Starring Elisabeth Moss, the short film “On The Nature of Daylight” premieres today as part of the the 15th Anniversary reissue of Max Richter’s work, The Blue Notebooks. Originally composed in 2003, the reissue from Deutsche Grammophon features several bonus tracks, a special vinyl release, and a super deluxe edition due June 29th.
Filmed in Toronto, Canada in March, 2018 by director George Belfield, with Steve Annis as Director of Photography, the six-and-a-half minute short stars Moss, a recent winner of, among other prizes, Golden Globe and Emmy Awards as Executive Producer of and Lead Actress in The Handmaid’s Tale. Moss – who calls herself Richter’s “biggest fan”– also produced the film, alongside Richter’s creative partner Yulia Mahr, Stefan Demetriou, Tarquin Glass and Max Brook.On The Nature Of Daylight – The Blue Notebooks
SLEEP is coming to LA! Presented by The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles at Grand Park – 27th & 28th July Performing w/ ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble. www.musiccenter.org/sleep
The Music Center presents Max Richter’s 8 hour overnight piece, SLEEP. Performed for the first time outdoors, the 2 performances with soprano Grace Davidson and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will take place at Grand Park on July 27th and 28th. Information and tickets HERE
Originally written in 2003 ‘The Blue Notebooks’ is now a cult classic that’s paved the way for a generation of new artists combining classical and electronic elements with a post rock sensibility. Conceptually, Max describes the album as “a meditation on violence and its repercussions, inspired both by the Iraq war – which was looming – and my own experiences”. The album is also intimately personal and Richter recalls that, “as a very sensitive child, I reacted to the violence around me by internalizing everything. My only refuge was music, and I totally disappeared into the internal landscapes it opened up to me.”
The album embodies a morphing cycle of observation and experience. The bonus material matches the main album in ability to evoke, and whether heard in its original or expanded incarnations, it makes for a record of plaintive beauty, where rich organic strings meet gauzy, low fi electronics. Sense-stimulating textures, foley-style found sounds and the ASMR-like detailed capture of actress Tilda Swinton’s renditions create a deeply effective ambience.
The new editions of the album include remixes from Konx-Om-Pax and Jlin – both of which offer a fascinating cultural exchange. Other new features include a previously unreleased track and new arrangements of compositions written at the time. The Super Deluxe Edition also features a brand new track called ‘Cypher’.
Celebrating the anniversary of The Blue Notebooks, Apple Music have created a special room with music from the album, video interviews, and a playlist selected by Max of piano music from some of his favourite composers HERE.