Australian experimental musician Ben Frost and Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason have created a sonic masterpiece in tribute to Solaris, both the 1961 novel by Stanisław Lem and the 1972 film by Andrei Tarkovsky. As part of the Unsound Festival New York in April 2011, Frost and Bjarnason premiered their new score in America featuring visuals by Brian Eno. Eno, who mentored Frost as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in 2010 and 2011, consulted on the subsequent album SÓLARIS. Released by Bedroom Community last month, SÓLARIS is just as unsettling and haunting as Eduard Artemyev’s original score.

Artemyev was an early proponent of electronic music, particularly the use of ANS synthesizers. His ominous and at times funereal score also featured ambient drone and the chorale prelude from Bach’s Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ. In contrast, Frost and Bjarnason combined the string orchestra of Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia, piano, and guitars, and modified the pieces with pitch correction software Melodyne, to create a heartbreaking soundscape to one of my favorite films.

Check out a preview of the album and a teaser video for the track, “Reyja” below.

ben frost & daniel bjarnason – solaris (album preview) by experimedia

Ben Frost also scored Julia Leigh’s directorial debut, the erotic drama Sleeping Beauty, which premiered at Cannes this year.

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