In the Darkness of the World

Multichannel. Live Performance.

Commissioned by CTM Berlin - Festival for Adventurous Music and Art - Radio Lab 2015

CTM Berlin – Festival for Adventurous Music and Art – Radio Lab
ECAS – European Cities of Advanced Sound
Deutschlandradio Kultur
ORF Ö1 Kunsradio

In the Darkness of the World is a live performance work for 12.1 channels, a video installation and a stereo radio version broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur 13.02.2015 // ORF Ö1 Kunsradio 04.10.2015 // Hörspiel Sommer Leipzig 2016.

Through sound design, sound experimentation and a mix of recordings with hydrophonics; This work re-read the atmosphere, the motives and the intricate geographies of the classic book of universal literature “Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers” (“Twenty thousand leagues of submarine travel”) by Jules Verne.

In The Darkness Of The World, is a radio play of sorts conceived by Mexican composer and sound engineer Sol Rezza. Combining the alien, otherworldly sounds of the deep ocean with snatches of spoken word and rich, womblike swathes of ambience, the overall effect is something like slipping in and out of anaesthesia – disorientating, but undeniably pleasant.

Project information:
Original Title: In the Darkness of the world ©
Year of production: 2015
Country of production: Germany
Premiere: 26/01/2015
Running time in mm:ss: 56:52
Language: Spanish | English | German

Technical Aspects:
Version Live performance Format: Multichannel: 12.1 Live Performance 
Version Video Format: Digitial Video Full HD .MOV H.264 .MP4 Audio: 5.1
Version Radio Format: Digital Audio: 2.0 .WAV 

Production / Commissioned by: Commissioned by CTM Berlin - Festival for Adventurous Music and Art - Radio Lab
Idea / Script / Sound Design / Composition / Performance: Sol Rezza
Original Text: Jules Verne | Vingt mille lieues sous les mers
Visuals / 3D animation / Video Editor: Daniel Iván
Live Sound Engineering and Technical Advisor: Daz Disley | Andreas Pysiewicz
Voices: Lena Vogt | Daniel Iván | Anjorka Strechel | Felix Blume | Christine Renaudat | Lorena Fernández
Voices directors: Götz Naleppa (German Voices) | Guadalupe Lozada (Spanish Voices)
Camera: Daniel Iván | Fenia Kotsopoulou

ECAS - Networking 
Culture Program of the European Commission 
Gohete Institut
Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany
Electronic Studio of the Technische Universitat Berlin
Orf Musikprotokoll Festival
Radio Kunst

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