‘Dark, full of emotion and textures’ | Interview with Markus Lehmann-Horn

This mystical soundtrack for Forgotten Border praises ‘the plaintive human voice‘ and makes you wonder if it could have been taken out of a Bergman movie. By Markus Lehmann-Horn.

Read our interview with the artist below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dark, full of emotion and textures

Forgotten Border, the formal deadliest Easter-Bloc border in the world. Tell us a few things about this project.

The former border between the Czech Republic and Germany and Austria was built like a trap. The Czech regime moved the border line inland without being recognized. Refugees were greeted warmly on the other side — although the supposed “friends” were actually Czech soldiers.

How different, in terms of the creative process, is it to compose music soundtracks?

The music has always to match the picture. The art is to still be free and creative, to add a second level to the picture.

When did you decide to become a musician yourself?

I was sixteen and played electric guitar. I wanted to do this to make a living!

What’s the most dramatic music you can think of, you wish you had composed yourself?

“The Matrix” from Don Davis

Adding to our previous question, what really makes music sound dramatic?

These can be very different elements. Deep tones, percussion or exciting sounds and clusters. And of course, like no other, the plaintive human voice

Future plans?

A new symphony and another opera!

Your biggest fear?

War instead of art!

Thank you!

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