Christian Fennesz “AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things” (OST) | Ash International

AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things follows the strings of thoughts the late Claude Levi-Strauss revealed in his anthropological essays throughout the 20th century, as well as those of Japan’s unique Shintoism, whose millions of gods inhabit and preserver nature. The film focuses on dichotomy of man/nature and envisions a future world where life will be nothing but sensual. It contains references to Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, Italian anthropologist Fosco Maraini and the Japanese writer Yoko Tawada. – Edgar Honetschlager, director of AUN

Today we take a look at sound architect Christian Fennesz and the work he has completed on an entirely original score for the film AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things from Ash International. The film was created by Austrian artist and filmmaker Edgar Honetschläger and is the product of a Austrian and Japanese co-production between Edoko Institute, Vienna and Ribo Ltd., Tokyo in cooperation with KGP Vienna. I have yet to see the film but from the description and the original score presented in its respective release covered here today, this looks like it is something that will be in the same proportion of meaning as movies like The Tree of Life and Enter The Void.

Christian Fennesz has prepared 15 tracks in the original soundtrack for AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things, all of which speak a very organic language and set the stage to carry much of the emotional weight of what sounds like an unothodox and adventurous film. With large inflections of tones drenched in spiritual and exuberant auras, the ambience of the record is felt from beginning to end as drones of synth wash over one another in an endless display of cinematic resonance. The inclusion of pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto on three of the pieces is spell binding and enriches the music into a completely different field and purpose with a lot of hiss present that gives it a pre-WWI vinyl sound. With Christian Fennesz mapping out a field of sounds that is as otherworldly as it is natural and of this plane, Ryuichi drifts with very deep and powerful chords that are really introverted and contemplative on contact. The electronics sparkle and glisten with poise and finds a finesse that radiates with such pure energy. It’s as if the electronic additives are speaking the same language and meaning as the natural instruments that dominate music around the world, something very few really tap into. This relationship couldn’t be more fully realized than when Ryuichi is present.

Christian Fennesz uses loops, electronics, guitar and an immaculate direction of tonal manipulation that allows for white noise and other sonically harsh sounds to fall into a beautiful motion. Even when their is hiss present it masks itself inside of the general make up of the song like the sound of fire fly’s buzzing in the night. With the film captured on 35mm analog format, the original soundtrack has the same warmth and depth of any film caught in this medium. The pieces Christian Fennesz created without Ryuichi Sakamoto have a much more cleaner approach in the background field, with smoldering layers of colorful synth that drones into completely melted states. I can feel the movement of the camera and the large scope of visuals that must be present to some of these pieces as they unravel and enlarge from within while in motion. There is a nod to the east and west in the presentation of tracks composed for this film. The musical heritage, voice and artifacts of time on this soundtrack gracefully saturate itself inside of ancient mystic tones and give a window into the future of 21st century electronic experimentalism. AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things is a meeting ground of supreme sound architecture where the past, present and future are merged as one.

Christian Fennesz has made soundtrack music to a film that stands on its own as many breathtaking moments of sonic bliss from one of today’s leading innovators in guitar/laptop music. The booklet comes with 12 stills from the film along with a detailed description of the contents and a statement. AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things is one of those releases that does the film justice. AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things presents a type of music that is for the dreamers and people whose minds love to drift inside of an album while completely untouched by their physical surroundings.

-Erik Otis

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