A while ago, American composer Charles Coleman kindly commented on my rendition of John Adams’s fabulous “Harmonielehre:” https://vimeo.com/85285097 (Charles' original comments are visible below the video).
One thing lead to another, and we ended up starting a collaboration.
“Carmilla” is the first piece born of that collaboration, and its music is inspired from the 1871 novella of the same name by Joseph Sheridan La Fanu. It tells the story of Carmilla, a young female vampire who develops an unusual obsession for her susceptible young friend, Laura. Carmilla, later morphs into the form of a black cat who bites Laura on the neck. Laura becomes deathly ill as a result, but later survives. Whereas Carmilla is subsequently killed by an imperial commission. The piece tries to musically show the tension, eerie and seductive nature of Carmilla that is portrayed in the novella (these comments come from this page: https://fandalism.com/cfc/dBSb).
Charles' music is very potent (amazing actually) and even if I was aware of its origin, I decided to focus on the music “only” and forget about the novel.
But gothic it definitely is, so I started the images in a dark black and grey world, expecting colours to eventually arrive.
But colours never came (when I work as best I can, and if I am lucky, the work itself soon acquires a life of its own and I do my best to refrain from imposing elements that would come from my discursive mind).
This is one of the most enjoyable pieces I have ever done, the music is immense, I can only think of my renditions of Stravinsky’s “Sacre du Printemps” (https://vimeo.com/64193347), Steve Reich’s “The Four Sections” (https://vimeo.com/46826640) and of course, John Adams’ “Harmonielehre” (https://vimeo.com/85285097) to remember having experienced the same kind of joy-while-working Charles’ music is responsible for.
This would never have happened were it not for the better side of the web, am most grateful for it.
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