Notes & Reviews:
Bernhard Lang's work examines the meaning of life, revolving around themes of existence and death. Through cellular automats and granular analytical methods, historical texts are processed, comparable to the approach of experimental films by Raphael Montanez Ortiz and Martin Arnold with "found footage." All movements circle around so-called catastrophic episodes, where the unfolding process comes to a standstill and is blocked in "dead repetitions" (Gilles Deleuze) like a stuck record or a defective DVD. On this disc, Lang goes deep into the substance of Haydn's enigmatic masterpiece The Seven Last Words of Christ to reach a radical insight. His composition is interpreted in expressive, existential sound by the Arditti String Quartet.
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