NOT030 – Lothar Ohlmeier / Isambard Khroustaliov – Lady Fairfax – Release Date: 18th November 2013.
01 – Vermont
02 – Hellespont
03 – Beatrice
04 – Avenue
Recorded live at the Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam on September 16th 2012 by Concert Zender, Recording technician Joost Kist, recording produced by Kees van de Wiel. Mixed and mastered by Will Worsley and Isambard Khroustaliov at Coda-Cola, London.
Artwork by Ollie Alsop.
It seems that no science fiction movie is quite complete without some form of musical reminiscence in its soundtrack; think Vangelis’ love theme in Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’, or Andrei Tarkovsky’s quotation of Bach in ‘Solaris’.
With this in mind, it is perhaps apt that around the mid point of this live recording, which finds our protagonists reunited in Amsterdam for a performance, Lothar Ohlmeier spontaneously reaches for the melody from the verse to George Gershwin’s ‘But Not For Me’ to weave into his dialogue with Isambard Khroustaliov’s electronics. It is in a curious way a defining moment; as if the ghost of Sonny Rollins fleetingly enters the room, a spectre from another time and place sent to confound our predicament as defined by the arrow of time. The presence is registered only to vanish, enveloped by the brooding non-linear digital counterpoint, a fog of musical DNA which signals the vortex that unfolds here as ‘Lady Fairfax’
From our perspective after the event, this recorded trace is all that remains, complimented by the plumes of debris levitating from Ollie Alsop’s imagined future in which gravity has become a commodity expelled by some electromagnetic storm. In this indistinct future place and time, one might do well to remember Marcellus’s call to action from Hamlet; "Thou art a scholar; speak to it, Horatio."