Chernobyl

Monday, 25 April 2011

So it’s been 25 years since Chernobyl, tomorrow’s the anniversary matter of fact. I’m sure you’ll hear all about it on the news. I remember feeling vaguely queezy about Three Mile Island, but I was really kind of beside myself for this disaster, which occurred behind what was still then the Iron Curtain, even if it was pretty rusty by then.

In the intervening years, the disaster kind of took on a cult significance among industrial music fans & artists, to the point where music ‘inspired by’ the Chernobyl disaster is a trite cliché.

Nevertheless, I myself recorded a piece of music in 2007 with the drone collective Drone Forest that was inspired by the Chernobyl disaster. It wasn’t really advertised as such. It was just put out there, and only a miniscule segment of the listeners let me know that they’d made the connection.

So if you can forgive the cliché, I do recommend this, it was actually one of those ‘turning point’ recordings in my progress as a composer, and I’m quite proud of it still:

Drone Forest – Wormwood


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