ONE OF THE KEY FESTIVAL EVENTS SEES LA-BASED DARK AMBIENT OVERLORD LUSTMORD JOIN FORCES WITH NORWEGIAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC PIONEER BIOSPHERE. THEY PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE UNSOUND-COMMISSIONED PIECE TRINITY, EXPLORING THE FIRST TESTS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE NEW MEXICO DESERT. POLAND’S JACASZEK OPENS WITH HIS TRIO, PERFORMING HAUNTING WORKS FROM HIS NEW ALBUM “GLIMMER,” RELEASED ON GHOSTLY.
Lustmord and Biosphere come from different worlds – Lustmord having emerged with the industrial music scene of the early 80s and Biosphere emerging with the Techno scene of the early 90s. However both have evolved their music into distinctly unique styles. Both have also been heavily involved in creating sound-design and soundtracks – most notably for The Crow (Lustmord) and Insomnia (Biosphere).
The idea for this project first started to germinate in 2011 when Mat Schulz, Unsound’s founder, was traveling in the Colorado/New Mexico area. Lustmord mentioned some places in the area related to the Atomic bomb that he should visit. This awareness of Lustmord’s interest in the subject, coupled with a desire to create a project with an American focus especially for this New York edition of Unsound, created the initial basis for this unique commission.
Schulz recalls “Los Alamos made me think how rich and pertinent the story of the development of nuclear testing is - it reveals how much we're capable of as human beings, yet this comes with a very dark side. The landscape around that place is deep and full of mystery. It seemed like a great place to connect with some kind of project. And strangely enough, though Chernobyl in Ukraine has been mined in terms of a reference point for many contemporary art works dealing with nuclear power, including sound art, Los Alamos and the New Mexico testing sites don't seem to have been addressed much in this kind of context.“
Thus the idea for TRINITY was born - TRINITY being the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear device at White Sands Proving Grounds. Lustmord and Biosphere recently visited the site and other locations in preparation for the project. Lustmord notes that the “name holds connotations with Christian doctrine and also applies to undercurrents in the project in particular Alpha & Omega vs Oppenheimer's Shiva.” Adding “Everything changed on that day on July 16, 1945. For the first time we had the capability to totally destroy ourselves and the world we live in. We have lived in its shadow and have been feeling its resonance ever since. The project isn't just about the making and detonating of the first nuclear device, but is also about the mindset that bought it about and the beauty and the horror of its existence and its deployment.”
Lustmord and Biosphere are also fully involvement in the development of visuals for TRINITY, which will include footage shot especially by filmmaker Matthew Betlej in New Mexico along with archival materials of nuclear weapon tests. These raw materials will be assembled into a visual presentation by Berlin-based video artist MFO, who has already worked with the likes of Kode9, Shackleton, Oni Ayhun and more.