The Pillars Project
According to Greek mythology Hercules completed twelve tasks, the tenth being the parting of Europe and Africa. As such, it is believed that there are two pillars where this took place. One on the Rock of Gibraltar and One in Morocco. Whilst both sites are visible to each other during clear weather, they are miles apart with the Mediterranean straits separating them. GSM decided to reunite these sites through a musical project.
GSM separated into two teams with one taking European musicians to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar whilst the other crossed the Mediterranean Straits to Morocco where they met a group of local musicians. At precisely midday, both groups of musicians performed in synchronisation in a one-off recording session. The purpose of this was to record an individual performance, that when played back would reunite these two geographical locations.
The combination of rhythms and percussion instruments in this piece fuses European and North African musicality to create a unique composition. Both parties engaged with sampling sessions at these sites allowing music producers to include single hits and loops to new compositions.