Monday, July 07, 2008

Zerkalo +

There is a new track up on the Zerkalo site called 'Invisible'. Always nice to get another track from one of the MySpace projects. Although this one in particular might not be solely based in the virtual for much longer. In answer to a question on the site about a CD they replied, "...Very soon, we are finishing the LP." Of course it might still be a download from somewhere but it may appear on a more standard format as well. We'll just have to wait and see, which it has to be said is quite refreshing in these days. The new track has female vocals which are more or less as follows,
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Your presence fills
all spaces around me
its invisible, invisible, invisible.
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Also with a small bit of digging on their site I discovered the inspiration to the previously available instrumental track 'Warning You'. They have posted a poem in Russian and English by the noted Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. This continues their interest in Russia. The poem is from 1940 and is itself called 'Warning You', it goes,
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But listen, I am warning you
I'm living for the very last time.
Not as a swallow, nor a maple,
Not as a reed, nor as a star,
Not as spring water,
Nor as the toll of bells...
Will I return to trouble men
Nor will I vex their dreams again
With my insatiable moans
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If you want to hear the poet herself speak the poem in Russian click here
http://max.mmlc.northwestern.edu/~mdenner/Demo/texts/warning_you.html
For more general information on her life go here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Akhmatova
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They also have some info on the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky there as well, not sure if this is new or not but I have covered him in a previous Zerkalo concerned post. They have a YouTube video of him there where he is asked to answer the question, what is art? I think his answer is obviously important to them so have transcribed it into English from the subtitles. They have the French translation up. He says, “Before defining art or any concept we must ask a far broader question: What's the meaning of man's life on earth? Maybe we are here to enhance ourselves spiritually? If our life tends to this spiritual enrichment then art is a means to get there. This of course is in accordance with my own definition of life. Art should help man in this process. Some say art helps man to know the world like any other intellectual activity. I don't believe this possibility of knowing. I am almost an agnostic. Knowledge distracts us from our main purpose in life. The more we know the less we know; getting deeper our horizon becomes narrower. Art enriches man's own spiritual capabilities and he can then rise above himself, to use what we call free will." This might explain their insistent “Life, Life.” title footer.
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Check it all out as ever at http://www.myspace.com/myopspace
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The site they recommend for more on Tarkovsky is here
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~tstronds/nostalghia.com/
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Incidentally I found that Victoria Lukas of the group also has her own solo MySpace site which contains a sole track of mystery at
http://www.myspace.com/inkamera
Also, as detailed before, check out her work with Weltgeist at
http://www.myspace.com/weltgeist
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I plan on writing a full article about the recent Dopplereffekt show in Dublin soon but for now I have a link to one of the sure to be many videos of the gig to keep you going at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkV8vKel-m0
I took the following photo.

1 Comments:

Anonymous passerby said...

zerkalo = mirror (russian), in case anyone wondered.

5:22 AM  

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