THE BLACKENED MUSIC SERIES Presents Lustmord and Biosphere at West Park Church, April 21 2012
One of the key events of the innovative and forward looking Unsound Festival New York, LA-based dark ambient overload joins forces with Norwegian electronic music pioneer Biosphere for the world premiere of the Unsound-commissioned piece TRINTY. TRINTY explores the first tests of nuclear weapons in the New Mexico desert.
TRINITY was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear device at White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico. 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. 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 includes footage shot 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.