Thursday, 19 August 2010

Music inspired by the Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker

Composed by sound artist Lustmord in collaboration with ambient musician Robert Rich, Stalker is a 68-min album inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 film of the same name. In the film, a nameless Writer and Professor are led by a tracker, or a stalker through the Zone, a dangerous shape shifting landscape, to the Room which contains a power that makes wishes come through...

Almost immediately after its release in 1995, Stalkerwould be hailed as a landmark album of the Dark Ambient / Isolationist genre. The music is heavy, gloomy and brooding. Like the Zone itself, the album's 7 tracks run continously to form a single shape shifting soundscape, with ghostly foghorns, whispered voices, deep subterranean rumbles, and ominous dark drones that bellow up and dissiapte like plumes of black smoke. Robert Rich provides some of the album's lighter moments with his ethnic musical sounds (which is the closest the album comes to the film's soundtrack and composer Edward Artemiev's electronically treated flutes). The CD from Fathom Records perfectly compliments the music with its sleeve of images by landscape photographer Brad Cole whose haunting work is well worth checking out.

1 comment:

  1. I have not seen the movie - sounds amazing though - and though I'm not a music guy - this piece does interest me.