#Arteetude 208 - Detlef Schlich talks about Silent Night: Christmas Carols Reimagined

20m | Dec 17, 2023

In this podcast episode, I delve into the creation of an avant-garde rendition of "Silent Night," transforming the classic carol into a poignant piece of multi-layered art. The episode begins by discussing the inspiration behind the song – a desire to reflect the current global state of unrest and yearning for peace through a darker, more realistic version of the traditional Christmas melody.

I highlight my collaboration with Dirk Schlömer, whose musical expertise brought depth and haunting resonance to the lyrics. This cross-geographical collaboration, with recordings in Berlin and Ballinspittle, symbolizes a melding of artistic disciplines and perspectives.

The episode then shifts focus to the visual aspect of the project. I describe creating a compelling video using footage from Berlin, blended with personal shots from Ballinspittle. This visual narrative is further enriched using AI-generated images, carefully selected to represent the song's themes of war, peace, light, and darkness.

I explain how DaVinci Resolve played a crucial role in the project, allowing me to seamlessly integrate these diverse visual elements into a cohesive and impactful story that accompanies the song.

Concluding the episode, I emphasize that this project transcends the boundaries of a typical song or video. It's a profound statement that leverages creativity to mirror the complexities of our world, aiming to challenge, provoke thought, and inspire change.

Listeners are invited to experience the depth and intricacies of the song and its accompanying video, reflecting on the powerful messages embedded in each layer of the project.

ArTEEtude is a podcast created and produced by Detlef Schlich that explores the intersection of art, digital culture, and true stories in West Cork. Schlich, a multi-disciplinary artist, operates his podcast with a cross-sectoral approach, believing that a visual artist should think beyond being just an antagonist and instead strive to be a protagonist. Through this podcast, he dives into the unknown depths of the creative mind to uncover new perspectives and ideas.

Detlef Schlich is a podcaster, visual artist, filmmaker, ritual designer, and media archaeologist based in West Cork. He is recognized for his seminal work, including a scholarly examination of the intersections between shamanism, art, and digital culture, as well as his acclaimed video installation, Transodin's Tragedy. He primarily works in performance, photography, painting, sound, installations, and film. In his work, he reflects on the human condition and uses the digital shaman's methodology as an alter ego to create artwork. His media archaeology is a conceptual and practical exercise in uncovering the unique aesthetic, cultural and political aspects of media in culture.


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