"...effectively conjures up the age-old struggle between spirit and science..." - Caliper Music
"Whilst clocking at just over thirty minutes, Sacrament makes quite an impression, its desolate soundscapes and the way they are applied proving particularly captivating. " - The Milk Factory
Sacrament — a dark, barely minimal, hardly restrained piece in five movements — is the solo debut of composer Robert Allaire. The album was originally composed for choreographer and dance film artist Natalie Metzger's award-winning, same-titled dance theater epic — an immersive descent into a world of mysticism, cultism, memory, violence, death, and destruction.
The music takes on the semblance of a living machine, and much of the unique, organic sound was created in part by filtering harsh electronic noises through the recorded sounds of the composer's own body and breath. Undulating synths combine with slowly evolving rhythms and aggressive noise patterns to create a tapestry which swings between powerful energy and delicate beauty.
Robert Allaire has composed original music for film, dance, and the concert hall. His film collaboration, "And the Night Illuminated the Night" with experimental filmmaker Betzy Bromberg was praised by the New York Times as being "wonderfully scored," and his score for "For Water," a film also by Natalie Metzger, was awarded for musical excellence at the 2011 Park City Film Music Festival.
released November 11, 2011
produced, written, and performed by Robert Allaire
mixed by Paul Corley
mastered by Robert Allaire