Filmtracks 2000 CD (2001)

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Label Tzadik
SKU 60500325
UPC 702397751120
UPC 14 00702397751120
Format CD
Release Date 9/25/2001
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Author Bill Laswell
Compilation Appearance Rough Guide To Arabic Lounge
Associated Artist/Work Axiom Funk
Associated Artist/Work Batiste, Jon
Associated Artist/Work Bernocchi, Eraldo
Associated Artist/Work Blixt
Associated Artist/Work Brotzmann, Peter
Technical Info
Producer Bill Laswell; Bill Laswell
CatalogID TZA 7511
Lable Name Tzadik Records
Released 09/25/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00702397751120
Musical Guests
Ginger Baker
Graham Haynes
Bernie Worrell
Jonas Hellborg
Jah Wobble
Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Karl Berger
Nicky Skopelitis
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Bill Laswell ; Nicky Skopelitis (guitar); Ginger Baker, Graham Haynes, Jah Wobble, Jonas Hellborg, Karl Berger , A?yb Dieng, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Robert Musso, Bernie Worrell, Tata Gines.
Recording information: Orange Music.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Ginger Baker; Karl Berger ; A?yb Dieng; Graham Haynes; Jonas Hellborg; Robert Musso; Nicky Skopelitis; Omar Faruk Tekbilek; Bernie Worrell; Jah Wobble.
The Tzadik Film Music series was supposedly for those artists who composed soundtrack music for specific projects or directors. With the albums of John Zorn (whose soundtracks numbered ten volumes by late 2001), Fred Frith, Evan Lurie, Phillip Johnston, Frank London, and Ikue Mori, this has been the case. Listeners cannot be so sure with this offering by Laswell, which, despite its title, has no reference to a film, video, director, or cinema of any kind listed on its sleeve. The music "seems" cinematic, but only insofar as his music does anyway. The cast of characters is familiar enough: Ginger Baker, Aiyb Deng, Graham Haynes, Nicky Skopelitis, Jonas Hellborg, Jah Wobble, Bernie Worrell, Robert Musso, etc., and there are a few new ones, too: Karl Berger, Tata Guiness, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. The music? A montage of Middle Eastern motifs, dub-heavy soundscapes, American West panoramas of intricate, floating guitar and bass, all strung together with loops, triggered as well as organic percussion, and ambiences and loops that hover around inside the music, giving it a feeling of being somehow associated with cinematic images -- or at least photographic ones. All of the pieces have names, such as "Oman," "Turf War," "Oum Al Bouaghi," "Deadly Haven," "Siren Song," "Comoro," "El Oued," etc. And while the Middle Eastern dub ethic feels right and grounded in a kind of musical knowledge from the inside, it is touched with the rarified air of postmodern exotica that plagues so many of Laswell's current releases -- remember his Celtic album (shudder)? But it is only touched, rather than drenched, by this. This is a pleasant enough listen, nice to have in the background or to play while getting ready to read, but as far as substantive, compelling listening, better leave that to the other composers in the series. ~ Thom Jurek
Disc 1
1 Oman
2 Turf War
3 Oum El Bouaghi
4 Haji Baig
5 Into The Void
6 Comoro 1
7 Siren Song
8 Soldiers Of Misfortune
9 Deadly Haven
10 Portals
11 Jammu
12 Abu Sayyam
13 Taliban, The
14 Comoro 2
15 Odyssey
16 El-Oued

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