DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
Mike Ladouceur’s debut solo album, Between Worlds, is an immersive experience that takes the listener on a cosmic journey. It explores themes of loss and recovery, and blurs the line between orchestral and ambient electronic textures to find a new clarity. The album was recorded with a chamber orchestra and female choir.
“Between Worlds has meant everything to me. I’ve been able to write through some personal traumas and find my voice on the other side. It’s also been a chance to bring my music to life with so many musicians who I’ve looked up to and admired. The project has become so much bigger than I could’ve imagined and I’m constantly humbled by this.”
On Wednesday 28 August, Mike welcomed guests from the arts and creative industries to the Album Preview at The Hospital Club in London. Artwork was specially commissioned for the album and a video display made, and these were both displayed in an exhibition gallery at the Preview whilst guests listened to the Between Worlds music through headphones.
American artist, musician and teacher, Nick Denman, has created this collection of artwork especially for the Between Worlds project. Nick holds degrees in both Art and Music, and for this project brought together his life-long passion for both subjects together with his great love of meditation.
Diving deep into Mike’s music, he adopted the process of Automatic Drawing – he listened to Mike’s music and reflected on it in a meditative state, during which time he allowed his hand to move freely over the canvas drawing charcoal lines. Afterwards he found different shapes and symbols within the lines, and then filled them in with colours to produce the artworks you see today.
“Everybody that looks at it will see something different – almost like watching clouds. It is directly connected to the music and I think the works are so well suited to it. This is an amazing collaboration that we have together.” Mike Ladouceur
+ Video Installation
A video of breath-taking landscapes and space scenes was developed alongside Nick Denman’s artwork, and is another element of the Between Worlds experience to be enjoyed whilst listening to Mike’s music.
“I find it really inspiring as I immerse myself simultaneously in the music, the artwork and this video. It makes me reflect on the enormity of our planet and connects me to the vast universe and everything in it.” Mike Ladouceur
The space shots are from NASA’s photography taken from satellites around our solar system. The beautiful shots taken on earth are from drone footage filmed by Phillip Whiteman. The landscapes look quite other-worldly, and the wide open space show the enormity and diversity of our own planet.