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18 Jun 2012


Johann Johannsson releases Copenhagen Dreams—

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Jóhann Johannsson has released his soundtrack to Max Kestner’s “city symphony”, Copenhagen Dreams. The album features music for string quartet, clarinet, celeste, keyboards and electronics and was recorded with some of Jóhann’s favorite Icelandic musicians.

It ise available on vinyl only in a deluxe gatefold sleeve on Jóhann’s own NTOV label. The album was also available as a limited edition of 150 CD release in a hand-made sleevesold on Jóhann´s European tour in May.

Jóhann Johannsson on Copenhagen Dreams: “Max Kestner approached me about writing the music for his documentary about Copenhagen. For me the project echoed the silent “city symphonies”, like Ruttman’s Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt, Vigo’s A Propos De Nice, or Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera. Kestner’s film shares with those films a desire to capture the spirit, uniqueness, and poetry of a city by assembling images of everyday life in that city.

It is documentary in the poetic mode and I tried to capture this mode in the music. The tone of Kestner’s film constantly shifts from the mundane to the lyrical, from the technocratic jargon of architects to the everyday banter of commuters and coffee house guests, from dry factual inventories to poetic meditations. I tried to reflect this in the music and to make the music the poetic voice of the city, so the music becomes a character of its own which binds the various levels of the film together.”

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