Tessellatum is the title of the new album by Nadia Sirota, who performs violin on the film soundtrack, composed by Donnacha Dennehy. All fifteen string parts were played by Nadia, with Liam Byrne on viola. Recording took place at Greenhouse Studios in Iceland. The film and music play with the idea of man versus nature. Intriguingly, timbres and textures alternate between manmade systems and nature's own resonances, working in harmony. LP / CD on Bedroom Community.
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 17 August 2017
Witness the string tessellation of Nadia Sirota and Liam Byrne, playing the spooky microtonal drones of Donnacha Dennehy on this new one on Bedroom Community. They play the viola and bass viol (huh), respectively, faithfully reproducing Dennehy’s slithering score for Steven Mertens’ animation depicting the opposing forces of man and nature.
Well, they’ve all probably got a point, we’re doing our best to smash the place up huh, controlling and ordering the world in our own image. You can hear these woes in the tones that the string slicers pull from their instruments, showing us a nice combo of fast, harsher viola shredding and more steadily sliding notes that ebb and flow with a seasick quality. During these sequences, Sirota and Byrne will veer from microtonal dissonance to forlorn harmony with ease, sneaking in discord like a threatening storm.
I also like how the different instruments and layers skitter about between the left and right speakers; it really makes you feel like you’re in a room with a group, but a group much bigger than the two of them. I’m gonna be honest, it’s pretty miserable stuff but if you’re like me and want something to curl up to every once in a while (every day) then listen no further. Calamitous stuff for dark times.
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