William Ryan Fritch - Solidum

Lost Tribe Sound
(LTS048)




Release date: 12/04/2020

Genre: Classical 
Sub-Genre: Modern Composition

Solidum, is an album of unexpected stillness and negative space from William Ryan Fritch, a composer most known for his lush, dense arrangements that teem with a raw kinetic sense of energy. 

Typical Fritch records are chock-full of hyper-textural sound, where mechanical noise and small idiosyncrasies of each instrument become an integral part of the music’s character. By contrast, Solidum uses a colder and more rounded sound palette that relies on PZM and boundary mics to capture the upright piano, cello, violin, and harp bowed with rosined fishing line and blend them with digital piano and A Roland JX-3p. This gives the muted acoustics an unnatural smoothness and a pitchy quaver that makes the listener question what is synthesized and what is not. The creative impetus was to see what sense of emotionality and sincerity could be achieved without relying on Fritch’s familiar aesthetic of tactile and vulnerable sounds.

The title Solidum comes from the Latin phrase “in Solidum,” meaning “for the whole.” It’s a mentality that must somehow prevail, at a time when there is less of a sense of closeness than there has been at any point in recent memory.
 
Many works of art have been made amidst this pandemic and it’s been fascinating seeing how artists have translated the experiences of heightened uncertainty, loneliness and longing for connection. Solidum is Fritch’s one search for connection and deepened empathy in a world where touch and closeness has been so cruelly taken away from our means of showing love.

01 Movement I
02 Movement II
03 Movement III
04 Movement IV
05 Movement V
06 Movement VI
07 Movement VII
08 Movement VIII
09 Movement IX
10 Movement X
11 Movement XI
12 Movement XII
13 Movement XIII
14 Movement XIV
15 Movement XV
16 Movement XVI
17 Movement XVII
18 Movement XVIII
19 Movement XIX
20 Movement XX
21 Movement XXI

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