In April I had another “binge”… I mean, it was a non-stop watching of Andrei Tarkovsky’s movies — “Solaris” (my favorite since childhood), “Stalker”, “Nostalgia”, and “The Sacrifice”. Also watched a few films about Tarkovsky (but this is something that I will reserve for another article).
Then I found a couple of interesting clips on youtube: Eduard Artemyev, a famous Russian composer, talks about his work on Tarkovsky’s “Solaris” and “Stalker”.
But first here is my favorite theme:
Eduard Artemyev – Meditation
While working on “Stalker” Andrei Tarkovsky became interested in Zen Buddhism and wanted Artemyev learn about the basic principles of Zen, too.
Speaking about the creation of the main music theme for “Stalker”, Artemyev said that his original idea was to play a medieval melody on a Tar (a string instrument originating in Persia) accompanied by an orchestra. But when it came to the recording stage, the director did not like the idea. So Eduard Artemiev had to look for another solution, and the one he found was simple but brilliant.
I recalled the Indian tradition of improvisation: a Veena player plays the root note, and the sitar plays Jubilus, a variation on the main tune.”
(The Veena is a plucked stringed instrument originating in ancient India.)
Artemyev invited the same Tar player who participated in the recording of the first version of the theme. In addition, the composer used a chamber string orchestra, a Synthi 100 synthesizer and a blockflute.
Eduard Artemyev on his work on Andrei Tarkovsky’s movies
(Video does not playback? Watch it on Youtube.)
By the way, Norman Records have recently published the “Solaris” soundtrack on LP:
Edward Artemyev – Solaris – Original Soundtrack (Vinyl LP):
They have also published the “Stalker/The Mirror” LP:
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