THE BLUE NOTEBOOKS | 15th Anniversary Reissue

 

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. 

 

 

All other formats HERE

SLEEP | Available for Streaming on March 16th

“Reaches out to a place somewhere beyond the mortal world. Beguiling.” – The New Yorker

On March 16th, World Sleep Day, Max Richter’s eight and a half hour opus, SLEEP, in its true and original form, will be made available for digital streaming for the first time, allowing it to be experienced without interruption, to accompany the listener’s sleeping hours, as the composer intended.  

Information on SLEEP via streaming HERE.

MAX RICHTER & YULIA MAHR | Sounds and Visions – Barbican Centre

Max Richter and artist Yulia Mahr have been announced as the curators of the Barbican’s marathon weekend in 2018. Their ambitious programme is a marathon journey into music, image, and their meeting points in today’s culture. Richter and Mahr’s programme consists of numerous events both ticketed and free, including concerts and film screenings, taking place at the Barbican Centre.

As part of the weekend Max Richter will perform INFRA on 11 May and Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works on 12 May. Following the live performance of Richter’s score alongside the film Waltz With Bashir on 13 May, Max will speak in a Q&A session. For more information please visit the official site HERE.

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