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Tindersticks to release World War One soundscapes

By | Published on Tuesday 16 September 2014


Tindersticks have announced that they are to release a collection of soundscapes recorded for the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. Originally commissioned in 2011, the recordings soundtrack the story of the town’s virtual destruction in World War One.

The creation of the music began after the band’s Stuart Staples visited the museum and the surrounding area, saying: “The idea began to form of an evolving piece of music that created the ‘air’ in the spaces themselves, that subtly progressed with the journey through the museum. The only reference points I felt were Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ (via Arvo Part) and the way the atmosphere is dictated by the Seagram murals in the Rothko room in Tate Britain”.

He continued: “I took these ideas back and began work with Dan McKinna. Together, over many months, we formed the score. It is music for strings, horns, drums, crystal baschet, piano and electric guitar. It works in a series of interlocking loops creating relationships that define each of the spaces. The centre piece and climax is the soundtrack for the Klaus Verscheures film installation ‘The Third Battle'”.

Released to coincide with the centenary of the First World War, the album will come out through Lucky Dog Recordings on 20 Oct.

Read more about and see pictures from Staples’ trips to Ypres here.