Groundbreaking composer Max Richter announces the release of Origins, the third single from his forthcoming album release Voices – a major new recording project inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights released on Decca Records. Origins follows the release of singles Mercy and All Human Beings which have generated a massive public response.
At the core of the single is a profound sense of unified community. In a time of dramatic change, Origins seeks to offer a clear musical message of hope and reflection.
For the project, Richter crowdsource multiple readings of the Declaration in different languages. He received hundreds of submissions in over 70 languages. These readings form the aural landscape of Origins are the voices of the album title. It was important to Richter that these voices were real people, not actors. The result is incredibly powerful and moving.
Max said: ‘At such times it is easy to feel hopeless but just as the problems of our world are of our own making, so the solutions can be. While the past is fixed, the future is yet unwritten, and the Declaration sets out an uplifting vision of a better and fairer world that is within our reach if we choose.’
Voices is Max Richter’s ninth studio album, following on from such trailblazing recordings as Memoryhouse (2002), The Blue Notebooks (2004), Infra (2010), Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (2012) and most recently Sleep (2015).
With Voices, Richter continues to push the boundaries of music, art, and technology – forging new creative paths to embrace listeners worldwide. These new projects are not only a showcase of his extraordinary talent, but also a call to contemplation and a celebration of community in changing times.
Richter is the architect of a post-minimalist electronic revolution at the borderlands of classical music according to the The Economist,1843 Magazine. He stands as one of the most prodigious figures on the contemporary music scene. From synthesizers and computers to a full symphony orchestra, his innovative work encompasses solo albums, ballets, concert hall performances, film and TV series, video art installations, and theatre works. He writes beautifully crafted, intelligent work that is disarming in its honesty; his music, despite its underlying sophistication, remains accessible to all. His enduring appeal has led him to surpass a billion streams and a million album sales.
Although long a staple of the avant-garde, by virtue of his influential solo albums, Richter’s name has recently seeped into public consciousness through his many collaborations with filmmakers. Golden Globe and European Film Academy Award-winner Waltz with Bashir, HBO’s cult drama The Leftovers, Miss Sloane with Jessica Chastain, Hostiles starring Christian Bale, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, and Tom Hardy’s Taboo, gaining Richter his first Emmy nomination, have all benefitted from his art.
In addition to his scoring work, numerous directors, including Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island) and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), have dipped into Richter’s catalogue when they need something special. Richter has recently written scores for White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey, Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt, as well as the HBO series My Brilliant Friend. His next theatrical project will be MaddAddam, a new ballet from British choreographer Wayne McGregor, inspired by the works of author Margaret Atwood. Max’s latest work Voices is published through Decca Publishing, where he became the first ever signing, following its launch in 2016.