One of the most obvious challenges related to the sound track’s composition consisted of providing an unobtrusive accompaniment to the flow of images, without strident melodic or rhythmic articulations that might draw attention away from the project’s focal point, the apse’s wall paintings.
Another important objective was to reflect the feelings of solemnity, awe and spirituality the Church of Sant Climent de Taüll must have inspired in pilgrims in the 12th century, without resorting to an excessively religious or “new age” sound.
With those considerations in mind, we opted for sound processing based on “sound clouds”, diffuse, hypnotic timbral masses containing the original instruments’ harmonic imprint. We manipulated those “sound clouds” to produce an accompaniment for the entire process of recreating the paintings. That accompaniment helps distinguish between the different parts of the wall paintings and accentuates their most emotive aspects.
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