Strahlung (2006)

8-channel piece, duration 9’50”.

«Strahlung» (German for radiation) is a kind of atmospheric landscape that—albeit not conceived as programme music—borrows from the uncanny immateriality of radiation. It picks up the occasional but recurring dream motif of radioactive contamination. The Czernobyl catastrophe twenty years ago is stuck in my mind as a psychic object, a lucid mnemonic island, and is connected to a paradoxical simultaneity of both attraction by and fear of an invisible nature—or a kind of animism as is described for example in «ПИКНИК НА ОБОЧИНЕ» (Roadside Picnic) by the Strugatzki brothers and Tarkowskij’s «Stalker».

Strahlung (stereo mix, excerpt)