Colouring of Pigeons


Last year I read a posting on Swedish synthpop group The Knife’s website announcing that instead of working on a new album that the reclusive group, who I think has only performed live only a handful of times, is working in collaboration with Hotel Pro Forma, A Danish theater production company that is hosting an opera that is like no other. The concept ,if you can grasp, goes something like this…
“…is written for singers of three different backgrounds: Popular music, classical opera and performing arts. They are the narrators and the main characters in the performance. The singers tell about Darwin and they observe time and nature as Darwin… Directed by Ralf Richardt Strøbech and Kirsten Dehlholm, the visual and conceptual universe is formed by Darwin’s thoughts, experiences and letters. The performance is divided into two parts – analogous to the development and publications of The Origin of Species. The opera presents an image of Darwin that above all reminds us that the world is a place of remarkable similarities and amazing diversity. That over time – tomorrow, in a year, or tomorrow, in a million years – change is inevitable.”
The Knife recorded most of the sounds while traveling in the Amazon Jungle and Iceland to get a sense of evolutionary influence if you will. I’m not particularly a fan of the opera but the concept behind this sounds pretty interesting. And really anything involving Karin Dreijer Andersson, who is one half of The Knife, demands my attention after her landmark solo album Fever Ray basically blew my mind.
The Knife in collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock announced that the music for the opera will be released in album form due on March 1st 2010. The Knife were kind enough to give us a sneak peek of the album. The track is called Colouring of Pigeons.
“The title is taken from Charles Darwin’s studies of pigeons, a breakthrough of his examinations, coming home after The Beagle trip, it is when when he started to discover the genetics transferred within generations. It is a track maximizing the results of his studies. I thought of the “diversity of everything” something we have discussed a lot with Hotel Pro Forma, and a non-hierarchical way of seeing things. All the small details he studied and made notes of, like a pile of ants, an ants hill. Also a feeling of seeing things for the first time, overwhelming and shaken, but not afraid.”
here’s that track in all its wonderful freakiness.

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~ by Santiago on January 13, 2010.

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