‘2045’ is the new album of London based composer Toni Castells. In it classical music and haunting operatic voices blend with electronic beats, spoken word and dreamy soundscapes to create an introspective and moving take on mortality and in what it means to be human.
'2045' started as a homage to this concept called Technological Singularity, this new era that the techno-scientific community have predicted to be possible by 2045 in which technology will finally allow for man and machine to merge, enabling us the possibility to prolong life indefinitely, making us immortal effectively. Through this paradigm of the future, Castells explores whether there's a purpose to being mortal, whether there's a purpose to dying. In essence, '2045' wonders whether we should be tampering with nature's cycle of life, where from death there's always new life.
A live adaptation of '2045' was premiered at St. James’s Piccadilly in London and was selected as one of 'Five of the Best Classical Concerts' by The Guardian newspaper.
The piece is structured in 5 sections mirroring the five stages of a fruit tree, a metaphor for the cyclic nature of life. The first three sections constitute a first block representing the process from life to death. The last two sections constitute a second block where, after what we understand as death, I wonder about the immortal nature of the human soul. In the timeline of the piece, these two blocks are separated exactly at the Golden Ratio and all the individual pieces that constitute the piece follow the timings of the Fibonacci Sequence.
Meeta Raval - Soprano
Alexandra Kennedy - Soprano (recorded)
Oliver Gerrish - Countertenor
Helios Voices - Choir
Ruth Rogers - Violin
Katherine Jenkinson - Cello
Martin Cousin - Piano
Olivia Duque - Cor Anglais
Martin Stephens - Electric Bass
Toni Castells - Electronics + Keyboards + Voice
Jo Lord - Technical Director
Martyn Larcombe - Assistant Technical Director
Ben Palmer - Audio Engineer
Laura Beck - Audio Engineer