The Lost Fast One

by Jukka Rintamäki

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Originally composed for the dance performance Before I Change My Mind by choreographer Helena Franzén, the music on The Lost Fast One brings together the themes of air, breathing and friction. These aspects were seminal to the movements in Franzen’s piece, which premièred at Dansens Hus in Stockholm in October 2014. The right instrument choice would be essential to reflect this in the music. Both choreographer and the composer felt cello and a selection of wind instruments would fit. Maybe trumpet, maybe french horn or tuba.

Rintamäki composed the music during 2013 - 2014 and recorded it with musicians Mattias Helldén, Anton Svanberg, Erik Palmberg and Anna Manell in his studio. He added his own touch to cello, piano and old synthesizers. Despite not being a classically trained musician himself, Rintamäki had bought a cello in 2009 and started to learn the instrument bit by bit in his own way:

"I still don't know how to play cello properly and I don't think I ever will either. So much good music has come out of using instruments in other ways than they maybe were intended. However I was also lucky to be able to record with one of my heroes and cello maestro Mattias Helldén from The Fleshquartet. He played the parts that were impossible for me."

One of the more central instruments on the album is the tuba. Rintamäki ran into tubist Anton Svanberg by chance at a concert, where he was performing a solo improvisation:

"Anton was playing a lunch concert at Kulturhuset (The Cultural Centre in Stockholm) and it was an absolutely fantastic improvisation with almost only wind sounds. Highly original and also somehow brave. I immediately thought I have to ask him if he wants to record with me and went up to him after the performance and presented the project. It was just one of those lucky coincidences, composing music with the themes air and breath, and there in front of you sits a musician doing exactly that."

The music on this album was mainly composed in a traditional manner by writing musical parts with notation for the musicians. But at the same time much of the music was created through improvisation and the use of effects. Though the immediate focus was on writing music to accompany a dance performance, Rintamäki had a clear goal in mind, namely to create a standalone album.

The name The Lost Fast One derives from a piece lost on a stolen computer in 2013. After working for a couple of months with the music, Jukka’s computer was stolen. Some of the music was lost forever. However, one piece was painstakingly recreated from memory, becoming one of the central pieces of the performance and the album, The Lost Fast One.

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released October 22, 2015

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