Lawrence Lek – ‘Rift EP’ (2021)
Fri, 12 March 2021 - Fri, 30 April 2021
Online - https://www.thecommonguild.org.uk/programme/project/rift-ep-kjxo
Artist and musician Lawrence Lek composes expansive atmospheric soundtracks to accompany the virtual reality worlds of his computer-generated film-works. In these hybrid, simulated universes, music plays a central role in world-building, creating a powerful sense of place. The sonic expression in Lek’s fictional realities fill spatial experience, driving the narrative through texture and emotional tone.
Like Lek’s film soundtracks, the ‘Rift EP’s instrumental synth melodies play on the musical language of video games, cinema and science fiction scores, evoking other worlds, different times and imagined places. They also embody a progressive, journeying quality. Presented as one continuous track, the ‘Rift EP’ has four distinct sections – ‘Portal’, ‘League’, ‘Cyber’ and ‘Fantasy’ – each with slightly different sonic characteristics and parallels to the developing levels of gameplay.
The experience of listening to the ‘Rift EP’ is akin to that of navigating the impossible architectures and vast, para-fictional CGI cityscapes of Lek’s films. As a soundtrack to walking outdoors, ‘Rift’ offers a transportive lens turning our surroundings into a film set, augmenting our perception of everyday reality and expanding the imagination beyond the here and now. A transcendent otherworldly space emerges through the alternating patterns and momentum of the music which holds within it a future-oriented flow.
This work can be listened to at home but we recommend listening with headphones whilst walking and spending time outdoors.
Posted by: The Common Guild