Eduard Artemyev's Scores for Andrei Tarkovsky's 'The Mirror' and 'Stalker' Reissued by Superior Viaduct
Published Dec 20, 2013The folks at Superior Viaduct are apparently huge Andrei Tarkovsky fans, as the label has announced another reissue tied to the classic Russian filmmaker and composer collaborator Eduard Artemyev (a.k.a. Edward Artemiev).
Following a reissue of Artemyev's original score for Tarkovsky's early '70s sci-fi film Solaris earlier this year, Superior Viaduct will next press up a platter combining the soundtracks to 1975's The Mirror and 1979's Stalker.
According to a press release, Tarkovsky's The Mirror, a film about a dying man recalling his World War II-era childhood, was fit with Artemyev's "slow-moving and often disorienting mood pieces," which feature a Baroque influence. On the flipside, literally, is the more spacious and ambient Stalker score, which utilized synths, flute and the tar, an Iranian stringed instrument, to convey the complexities of the Tarkovsky film's physics-defying setting of "The Zone."
Though the scores had previously appeared together on a bootleg CD, along with Solaris, this will be mark an official soundtrack release for Stalker and The Mirror. It should be noted that Russian label Mirumir released Stalker/The Mirror earlier this year on vinyl as well.
Down below you'll find a player previewing the stark atmospherics of the former with the strings-assisted beauty of the latter. That's the newly revealed artwork up above.