Diagrams - General Relativity

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Diagrams, the artistic moniker of Sheffield-based Sam Genders, will release a new song, which follows up this year’s critically acclaimed album Chromatics.

The stand-alone track will be released digitally on 25th November; no arbitrary date, but one which marks the 100th year anniversary of the last of Albert Einstein’s lectures in which he put forward his revolutionary theory of general relativity.

To commemorate the event, Genders has worked closely on the track with Sheffield based producer and multi-instrumentalist Martin Gregory Smith and “long-time collaborator of Diagrams” designer/animator James Bates, on a video.

He says of the inspiration behind the track, “I'm fascinated by science and had been reading Einstein's biography on the last European tour. When I read that the centenary of the theory was approaching I was inspired to write a song to commemorate it.”

Swirling atmospherics reflect the cosmic subject matter, which inspired the track as synthesizers hum and whirl; yet these textures are juxtaposed with Genders’ rich, subtle vocal delivery and pastoral horn arrangements. The overall effect is wistful, but cautiously optimistic, drawing parallels between the incomprehensibility of universal matters, and, as Genders puts it, “the cosmos that we each have inside our heads.”

The imagery included in Bates’ animation alludes to these parallel themes, as two figures seek to be reunited as they float through the void. They drift past intricate, intertwining concentric patterns while Genders sings of dancing “like two electrons held in the orbit of a radium ion”.
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