Bohren and der Club of Gore

The name sounds a bit frightening, especially when you know that ‘bohren’ means ‘drill’ in German, and when you find out that the band comprises of Thorsten Benning, Morten Gass, Robin Rodenberg and Reiner Henseleit who hail from a hardcore provenance, but this is a case of a musical bark being much worse than its bite. With…

Profile: Angelo Badalamenti

The music of Angelo Badalamenti has been floating around in my subconscious since I was 12 and Twin Peaks first aired. Then as I discovered Blue Velvet and the nightmare world of David Lynch, I became certain of Angelo Badalamenti’s unique talent to evoke mystery and beauty. His gift to bring a sense of impending…

Shannon Graham and the Storytellers

Lots of  instrumental artists send me links to their music and while much of it is very nice, it’s difficult to decide what I should cover. But when Shannon Graham sent me a link to her music, I was instantly intrigued by not only the quality of the performances and production but by the style….

Lara’s theme

I’ve always had a special affection for David Lean’s Dr Zhivago and even more of a soft spot for Maurice Jarre’s Lara’s Theme. The heroine is my name sake after all and what an ideal to live up to!  However, it was only on my most recent viewing of the 1965 epic, that I realised…

The Language of Listening

The Baker St Irregulars, were a rag-tag network of homeless people used by Sherlocks Holmes in the famous detective stories to “to go everywhere, see everything and overhear everyone”. His street network, with their all-seeing eyes and keen ears would help Holmes solve mysteries by passing on valuable information. The Baker St Irregulars was also…

Sound, image and the making of meaning.

We’ve come to accept the idea that the score is merely a supporting part to the main event of the moving image when it comes to film. In the Fifteen Question interview we often ask the artist about the relationship between image and sound. Some recent responses to this question…”music is but one small part of…

Soundtrack: The Ipcress File

I’ve been watching a lot of old films lately and I’ve discovered a genre of soundtracks from the late ’50s/early ’60s movies where jazz is the main influence. Instead of sweeping orchestral pieces and music that sounds like the story, jazz-based scores seem to work on a different level. They seem to act more like…

Csound and sanity

This is a clip from an old Sega Master System Game called Fantasy Zone. While you might not be familiar with this particular game, there’s likely to be some sort of computer game that upon hearing, takes you right back to your childhood, back to the days when you had nothing better to do with…

Beyond listening

If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you love music, and that you use it to help, heal, transcend and enhance aspects of your life. Whether it’s to numb and nullify, to empower, enrage or simply to accompany your walk to work, music has the power to affect mood. For many, music acts as…

Opera in the hands of film makers

There are many lists available online that count the top ten ways in which opera is best used in film. Some good examples that appear on most people’s lists are Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now, Maria Callas’s rendition of La Mamma Morta from Andrea Chénier in Philadelphia or my favourite, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana…

Doom and Gore

This post started out as a profile on Sunn O))) – Stephen O’Malley, Greg Anderson and sometimes Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar. They play doom metal and picked up where Earth left off during their hiatus in the nineties. The unusual name comes from the logo of the Sunn brand of bass amplifiers that were designed…

Soundtrack: The Long Goodbye

I watched a film over the weekend called The Long Goodbye. It was a chance pick on a quiet Friday night; the fact that it was a Robert Altman film was the main reason I gave it a chance. It turned out to be an unexpectedly amazing flick. I can’t stop thinking about it and…