and the steady harmonies of electronic music. In my big synth suite I'm working on, microtonal chants intersperse each movement.
I built on these to create my Hildegard arrangements, aiming to sound dusty and ancient yet thrillingly alive. Hildegard's words excited me with their strange, specific visions of the divine. Here's a little clip:
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