Original Release: 2016 | Digital Distrubution: 2018 | Record Label: Bivác Records
Genre: Contemporary Classical, Soundtrack, Electronic | Duration: 29 ' 37 " / 5 Tracks
from Love and Information
(EP) - 2016 | Pedram Babaiee
From Love and Information is a fragment, containing five pieces extracted from the 60 minutes long original music composed by Pedram Babaiee for the premiere performance of Caryl Churchill’s play Love and Information in UMass Amherst, Directed by Nikoo Mamdoohi. Originally released Feb 2016, in April 2018 Bivác Records published digital version and RouteNote Ltd digitally distributed it.
1. Act I (06:04)
2. Act IV (09:58)
3. Act VI (05:47)
4. Act VII: Manic (03:42)
5. Act VII: Art of Giving Up (04:17)
• All tracks composed by Pedram Babaiee
Mona Abbassi Violin
Sahar Nateghi Violin
Ashkan Fakhari Viola
Danial Foroughi Cello
Saeed Shams Clarinet
Pedram Babaiee Piano, Synthesiser
Art Dircetion: Q-mars Haeri
Artist Photo © Sarang Hashemi
Like an impressionist painting, Love and Information is a play that paints the grandeur of life and its moments, through
vignettes of everyday life and relationships. The music composed for the play, while complementing the experience,
begins a journey into deep levels of perception and emotional realms comprising what is known as the human condition.
Pedram Babaiee, with his masterful skill and incomparable ingenuity, gave a spirit to this play that took the audiences to places
they did not expect; giving them the space to reflect and confront with parts of their lives and memories lost, or far from view.
This is what his music does—it inspires, challenges and mesmerizes you beyond control.
Contemporary Portrait of Communication Breakdown
Imagine a world in which we could capture an abstract version of our moments, feelings, and conditions, as conceptual and passionate as they truly are. You could pin your life experiences to the world as they would live and be lived, forever. Representing such a concept may need a much greater and stronger tool, than language; an existence beyond ideas of right or wrong — the perfect combination of Love and Information.
During the last four years, I’ve been working on a personal project -my upcoming album Ruins of a Memoir- with the intention of creating a sonic image of near-life experience concepts like the one explained above.
In 2015, long-time friend and collaborator, Nikoo, asked me to work on the new theatre piece she was directing. I was really excited about the concept, early music ideas that came to my mind was contrasting contemporary classical music with glitchy electronic textures.
From “Love and Information” contains five pieces extracted from the 60 minutes long original music composed for the premiere performance of Caryl Churchill’s play Love and Information in UMass Amherst.
There are interesting stories to be told about the recording days, from destroying a high-end microphone trying to record noise signals, to sleeping cats on my piano. But for now, I’m going to get passed all of them and just tell of a personal realization: recently when I was re-mastering songs for this digital release and thinking about all the memories of “Love and Information” recording days, I oddly noticed that every single story plus all the emotions and feelings of those days are actually captured within the recordings, in an incredible harmony of form and content. And not only they existed in my imaginations but in actual audio waveforms!
Unconsciously, “Love and Information” had become a real combination of love -friendships, collaborations, musician interactions, emotions, etc.- and information -the play script, emails, music sheets, recording process, etc.-
without being noticed. With each passing day, I’m becoming more certain that such a world described in the beginning, does exist within our everyday life. It may be covered by noisy textures, signal losses, and low-quality vibes, but those who want to explore and be present will reach deep down to beautiful layers of harmony — as it is true that beautiful things don’t ask for attention.
So, this is all about Love and Information.
Pedram, March 2018
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