"Many musicians aspire to blend the old and the new, but few do so as dramatically as Alexander Vitzthum. What he considers the “old” on his upcoming album is not ’60s soul or ’50s beach-pop. He went centuries further back, to the monks’ vocal tradition of Gregorian Chant. And for the “new” side of the equation, he used the latest in electronics: vocoders, samples, computer effects.
It makes for a wild and surprising combination, hearing Gregorian chanting sounding like if Aphex Twin joined a monastery. Vitzthum has released one song so far in what he calls The Electric Requiem, his version of the traditional “Requiem Aeternam (Introit),” and promises more to come."
--Ray Padgett, countytracks.com
The Electric Requiem was conceived in the autumn of 2016 after several early vocal layering and looping experiments (see Sonnendruck, my first release under the Clam moniker). It blends my abiding love of choral music and composition with my infatuation with synthesizers.
The goal of the piece is to bring the Requiem into the modern era with a new electronic setting. It combines traditional hymn tones with through-composed sections and electronic production. Download any available tracks for free, or pre-order the record (digital version) for $5.
Expected release: Winter 2017