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National Theater & Jetzt Musik Festival has been doing an amazing job at combining electronic music and other art forms as represented by the institutions in Mannheim. In March 2012 the deep sounds from the Spanish electro-dub duo Pulshar and readings of texts by contemporary authors created an imaginary map of migration routes from Africa to Spain and further on into the cities of Germany. An evening that deals with the other side of globalization, the Europe of borders and the darkness of the sea. The text was read in German and Spanish language.
This release is the first edited material by Pulshar after the acclaimed “Inside” (Desolat, 2010). After more than a year playing live in several countries, they believed it was the right moment to publish new compositions that reflect a musical style which is usually underrated due to the dictatorship” of bpms and the current trends in electronic music. Pulshar has the capability of creating an atmosphere that defies both space and time, developing their more experimental and ambient side, allowing the audience to release their imagination and becoming a part of the full experience. It is emotional music, loaded with images, that interacts with the listener. Perhaps the term “program music” or “descriptive music” adjusts better to the album than “ambient music”, since it is a type of music composed especially for a series of texts that transport us to a specific place and characters. At the same time it is music that keeps it’s autonomy, it can be enjoyed without the plot or without being present in the theatre, given its evocative personality. Africa. The ocean. Europe. A goal which turns into a need, searching for a better but uncertain future. Risking the present life for a more hopeful one, even if it means starting from scratch. Reinventing oneself in a strange world, leaving everything familiar behind.
Introduction: the ocean, main character, judge, majestic, vast and unknown. A stage is left behind, something is yet to come… but this “something” depends on luck, nature. We put ourselves in destiny’s hands.
“The girl from the neighboring town is already in Spain. I will also make it to Europe and send money back home. I cannot stay here any longer. There we go!”
The ocean is calm. You can still hear the echoes from the surroundings that are being left behind. The land, the place where one was born fades away in the distance. All there is left to do is wait as we go deeper into the horizon. The coin has been flipped. The journey has begun.
“Journeys about hope, misleading promises, the impossibility of walling off the seas, dry throats, empty stomachs, folded hands and skies puffed with stars, of dangerous surges and vague perspectives, not knowing anything, about the unknown, sinking, faith, dying and wanting to live.”
Nighttime arrives, the first night at sea. Only moonlight shines upon us… We must try to get some sleep… Meanwhile, with our eyes closed, we seem to hear voices coming from the depths of the ocean… But mermaids don’t exist… Is it our imagination of due to fatigue?
“Depth. Silence. Being quiet. Not think about anything. Not search… It is too late to scream. Calm. Pulse. Rest.”
I have a feeling that something is going wrong. I don’t want to sleep; I don’t want nightmares to come back. The stories about those who tried and failed come back to my mind. Its not going to happen to me… Right?
“Now I am sinking, I am in the water, I sink deeper and deeper, its getting dark, soon the surface will be out of sight, something sparks, I reach the ocean floor, coral reefs, colorful and sharp blades.”
I don’t know what happened, but I am on a beach. Did I make it? Maybe I am dead and I am imagining it… There are unknown people around me who are trying to tell me something. I don’t understand them. Is this Europe?
“Those algae, shells and corals which only exist between Africa and Europe should be interrogated, only them, which keep the memory of those who drowned, would know how to sing a song which could still move the heart of Europe.”
“The album cover symbolizes several concepts… the 5 fingers represent the 5 continents, Europe is the smallest one… the hand is a unit, but at the same time separated. The 5 individual fingers don’t constitute a hand, as well as each individual continent does not form the world.”