In July 2004, Silence received a commission to write the score for a contemporary ballet based on Paulo Coelho's bestselling novel Veronika Decides to Die.
The protagonist of Coelho's novel is a young woman from Ljubljana (the capital of Silence's homeland, Slovenia) who, after a failed suicide attempt, discovers beauty and love in the strangest of places; the local sanatorium. In the words of Gagik Ismailian, the director of the piece: "Coelho's novel is about those who do not fit into patterns considered normal by the society. It is about madness and the need to find an alternative way of living for people who frequently have to face other people's prejudices just because they think in a different way."
The ballet was produced by the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana. The ambitious production (22 international dancers) required 80 minutes of original music ranging from intimate miniatures to complex orchestral compositions.
Despite the introspective nature of Coelho's book, Veronika Decides ... was, first and foremost, a dance piece. As such, it required intensely rhythmic music. The score was thus based on rough electronic beats and distorted synthesizer sounds. The latter were in turn contrasted by lyrical strings and pianos. In order to emphasise the universality of Veronika's predicament, Silence decided to record the vocals in an imaginary language, a potpourri of various (living and dead) languages. The soundtrack was written, produced, recorded and mixed between July 2004 and March 2005 in Silence's private studio, the Daily Girl.
released March 17, 2005
Tracks 5 and 11 written by Benko and Hladnik.
Tracks 3, 7 and 10 written by Hladnik.
All remaining tracks written by Benko.
Recorded, produced and mixed by Silence.
Backing vocals on track 1: Katja Šaponjić.
Mastered by Tom Meyer at Master & Servant, Hamburg.