Stabat Mater

by ARIADNE

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Stabat Mater is a 20 movement cycle of audio/visual ecstatic visions from experimental sacred audio/visual duo ARIADNE. The cycle is being released as a purely musical work on cassette tape and as an interactive audio/visual web based experience. Stabat Mater is heavily inspired by the visions of female Christian mystics Hildegard von Bingen and Teresa of Ávila. The lyrics for Stabat Mater include adaptations of writings from these mystics fused together with text taken from surrealist poet Aase Berg’s With Deer and Dark Matter (both translated by Johannes Göransson and published by Black Ocean).

DIGITAL / WEBGL
The audio/visual version of the album is implemented as a web based 3D interactive experience, wherein each of the 20 visions are depicted as an integrated audio/visual experience. The visuals are generative and use real-time audio analysis, physics simulation and user input to determine the animation so that each experience is unique.

- Experience the first interactive / webGL single “grief divine” here: www.ariadnedigital.net/releases/stabat-mater/webgl/experience.html?track=15-grief-divine

PHYSICAL CASSETTE
In contrast to the interactive digital sanctuary, the cassette version serves as a physical relic for these visions and represents another path to experiencing the audio material. The dualistic nature of ARIADNE is fully realized by the balancing of digital creation with analog reproduction, professionally duplicated onto hi-fi Chrome+ tape stock. The format was also chosen for its encouragement of uninterrupted listening sessions, with movements transitioning seamlessly into one another and purposefully shedding the burden of listener interaction. The physical version is being released in “light” and “dark” editions with inverted cover art, case and cassette colors for each, with both featuring multi-panel artwork and full lyrical transcripts.

- Purchase cassette here: aurisapothecary.org/shop/ariadne-stabat-mater/

Released by Auris Apothecary

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released October 27, 2017

Music & Art by ARIADNE
Produced by ARIADNE
Layout by Dante Augustus Scarlatti

Auris Apothecary MMXVII
PO Box 128 Bloomington, IN
United States of America
AURISAPOTHECARY.ORG
AAX-156 | EDITION OF 200

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ARIADNE Brooklyn, New York

Ariadne is an A/V experimental sacred music duo comprised of Christine Papania (voice, electronics) and Benjamin Forest (electronics). With a focus on interspersing the ritualism of ancient spirituality and the secular iconography of the postmodern, Ariadne flawlessly bridge the two worlds through their intricate musical compositions, striking digital visuals, and captivating live performances. ... more

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Track Name: wounds renew
wounds split open through the cracks of my skin
hands anointed and fingers curl
my head is immersed in pools of white foam
I am bathed in liquid
it pours itself throughout
it pours itself throughout my limbs
I search inward, washed clean in milk
it will come through my eyes from the other side
Track Name: mother weeping
body cast in milk
come into you soft as sleep
I am bathed in liquid
put my fist through my mouth and pull the roots out of the ground
my eyes filled fast with milk
I weep from this place
I weep from my throat and swim alongside this tide
body cast in milk
I shall come through your eyes
Track Name: nourishment
my feeble heart
my feeble heart beats through this enclosed shell
exploding waves break
I drag myself
a slit begins to dissolve through these heavy waters
thrusting my body across netted fibers and pounding veins
Track Name: she beneath
gasping for oxygen
an entire lung full of salty air
throbbing fiercely
throbbing
Track Name: burning sphere
I swell with fatigue
burning sphere pressing me down
I swell with fatigue
burning sphere pressing me down
Track Name: fragile veils
I have cried out tearfully to you
her face appears as if it is pure water
she touches me
I am covered with fragile veils
glowing like a thousand eggs
I flow forth
I flow forth from this froth-filled watercourse
Track Name: black vein
I wake in the middle of the night from feverish waves
silent clusters form
dew collects on my eyelids
this night fever lowers through me
breathes against my chest
my fingers search the bottom of the lake
for the water lily’s black vein
to find
to find my nourishment
Track Name: on your knees
in the distance the wind is slowly dying
the night of nights is coming
but still my fetus flower rests untouched
and still my fingers search the bottom
a wreath of water encircles my torso
here glowing petals stick to the thin branch
there is a scab on me
this water runs slow and sweet
glowing through my milk skin
I will bend backward through the pain
sink back through the bottom
I puke, it runs slowly out of my slack mouth
I sink downwards through this sweet meat
Track Name: shell
I weep from my throat and swim alongside this tide
my feeble heart beats through this enclosed shell
exploding waves break
I drag myself
exploding waves break
Track Name: fount of love
I drag myself
a slit begins to dissolve through these heavy waters
thrusting my body across netted fibers and pounding veins
gasping for oxygen
an entire lung full of salty air
throbbing
throbbing fiercely
I swell with fatigue
burning sphere pressing me down
bending the burning sphere that encircles me
I have cried out tearfully to you
her face appears as if it pure water
she touches me
covered skin with fragile veils
glowing like a thousand eggs
I flow forth
I flow forth from this froth-filled
from this froth-filled watercourse
Track Name: pierce me through
wounds split open between the cracks of my skin
Track Name: veil of water
a wreath of reflective water encircles my torso
bright light white as snow
Track Name: scab
trembling
trembling foliage encircles my chest
glowing petals stick to the thin branch
there is a scab
there is a scab on me
I will bend backwards through the bottom of light
I puke calmly
it runs slowly out of my mouth
without moving
without moving a single nerve
Track Name: fetus lily
I wake
I wake in the middle of the night from feverish waves
silent
silent clusters form
dew collects on my eyelids
this night fever lowers through me
breathes against my chest
my fingers search the bottom of the lake
to find
to find my nourishment
in the distance the wind is slowly dying
I am coming
I search for this vein
a wreath of reflective water droplets encircle my torso
bright light white as snow
transparent as crystal
from my throat down to my breasts
I glow with scales
mirrors of scales in a row
Track Name: cast down the flesh of your body
with fingers I have sought you
maneuver the body across a wide and deep lake
I can hear the waves break
I can hear my heart scream
I will go across
I will go across the deep, deep lake
Track Name: feeble heart
this night fever lowers through me
breathes against my chest
my fingers search the bottom of the lake
but still, but still I search to find my nourishment
Track Name: half-open mouth
with fingers
with fingers I have sought you
I will go across
through the mouth like the mouth of a well
sharp branches beat thorns against my skin
I utter several moans

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