ANTIGONE / PERSAE

by Opsis

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These eight tracks are a selection from Opsis' album "Antigone / Persae", released in 2013

Composing music for Persae and Antigone
Music for two classic drama plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles. Why, one might ask. However, the real question here is not why composing music for Persae and Antigone but why composing electronic music for Persae and Antigone.
My strong belief is that electronic music is the most suitable for ancient greek drama. Its variety, open – mindness and introspection renders it by far the most appropriate artistic choice to convey musically the eternal agonies of man as they are portrayed in the works of the three tragic poets of the ancient world. Still, I think this shouldn't presuppose the exclusion of conventional instruments but rather a wise co-existence or at least some kind of correlation between the two processes of making music. In fact, quite a lot of this music here was performed in the right way before dissolving in electronic textures and soundscapes. The other half was created in the lab, meaning it started from a single frequency or a fragment of interesting noise.
The goal of these two albums, collected beautifully in one single packaging by Creative Space recordings, was not so much to follow closely the story of these extraordinary plays as to focus on the most substantial characters of the tragedies, trying to express their emotional variations and torments. Therefore, this work should not be conceived as a soundtrack for two fictional plays; it is merely a personal contemplation on the tragic events taking place in the plays and their effect on its characters. On the other hand, I felt that I couldn't leave out of the project the important role of the Chorus. Consequently, I came up with the idea of treating electronically vocal pieces from western and eastern Christian religion. For Persae, I chose music from Renaissance and for Antigone musical pieces from the tradition of Byzantium. It seemed to me that I could not overlook the close relation of all tragedies with religion; after all, the ancient drama was dedicated to Dionysus, God of Ecstasy, among others (wine, harvest etc).
Finally, the raison d'être of this musical approach of Aeschylus' Persae and Sophocles' Antigone was pure love, admiration and awe for these formidable texts and nothing else. Hope you 'll enjoy...

Byron Katritsis (Opsis)

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released 22 October 2013

music: Opsis
mastering: Spyweirdos
artwork: Creative Space
painting: Aris Michalopoulos

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Opsis Athens, Greece

Opsis is the new project of Greek composer Byron Katritsis.(member of Neon-Morphee, Au theatre des sons imaginaires...) He is inspired by ancient Greek drama and uses deep drones, instruments of the orchestra, noise, dislocated beats and classical vocal choruses from Byzantium and Renaissance. Persae / Antigone”, was released on a double CD format by Creative Space recordings in the fall of 2013. ... more

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