SHADOW OF SHADOWS

by Arturas Bumšteinas

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This piece was composed by Arturas Bumšteinas in Warsaw, November 2010 and premiered by Algirdas Biveinis in Vilnius, December of the same year. The premiere took place in St.Johns' church which accommodates the largest pipe organ in Lithuania. The concert was attended by a set of different people: few old couples, young family with children, a lost tourist, several friends and author's father. Imagine a dark and freezing winter evening... Dark means pitch black and cold means -25 °C. The piece was recorded with several portable recorders placed around the area of the church, one extra microphone was placed outside the church to record the sounds of crows flying above the roofs of Vilnius' old town.

Later, during mixing at home, a poem “Charge of the Light Brigade” written and recited by Alfred Lord Tennyson was added to the mix.

“Charge of the Light Brigade”

Half a league, half a league,
  Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred.

— Lord Tennyson

The piece itself is a harmonic analysis of Soviet Lithuania's (1940-1990) anthem. It could be likened to a shadow which is casted by an object. In this piece's case it's shadow of another shadow.

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released March 1, 2011

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Arturas Bumšteinas

SHADOW (OF SHADOWS) for organ and electronics

1. Shadow Of Shadows [40:05]

performed by Algirdas Biveinis on St.Johns' Church organ in Vilnius, December 2010

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Arturas Bumsteinas Vilnius, Lithuania

Arturas Bumšteinas is a composer, sound artist, performer, improviser working in the fields of experimental, electroacoustic, comprovized music with orientation towards collaborative practices. He is founder-member of ensembles Twentytwentyone, Zarasai, Works&Days. His music is represented by various international festivals and labels, exhibition art is represented by Antje Wachs Galerie in Berlin ... more

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Track Name: SHADOW OF SHADOWS
“Charge of the Light Brigade”

Half a league, half a league,
  Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred.

— Lord Tennyson