Video Premiere: Lumiere, “Doppler”

Thanos Christodoulou. Photo by George Tatakis.

Lumiere, the solo project of Greek composer Thanos Christodoulou, finds a compelling rhythm in rich melodies and vibrant repetitions. “Doppler,” a peppy new work that takes inspiration from the change in frequency known as the Doppler effect, flows in waves of oscillating sound and bright harmonies. It’s the first glimpse we’re getting of Lumiere’s upcoming album, Phases — whose title is perhaps reminiscent of its minimalist predecessors.

The Road to Sound is thrilled and honored to be premiering the music video for “Doppler.” You can watch the video below, and read more about the piece from the composer himself. Phases is out in full on September 18.

Christodoulou’s words on “Doppler”:

“In Physics, the Doppler effect is the change in frequency of a wave in relation to an observer who is moving relative to the wave source. My inspiration for the music of the track came from this physical effect and as a result the pulsing drumming, the pounding horns and the bending notes of the strings (representing the change in the frequency) came out. I wanted to create a micro-world where continuous waves of piano, marimbas, and xylophones are synchronized and hit the listener until the strings take over and reveal the feelings of expectation that turn quickly into a melancholic sense of wonder.

Theo Tagholm, the London-based artist who created the video for Doppler, perfectly captured the track’s atmosphere, ‘playing’ with real images of the world and ‘breaking’ the observer’s experience into slices of space and time, redefining every moment (and the sense of time) as a repetitive wave.”

Phases Track List:
Lupus (Part A)
Lupus (Part B)

Phases is available for preorder on Bandcamp.


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