Film is the first solo album by Stefan Németh, member of Radian and
Lokai and the co-founder of Mosz Records. The album developed out of
his years of work creating soundscapes for experimental filmakers and
installation artists, but it was only after years of creating this work that he
had he idea to repurpose it for an album under his own name.
Since around 2001, Stefan Németh has been working with the creators of
short films and experimental videos, most intended for special film festival
programs. He had long considered releasing music as a solo artist, and
eventually Németh realized that the music he was making for those films
was just what he wanted to be making as a solo musician, but just putting
the music on a CD would not have been the proper way to do it. When these
pieces were created, Németh was working on a variety of projects, each of
them with its own life and intent, always with the music being created to
serve the movie, as opposed to creating a single album where his process
could have been more linear. His idea for Film was to take this material
and re-structure and develop these soundtracks into autonomous pieces of
music, while keeping the cinematic spirit alive.
The consquence of his method is a range of evolutionary levels between the
different tracks, between some that are very similar to the versions used in
the various film projects, to those that have been more heavily reworked
or were not used in the final versions of the original projects. For instance,
“Field“ was based on the sound design Németh created for the architectural
film Domino. He had Martin Brandlmayr (Radian, Trapist) add drums
to his original rough sketches, to which Stefan further added guitars,
synthesizers and percussion.
“Luukkaankangas“ and “Soprus“ are basically identical to the original
versions in the films and even retain the titles of those films. “Transitions“
was wriitten as the main theme for “Ortem,“ but in the end was supplanted
by something more abstract. “Via L4-Norte“ is the soundtrack to a film of
Németh’s own, still under construction, about the utpopian ideals at work
in Brasilia and how the reality there compares to the rest of Brazil.
Technically, Film is a blend of electronic sounds and acoustic instruments
where it is often difficult to distinguish between real and generated sounds,
and similarly combines free and conventional forms. The electronics
function just as any other instrument, and are almost solely analogue
synths. There are digitally generated sounds, but only from genuinely
digital processes, and not replicas or recreations of the analogue world. almost solely analogue synths. There are digitally generated sounds, but only from genuinely digital processes, and not replicas or recreations of the analogue world.