Jeff Mills will spend a day writing music in Rembrandt’s house
It’s said that life imitates art, and art has been inspiring electronic music lately. Jamie xx composed a piece of music for an exhibition in London’s National Gallery, and now techno trailblazer Jeff Mills is spending a day in painter Rembrandt’s house to write music. Mills will be focusing on the artist’s work Philosopher in Meditation and creating new music based on the feelings evoked by the painting and the home. Mills will record three new tracks in a private session organized by Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), which is celebrating its twentieth year, and “reflect on the experience” in a Q&A at the conference this fall.
“The surroundings where artistic creations are made can be as important as the narrative of the art itself,” Mills explained. “These sacred places are often kept in modest conditions, revealing a reflection of the artist’s true character. It is here where dreams and visions are born and come to life—where the message is officiated by the creator and the only true criticism is made before it is exposed to the world. The sound scaling and field recording is nothing new, but in this case, its really unprecedented because what I’m going to achieve is a live recording using the ambience of the room. So, I’m not recording in the space, but will use the natural acoustics for the recording.”