Experimental ambient, modern classical crossover album using different techniques and instruments like piano, rhodes piano, cello, viola, modular synths, tape machines and guitar pedals and using Shoshanna Rein's paintings as music scores.
The main idea behind the Atreyu's Horse side project was that I wanted to free myself from the constraints of song structures and tempo and other traditional elements of music.
The main inspiration came from the the world of lo-fi, modular, ambient, and noise.
I discovered a few artists one or two years ago who moved my imagination and that changed my perspective on music.
At the moment I'm more interested in what kind of textures and what kind of layers a music has rather than what rhythms or melodies are used and this is what I wanted to explore with this project.
I have thought a lot about how we could structure music without noting it down or learning it so that we have freedom meanwhile still following somekind of structure.
While I was thinking about this I looked around at our apartment and started to play around with the idea that if we start to read a painting like this from left to right as a musician and we try to match the different shapes and motifs and colors to tones or other elements in music it could be playable, and the result is a new album and a concept for the concerts that was born from eight paintings I selected.
This is what fans will be able to experience on my concerts and it will also be recorded in this form.
So in the end the Water and Paper album and it's concert version is an exciting hybrid world between notated music and improvisation.
This was very adventurous for me. I really enjoyed this journey.
On the album you can find various recordings from rehearsals, live shows mixed and re-recorded on tape, modulated with guitar pedals in 2018.
Piano, synths, edit: Janos Herold
Cello: Gyöngyi Barta
Viola: Zsuzsanna Levai
Photo and paintings: Zsuzsanna Majdan www.instagram.com/shoshanna_rein