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Dark Side

  • Fear (fragment) - Music For Installations
  • Chaos (fragment) - Music For Installations
  • Braindamage (fragment) - Music For Installations
  • Ruins (fragment) - Music For Installations
  • Stopped (fragment) - Music For Installations
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Released on Bandcamp

Music is to heal not to destroy… even when you visit the dark side of your mind.
With Dark Side, Music For Installations sets off with an album full of soundscapes and drones creating an enigmatic dark ambient world. It’s a profound musical study that has been built up as a result of a lot of conversations with people suffering from a ‘depression’. After a lot of reading and talking we decided that the time was there to translate this state of mind into sound, first of all out of respect for those who stepped forward. By using dark ambient as way of language, this is one of the first attemps to transfer the chaos that goes along a depression. That chaos creates fear, breaks down your brain, leaving you behind in ruins. The only thing you can do is stop.
The album is available on the bandcamp label and therefore you can find it in most of the mp3 on-line shops, like i-tunes, emusic, amazon, etc… .

Music is probably the best way to translate these deep and dark feelings expressed by everybody who talked to us. These feelings are so hard to describe in words to other people, especially if you never have been in this condition. All people involved cleary stated that the ‘outsiders’ do not seem to understand what is happening. Music can be used to seek rest or to try to communicate to others – meaning you – to express there unsettling position. You, as a listener, can experience and learn what this is about. By ending the soundsession, the listener can safely take distance. This powerful album is an open emotional approach to describe the dark side of their, your and our minds.

Five Phases

1. Fear. It can be so overwhelming that it completely blocks yourself. This track has been selected for the soundlab exhibition 2010, which carries the motto: ‘The power of sound as a tool of communication’. By studying sounds of people and nature in the world and considering the background of an augmented sense of urgency to tackle global environmental problems which causes blind fear, this sonic scape has been formed almost by itself. To our surprise, inside the sounds used, was the cry of the planet already there. This sonic landscape is then a direct way to communicate to the world that something has to be done in tackeling global problems like population, pollution and poverty. As the landscape moves along it dies out sending out slowly her fading message. This fading out will happen in reality when nothing will be done to restore our future. Fear has been pointed out as a very strong catalyst by almost everyone whom we talked with.
2. Chaos. We don’t have to tell much more. The track itself is a drone which creates its own chaotic cosmos. Music For Installations makes a here a strong statement what chaos can do to a mind. This track transfers very clearly the state of chaos in which a lot of people that talked to us have been. We still are very silent when we think about the look in their eyes.
3. Braindamage. This piece has been conceived as a microscopic flight inside a brain in a state of chaos. You hear electric flames bringing damage along with very repetitive pulses.
4. Track four is the end result of this very haunting cycle: the ruins that stay behind and where you, as listener, stand in the middle of.
5. Stopped. The best thing to do is stop and take time to reflect what has happened, attempting to get a grip on the chaos around yourself. This step has been described as the most difficult and hardest step to make. It is mostly the beginning point of a move forward but the process of healing is a very very long way. This light of hope was a very important ending point that had to be added.


Sound can be a powerful tool to explain to listeners, in a non-analytical way, what life is all about. You should take some time to dive into the sounds of the album Dark Side. The sounds, the feelings, the ‘angst’, the chaos, expressed by many is right there. It is so important to feel where people are going trough to enlighten your understanding. That is what we have learnt from the Dark Side project.

Music for Installations will not state that this is the only message! What we would like to point out is that there ought to be time invested into creative expressions from people involved, whether it is painting, sculpting, sound, novel or any other artform. Instead of studying, we need a more organical approach to ‘depression’ that is, and will continue to, ruining lives of great numbers of people if nothing will change.

The question is not what drives these people into trouble. How to get back into life is for more important. How to restore the connection between the left and right side in your brain? Understanding is more an issue than painstackingly poking into every bit of mental history.

While creating the album Dark Side, the main motivation was not a to be depressed. Certainly not. Nobody sits before his gear, and thinks… well… let us ruin ourselves for a moment here and see what will happen and what output we will have. Nah, that’s not the way creativity goes. These things come by themselves. You create music or soundscapes. And while ideas where building up into soundscapes, it became quite clear that Music For Installations was making a soundtrack for a state of mind.