Pantha Du Prince
Since 2012 Hendrik Weber aka Pantha du Prince has dedicated himself to a comprehensive project that has long shined brighter than his other releases and which is now reaching a tentative artistic peak with Garden Gaia. After the album Elements of Light in 2012, which was recorded with The Bell Laboratory, came Conference of Trees in 2020, this time as a soloventure. What unites these three albums is that Pantha du Prince has dedicated them to theme of “humans as nature” – in the sense that humans unfold and flow out of their surroundings as bodies.
Pantha du Prince: “There are scientists who say that we humans are ocean that’s been folded together. My music is about raising consciousness, about describing the reality of life and the lost paradise through the means of music. It’s about entering a free space and developing a maximum degree of openness and sensitivity to our bodies – to our mental states and the atmosphere that surrounds us. It’s about mindfulness and a high level of awareness towards what’s happening around and within us. I’ve poured all of these experiences into Garden Gaia as music. And that’s to be taken in the literal sense of ‘pouring,’ since we belong to a flowing process on this planet. A tree also flows into the air, just as it’s connected to other trees beneath the ground through currents of communication. Our lungs flow into our bodies. And as embryos, we were flowing beings. The question is: to what extent can we adult humans continue to flow?”
Garden Gaia will be released August 26th of this year!
Hendrik Weber, better known as Pantha du Prince, Panthel and Glühen 4 is a German producer, composer and conceptual artist for Electro, Techno, House, Minimal and Noise affiliated with Hamburg’s Dial music label and British label Rough Trade, where he released his famous album “Black Noise”. In 2013 Pantha du Prince and The Bell Laboratory released their first collaborative album ‘Elements of Light’. The project is a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon, a three-ton instrument comprising 50 bronze bells. After his band project “The Triad” (with the album under the same title) and a remix project about the German classic composer Johann Sebastian Bach he worked on his concept of “Conference of Trees”. On “Conference of Trees”, Weber presents a unique combination of electronic music and traditional instruments as he explores and interprets the communication of trees and, based on this exploration, creates a phenomenal sound concept. Some of the sound sources and instruments were crafted by himself. It’s a breakthrough recording of experimental music, visual poetry, club-culture and speculative science. The album was released on March 6th via Modern Recordings/ BMG. Additionally, Weber has composed remixes and arrangements for Depeche Mode, Animal Collective, Philipp Glass, Bloc Party, Hurts & Trentemöller.