excerpt, mit dem mond im gesicht
the spatial audio short film “mit dem mond im gesicht” (with the moon in her face) for live is an ambisonics sound-collage (5th order) of piano recordings, vocals, choirs, sound-design, synths and field recordings for live multimedia concerts, written and produced in 2019. it was part of my vordiplom (mid term work) at the university of arts and design in karlsruhe. in 2021 “mit dem mond im gesicht” won the quattropole music price in luxembourg.
i was inspired by the main theme’s melody after i had met a friend from jordan. for an eternal moment our conversations turned around our cultural and religious differences as well as the difficulty of how a world, reigned by money and wars, can make neighbors and nations get closer together. we watched birds fly and sing, and my eyes were mesmerized by the beauty of exotic flowers. as many differences we had, we noticed how both of us had a huge love for praying. even though the way we pray was probably as different as black and white on a color palette, yet living in a world in which e-cars and stocks are more fashionable and society-accepted than prayers, it was wonderful to meet a person who understands the everlasting longing for a melting with a divine.
when you meditate or pray daily, years over years, there are times, where the loneliness overcomes you like a predictable tsunami. if you dare to let go of your ego, the tsunami will turn into a friendly flock of white doves that sings itself softly into the wild winds. you feel one again, with the earth, the waters, and all other creations of this world. however, sometimes, you might get stuck inside that tsunami that you created. riding that wave for a moment may be striking, and overflowing with a few sweet drops of adrenaline – even though you know that you will be swallowed. the feeling of being devoured by such a force might bring you back to life; knowing, that you are the wave in any way, whether you are dead or alive.