Title - 'Sundoor' [Vinyl]
Artist - Dustin O'Halloran
For those not in the know, Dustin O’Halloran is a composer based in Berlin and Los Angeles and who founded indie rock band Devics with singer Sara Lov; whom he met while studying art at Santa Monica College.
In 2004, he released his first record as a solo artist, Piano Solos and has gone on to release four more solo records, the latest of which is an EP entitled Sundoor.
He has also gone on to score a number of films and TV shows, including Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy (2011) and Jill Soloway’s Transparent (2014–) - of which he was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for his original Transparent theme - and the upcoming BBC and FX miniseries A Christmas Carol.
Dustin O’Halloran collaborated with Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) to score Lion (2017), and they won an AACTA Award for their score and were nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA.
The two collaborated again to score The Current War (2017), and soon after Dustin O’Halloran collaborated with Bryan Senti to score the TV show Save Me (2018–). His most recent score was for Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.
The aforementioned Sundoor is a site specific piece of music in collaboration with visual artist Slater Bradley for “Sundoor at World’s End” installation at the Church of Mary Magdalene in Venice, Italy in 2017.
The American Slater Bradley is a cross-disciplinary artist. His works, which move between painting, photography and installation examine the fields of science and faith and connections between the mechanisms of the universe, have already been exhibited at the Guggenheim and Whitney Museum in New York.
His works explore collective spiritual experience, sacred sites, and personal history are examined based on topics of transcultural cosmology, philosophy, and mythology.
1. '196 Hz (Pt. 1)' (1:43)
2. '196 Hz (Pt. 2)' (1:54)
3. '196 Hz (Pt. 3)' (4:12)
4. '196 Hz (Pt. 4)' (3:00)
5. '196 Hz (Pt. 5)' (4:25)
6. '196 Hz (Pt. 6)' (5:12)
O’Halloran’s Sundoor EP (released November 8th, 2019 via Deutsche Grammophon) features a single 20-minute piece entitled ‘196 Hz’, and is broken up into six works. (A new album, which will be his first solo studio album since 2011’s acclaimed Lumiere, will be released in 2020).
Having listened to it twice through now, back-to-back, it's true that each work resonates seamlessly within one another, even, at times, allowing you moments to wonder if you keep hearing the same movements time and time again.
And maybe you are, in one way or another, for the world-renowned Reykjavík/Los Angeles-based pianist and composer O'Halloran has created a 20 minute work that not only makes you think, but also submerges you into a world that aches for your attention.
And so, much like aforementioned artist Slater Bradley's "Sundoor at World's End" installation at the Church of Mary Magdalene in Venice, Italy, during the Venice Biennale, Sundoor in all its parts is a quite magnificent, and encapsulating work of art that will live with you long after the final notes have dissipated from your turntable speakers.
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