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Quote of the Week: Artemiev’s Solaris

From composer Edward Artemiev‘s notebook as he worked on the score to director Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Solaris, released in 1972:

The characters of the film hear (or are trying to hear) sounds either similar to terrestrial ones, or sounds which are kinds of little cells or islands remaining from the Earth which they manage to identify out of the mass of strange and yet incomprehensible noises.
The quote is from the recently published book Edward Artemiev’s Musical Universe (Vagrius), written by Tatiana Yegorova. Yegorova is the head of the Department of Research of Modern Culture at the Moscow Institute of Social and Cultural Studies. The source of the Tarkovsky film was the Stanislaw Lem novel Solaris, which was later re-adapted by director Steven Soderbergh, with a score by Cliff Martinez.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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