Different kinds of cinematic: Tom Hodge and Franz Kirmann‘s score for ‘The Man Behind The Microphone’. Harnes Kretzer‘s Black Noise is not a movie soundtrack but it could very well have been one.
Dark and suspenseful drones, gritty noise and orchestral choir arrangements present inescapable dystopic -but fascinating- views on current times.
Aaron Martin‘s soundtracks for ‘Touch Dissolves’ (a photo book by Yusuf Sevinçli), and for William Armstrong’s award winning short documentary ‘Adam’.
Two cassette releases by Celer (one with Forest Management) – both are sold out but can still be enjoyed!
Ánd a brand-new feeling rerelease from two hard to find releases by Yui Onodera.
‘Sleep Stations’ is a short EP continuation of From The Mouth of The Sun‘s ‘Hymn Binding’ release in 2017. Erik K. Skodvin and Rauelsson team up to create a spellbinding movie soundtrack for “Darling”
I could easily fill all of this blog with Machinefabriek/Rutger Zuydervelt releases. Blink twice and the release pages (solo/collaborations) will probably be updated with a new title.
Time for a roundup of some recent releases…
An alternative soundscape to ‘Festen’ by Manos Milonakis * From The Mouth Of The Sun‘s third album ‘Hymn Binding’ * Two albums full of ‘piano-focused tenderness’ by Jason van Wyk
A soundtrack (Saro), an imaginary soundtrack (Sleepers Fate), and somewhat unorthodox use of an accordion (Accordion Sessions)!
A Requiem for people about to die in a plane crash, the original Twin Peaks soundscapes by Dean Hurley; and near-silent Deflections by Asmus Tietchens and Fabio Perletta
On ‘Fiction – Non-Fiction’, Olivier Alary presents a multi-faceted overview of his recent soundtrack compositions – with a special unreleased track called ‘Discipline’ as additional bonus listening on Ambientblog.
Next to that, Selffish (yes: two ff’s) presents his new album on the Serein label, which is every bit as beautiful as you’ve come to expect from this label’s output.
Michel Banabila and Maarten Vos perform the soundtrack for Conny Janssen’s dance production “Home”….
Banabila also released a (vinyl) compilation called “Sound Years” (and gives away three download codes to commenters on this post!)
Soundtracks are hot. And quite a lot of them border on ‘ambient’ music because of their inherent atmospherics. Or on ‘post-classical’ music because of their instrumental arrangements.
‘The Revenant’ combines the best of both worlds!
Different kinds of “Landscape Music” from three duo’s and one ensemble.
With releases from From The Mouth Of The Sun (Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist), Christina Vantzou, Mark Lyken & Emma Dove, and Jón Ólafsson & Futuregrapher.
Drones, soundtracks and atmospheric sketches for the changing seasons…. with new music from Inner Vision Laboratory, Strom Noir, OfftheSky, Atrium Carceri and Colbets
The music of “Sacred Ground” is created for a documentary film (by Tim Grünewald and Ludwig Schmidtpeter) about the Wounded Knee and Mount Rushmore memorial sites in South Dakota:
“Two memorials in the heart of America. Two hours’ drive but worlds apart. Mount Rushmore is an icon of the United States, attracting millions of visitors each year. The Wounded Knee Massacre Site receives just a handful of visitors each day.”
It is also inspired by (and dedicated to) Florian Fricke, who created soundtracks with Popol Vuh for many Werner Herzog movies.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen (AWVftS) is often referred to as a duo consisting of Adam Wiltzie (core member of the legendary Stars of the Lid – guess there’s no further introduction needed) and pianist/composer Dustin O’Halloran. But AWVftS would not be AWVftS without the (now 7-member) string section and the additional modular synth sounds created by Francesco Donadello. Together they present a full orchestral sound with a fascinating balance of string arrangements, melancholic piano melodies and (somewhat unsettling) synth embeddings.
“The Epic of Everest” is a classic documentary (from 1924!) about George Mallory and Sandy Irvine’s attempt that year to climb the Mount Everest. The fateful expedition was filmed by Captain John Noel in the harshest conditions:
“The pair were last seen when they were about 800 vertical feet (245m) from the summit. Mallory’s ultimate fate was unknown for 75 years, until his body was discovered on 1 May 1999 by an expedition that had set out to search for the climbers’ remains. Whether Mallory and Irvine reached the summit before they died remains a subject of speculation and continuing research.”
The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet.
Here’s a batch of most interesting recent releases by dutch artists (that definitely should be heard outside Holland):
SIDDHARTHA BARNHOORN – ANTICHAMBER
Siddhartha Barnhoorn‘s relatively young biography (since 2004) already boasts a great number of soundtracks for movies and commercials. His latest release is the soundtrack for the “Antichamber” game (released through Steam) – a game that does quite well in the gaming community as far as I can tell by the ‘metacritic score’ of 82/100.
I cannot tell anything you about the game experience (if anyone reading this has played the game please share your experience in the comment section) – but as far as the music goes: this is spectacularly atmospheric, breathing a calm that seems to be the complete stylistic opposite of the preview images’ atmosphere.
Creating game music is quite different from creating soundtrack music, as games are mostly unlinear, and it’s never known how long a player will remain at a certain scene. So it’s all about creating an atmosphere, especially one that you would love to stay in longer … and this is what Barnhoorn does very, very well.