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Merzouga "De Rerum Natura / Dance of the Elements" [CD]

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ビル・フォンタナの作風にインスパイアされたサウンドスケープミックスや、エジソン初めての録音機"ワックス・シリンダー"に記録された環境音を使った作品など、とにかく毎度興味深いアプローチで注目のドイツ&オーストリアの男女コンビMerzouga。待望の3rdアルバムは共和政ローマ期の詩人/哲学者であるルクレティウスの詩に触発された自然音&電子音のコラージュ。このユニットの素晴らしい所は単なるしっとりとしたミックスに留まらない点であり、本作でもエレクトロニクスやストリングスを交えつつ喧騒の様な独特の音配置を行なっています。パッケージのアートワークも無茶苦茶カッコイイ。大推薦。

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Sound composition by Merzouga – inspired by Lucretius’ philosophical poem.

On the Nature of Things
In his poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) the Roman poet/philosopher Lucretius (c. 99 – c. 55 BCE) explores Epicurean physics and philosophy through richly poetic language and metaphors, as he presents an entire cosmology: based on the principles of atomism, Lucretius tries to explain the nature of the mind and soul, and the development of the world. While some of his ideas have been proven scientifically wrong, some of his thoughts seem strikingly reasonable even for the contemporary reader.

Lucretius believes that, while everything in the universe is finite, the smallest elements (“The First Beginnings of Things”) themselves are eternal – moving through the void they collide, create forms and dissolve, just to collide again in order to create new forms.

For Lucretius life is a beautiful chance-driven Dance of the Elements. His ideas, popular and highly controversial in Roman intellectual circles, were soon to be banned and eventually forgotten during the rise of Christianity.

The poem was by chance rediscovered in the 15th century by the famous humanist Poggio Bracciolini (1380-1459), most likely in the scriptorium of a monastery in Fulda, Germany. During the renaissance it eventually became a foundation stone of modern western philosophy and natural sciences.