Stabat Mater is a 20 movement cycle of audio/visual ecstatic visions from experimental sacred audio/visual duo ARIADNE. The cycle is being released as a purely musical work on cassette tape and as an interactive audio/visual web based experience. Stabat Mater is heavily inspired by the visions of female Christian mystics Hildegard von Bingen and Teresa of Ávila. The lyrics for Stabat Mater include adaptations of writings from these mystics fused together with text taken from surrealist poet Aase Berg’s With Deer and Dark Matter (both translated by Johannes Göransson and published by Black Ocean).
DIGITAL / WEBGL
The audio/visual version of the album is implemented as a web based 3D interactive experience, wherein each of the 20 visions are depicted as an integrated audio/visual experience. The visuals are generative and use real-time audio analysis, physics simulation and user input to determine the animation so that each experience is unique.
In contrast to the interactive digital sanctuary, the cassette version serves as a physical relic for these visions and represents another path to experiencing the audio material. The... dualistic nature of ARIADNE is fully realized by the balancing of digital creation with analog reproduction, professionally duplicated onto hi-fi Chrome+ tape stock. The format was also chosen for its encouragement of uninterrupted listening sessions, with movements transitioning seamlessly into one another and purposefully shedding the burden of listener interaction. The physical version is being released in “light” and “dark” editions with inverted cover art, case and cassette colors for each, with both featuring multi-panel artwork and full lyrical transcripts.
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Released by Auris Apothecary