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ARTIST
TITLE
Ghosthour Diary
FORMAT
CD

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MONO 079CD MONO 079CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/10/2014

Florina Speth, born in 1983 in the mountains near Salzburg, started playing the cello and piano at the age of 6 and began studying music at the University Mozarteum Salzburg when she was just 11. She won several prizes playing solo and string quartet ensembles, and was part of orchestras like Bayerisches Landesjugend Orchester and Salzburger Junge Philarmonie all over Europe. Besides classical music she has always keenly been interested in contemporary music and was part of performing ensembles in lots of world premieres. Since that, she has been obsessed with creating music electronically and started Schloss Mirabell. She plays in different constellations with musicians such as Nicholas Bussmann, Dasha Rush, Niels Böttcher and Maximilian Stadler. Orchestras here are replaced by unknown sound characters that listen to each other, exchange, react, adopt dynamic shifts and act freely -- in parts, the conducting composer cannot control it. In her compositions, these sound characters step into fine-grained dialogues between her cello, bleeping spheres of electronic hummingbirds and multi-time codes. These scenarios take place in pitch-black carpets of dead butterflies falling, simmering shapes of polyoscillations against luminance or in vacuums of icy dust. The sound creates patience for unspeakable things that glamorize time -- namely music. Her album Ghosthour Diaries is a musical narrative of those unspeakable perspectives on things. As all pieces were composed after midnight during the "ghost hours," it is an intimate view of the states before sleep.