3 Arsenal (Arsenal Keskus) / Erika 14 / Sander Mölder
Arsenal is a vast red brick covered building from Russian Czar Peter the Great times - 1917. It was mainly a weapons factory though originally planned as a barracks. Until 2012 it still served the Estonian military. Since 2016 it is a centre connecting offices, creative businesses, shops and cafes. What is less known is its spacious rooftop that is used by the staff and businesses in the building or opened for special occasions such as our Musicity event.
The piece was inspired by both the form of its architectural detail, acoustic rhythms and its history. Starting from the sonic beauty of a cinematic scene of hundreds of bullet casings falling and crystallising over time, which then over the course of the piece morphs into the sound of shopping carts scraping against a concrete floor. Then the brick-like piano structure moving from consonant confusion to clarity and finally using the dancing light rhythms in the new atrium to dictate the tempo.