Viktor Benev got contacted by the American visual artist Josh Pitts through the internet in January 2021. Pitts wanted to work with composers to form a body of original pieces for his new installation. After discussing the main ideas for the desired soundtracks imagined by Pitts and influenced by the album "Journal for People" by Masakatsu Takagi, Benev composed a series of pieces for the Ketleflower installation in the years 2021-2023.
The compositions use primarily vibraphone acoustic and manipulated sounds along with occasional interventions of guitar, piano, percussion and synthesizers to create a dreamy, serene soundscape in connection with the Ketleflower. The sound is diffused with two speakers in stereo and go along with the lights embedded in the installation to express and underscore the need for peace and respite.
"The Ketleflower is a reminder of the sublime beauty and power of the natural world. For some, this can provide a breath of fresh air; for others, it’s an opportunity for bliss; and for a few, it’s an avenue toward introspection and perhaps an emotional connection."
The project has been presented in New Orleans at the "Luna Fête" (2020) and the "Greenway Supernova" (2021) festivals, in Louisiana at the "Engulf" (2021) festival and has been planted as a long-term installation project at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (December 2022 through July 2023) and as a permanent installation at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (in summer 2022).