The Cinematic Orchestra – Man With A Movie Camera (2003)

The Cinematic Orchestra - Man With A Movie Camera (2003)
Artist: The Cinematic Orchestra
Album: Man With A Movie Camera
Label: Ninja Tune
Year Of Release: 2003
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)

01. The Projectionist (0:08)
02. Melody (0:19)
03. Dawn (4:00)
04. The Awakening Of A Woman (Burnout) (10:20)
05. Reel Life (Evolution II) (6:58)
06. Postlude (1:45)
07. Evolution (Versao Portuense) (5:47)
08. Work It! (Man With The Movie Camera) (8:05)
09. Voyage (0:22)
10. Odessa (2:05)
11. Theme De Yoyo (2:20)
12. The Magician (2:26)
13. Theme Reprise (2:53)
14. Yoyo Waltz (1:17)
15. Drunken Tune (4:50)
16. The Animated Tripod (1:12)
17. All Things (6:08)


It was just a matter of time before the Cinematic Orchestra received a commission for a film score, but this 2003 release actually dates from 1999. The genesis of Man With a Movie Camera lies in the selection committee of a Portuguese film festival, which asked Cinematic Orchestra to score their re-airing of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 film of the same name, a silent Soviet documentary focused on a day in the life of an average worker. Performed live by the orchestra, Man With a Movie Camera doesn’t allow J Swinscoe to indulge in his usual post-production magic, but it is a surprisingly adept score, with occasional bursts of on-the-one jazz-funk wailing to break it up. (Pity the poor comrade who’s soundtracked 70 years later with a hyper-speed Pretty Purdie-type drum solo and some old-school-rap samples in the background.) Scattered moments of brilliance abound, and at one point, someone on sax comes up with a brilliant foghorn recreation. The cinematic material lies in ’70s astral jazz, with evocative, tremulous work from soprano sax and violin. Just two caveats: several of these performances were later echoed in tracks appearing on the Cinematic Orchestra’s 2002 release Every Day, and some passages have a baffling, you-had-to-be-there quality. Apparently it was a hit at the festival, though only the DVD release of Man With a Movie Camera has the film itself, along with a Cinematic Orchestra performance live in the studio, plus a Channel 4 documentary on the making of the record. — John Bush

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