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Continuing their musical exploration of themes surrounding their Communist-era, East German heritage, the duo of brothers Daniel & Sebastian Selke known as CEEYS will soon be releasing the fourth full-length album entitled Hausmusik. Temporarily foregoing their use of vintage electronics, soviet synthesizers, and effects, the new record finds them relying solely on their main instruments – cello and piano – to pursue a purely acoustic exploration of mutually-shared memories and life experiences. The album is heavily referential, from early influences like Bach, Beethoven and Debussy to pioneering composers such as Arvo Pärt, Arthur Russell and Philip Glass, and such neoclassical contemporaries including Greg Haines, Hauschka, and Nils Frahm.

“Growing up in the last decade of the former GDR, restrictions and the overcoming of material lack were our daily companions. The memories, impressions and feelings, the two sides of one medal – the Wall – help us to understand the present time a little better.”

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In addition, there are callbacks to East German acts from their youth like the cult folk-rock epic “Am Fenster” by East German band City referenced on the album’s third track. With a subtle change of preposition in the title and a dramatically different sonic perspective, “Im Fenster” is not so much a re-interpretation as a reflection on the context and experiences the Selke brothers associate with the music. The starkly beautiful track represents a thematic thread that runs throughout Hausmusik and is emblematic of the boundless inventiveness Daniel and Sebastian bring to their work and their instruments. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to present an early preview of the song & video here before its release on Aug 21.

The video itself was crafted by Stockholm-based artist Sofia Nystrand, also known by her music-making aliasVargkvint, who has recently been developing an avid interest in working with stop-motion films (including for her own work as recently featured here). It is completely hand-made, including moving the objects and shooting each frame by at the rate of 12 photos per second. The houses are made with a combination of aquarelle paintings and objects found in forests and in second-hand stores and are inspired by the idea of Sebastian Selke.

Hausmusik will be available October 9, 2020 from Neue Meister in both 2xLP vinyl an 2-disc CD editions each featuring photographs, portraits, liner notes, signatures, credits, dedicated text and a double-side printed insert with photograph using original fonts from the Communist-era GDR. Digital and streaming options will also be available.


Links: Buy/Stream | Bandcamp | Neue Meister | CEEYS


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FLIMMERKONZERTE #8
HARRY HOYT
“THE LOST WORLD“
Sep 19, 2020
Filmmuseum Potsdam

Since January 2018, Filmmuseum Potsdam presents FLIMMERKONZERTE, dedicated to all open-minded film and music lovers. The boutique series of film concerts is carefully curated and organized by the brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke, also known as the award-winning cello-piano duo CEEYS, founders of Q3Ambientfest.

In the eighth edition, the curators of the series accompany live the silent film THE LOST WORLD by Harry Hoyt (DE 1925).

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Film:

“The Lost World” is a 1925 silent film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name. The movie was produced by First National Pictures, a large Hollywood studio at the time, and stars Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger. This version was directed by Harry O. Hoyt and featured pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis O’Brien (an invaluable warm up for his work on the original King Kong directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack). Writer Doyle appears in a frontspiece to the film. In 1998, the film was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

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The music by the brothers performing under the moniker CEEYSVIOLONCELLE (fr. cello) and KEYS – adopts a minimalistic approach of composition and improvisation. It moves between avant-garde and pop, including elements of jazz, ambient and classical chamber music:

»Raised during the last decade of the former GDR, our releases focus on processing memories, impressions and feelings regarding these rather hybrid times.«

In combination with a love-poem by Rainer Maria Rilke the music and visualization of their album CONCRETE FIELDS has won the Special Award at the International Poetry Film Festival Vienna. 2017 also marked the first annual Q3Ambientfest, which links avant-garde and pop to Potsdam’s versatile historical architecture:

»In accompanying these carefully selected films, we on the one hand hope to reinforce the close bond to our new home Potsdam – with its fascinating history and architecture from neoclassicism to the prefab buildings structures of the GDR. On the other hand, we seek to share our other great passion besides music – our love for film – with both dear friends and like-minded guests.

Much love and

pleasant times at FLIMMERKONZERTE!«

Sebastian & Daniel Selke

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Admission: 10 euros, reduced 8 euros

Drinks available at the foyer.

More info available on filmmuseum-potsdam.de, CEEYS.de und Q3Ambientfest.com.