Chimera Cadence

by Lars Bröndum

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The Gothic concept originates from comments I often get when I play live, “You should write music for horror movies!” Intrigued by the idea I composed this suite of music that is inspired by the moods of Gothic horror fiction, art and architecture. Imagery of crumbling medieval castles ornamented with bizarre chimeras. In dimly lit chambers and dungeons themes of the supernatural, horror, decadence and madness unfold.

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Martin Nyström Dagens Nyheter, 2019-01-16
(A translation to English by Lars Bröndum)

Today’s Album: Lars Bröndum creates voluptious horror music.

After finishing his PhD dissertation on the music which for example was heard in "The shining", Lars Bröndum has now become his own horror master. He knows exactly how important restraint is to bring out the tension.

The composer Lars Bröndum has long been one of our leading electro acoustics. He defended his dissertation on clusters in the music of Ligeti and Penderecki. That is, the sound cloud effects that reached the broad audience through Kubrick's film "The Shining". Now Bröndum has become his own horror master on eight tracks influenced by writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Hart Crane, Anna Akhmatova, Clark Ashton Smith, Marquis de Sade, Charles Baudelaire and the painter Goya. And the music is as scary as it is voluptuous as reality is transformed into a vertiginous path through tall towers or into bottomless pits. Bröndum refrains from bombarding the listener and knows how important restraint is to bring out the tension - in order to reach the roar that is the trapped inside normality - and to eject it out with a crushing force.

Best track: ”When the sky is low and heavy”

4/5 stars
Elektroakustisk musik
Lars Bröndum
”Chimera cadence”
(Lars Bröndum/Antennae Media)
Text by Martin Nyström

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Martin Nyström, Dagens Nyheter,

Dagens skiva: Lars Bröndum skapar vällustig skräckmusik
(2019-01-16)
Efter att ha disputerat på musiken som bland annat hördes i "The shining" har Lars Bröndum nu blivit sin egen skräckmästare, som vet precis hur viktig behärskningen är för att få fram spänningen.
Tonsättaren Lars Bröndum är sedan länge en av våra främsta elektroakustiker och disputerade på en avhandling om kluster hos Ligeti och Penderecki. Alltså de klangmolnseffekter som nådde den breda publiken genom Kubricks film ”The shining”. Nu har Bröndum blivit sin egen skräckmästare på åtta spår som influerats av författare som Edgar Allan Poe, Hart Crane, Anna Akhmatova, Clark Ashton Smith, Markis de Sade, Charles Baudelaire och målaren Goya.Och det är en lika ruskig som vällustig musik där verkligheten förvandlas på ett svindlande sätt i höga torn eller i bottenlösa hålor. För Bröndum öser inte bara på utan vet hur viktig också behärskningen är för att få fram spänningen. För att få vrålet inifrån det instängt normala att slungas ut med en förkrossande kraft.

Bästa spår: ”When the sky is low and heavy”

www.dn.se/kultur-noje/skivrecensioner/dagens-skiva-lars-brondum-skapar-vallustig-skrackmusik/

Bästa spår: ”When the sky is low and heavy”

4/5 Elektroakustisk musik
Lars Bröndum
”Chimera cadence”
(Lars Bröndum/Antennae Media)

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released October 14, 2018

Lars Bröndum Lars Bröndum: Modular Synthesizers, Buchla Music Easel, Theremin, Violin, Percussion,
Prepared Piano, Flute and Computer Treatments.

Music composed, performed, and produced by Lars Bröndum.
Thanks to Barbara Bröndum for Voice on 1, 4 & 5. Pictures and Cover art by Lars Bröndum .

The music is inspired by Gothic art and fiction by Charles Baudelaire, William Blake, de Sade, Edgar Allan Poe, Hart Crane, Lewis, Goya, Clark Ashton Smith, Anna Akhmatova

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Lars Bröndum Stockholm, Sweden

Lars Bröndum is a composer, performer of live-electronics and guitarist. His music has been performed in for example Sweden, Japan, Russia, Scotland, Lithuania, Latvia, England, USA, Spain and Mexico. Lars performs live using an analog modular system, a Theremin, effect pedals. ... more

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