Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time premiered on 15 January 1941 in the prisoner-of-war camp where the composer was interned during World War Two. To celebrate the 75th anniversary Sinfini Music commissioned me to create an animation around it. Working with Prof. Marcus du Sautoy I used
the piece to explore Messiaen's complex relationship to
mathematics, music and religion. A large amount of R&D went into the piece, Here’s a post by Marcus explaining some of the mathematical ideas in more detail. Or listen to a talk by Marcus about Messiaen if you have the time. I recommend it! 

Full Credits below images


Commission: Emma Bharj of Sinifini Music
Animation/Direction: Simon Russell/Vicarage Studio
Sound Design: Red Horse Studio
With special thanks to Marcus du Sautoy
Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen
Performed by Claude Desurmont (Clarinet)
Luben Yordanoff (Violin)
Albert Tétard (Cello)
Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
©2015 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin