Album Review

Schmidt, Irmin – “Filmmusik Anthology – Volume 4 & 5” – [Spoon]

Thurston Hunger   6/16/2010   CD, Soundtrack

The Man from Can, with relatively recent soundtrack work that
often moves in that nighttime alley crime way akin to earlier
Bohren & Der Club of Gore. Danger in every footprint,
in every calculated syncopation. Lots of stealthy synthesizer
on here, but marrying it reverbed sax lying in a pool of blood,
a tight trumpet being framed for the crime, and an assasin’s
flute whispering from the shadows beneath the fire escape…
it all creates truly a record of ambience, if not technically
ambient, music. Schmidt studied under Stockhausen (senior)
and completes the loops bringing junior onboard. Often Schmidt
likes to create an environment and then put a live soloist
in and let’s him/her flutter against the walls. The second disk
features a lot of skating on thin synthesized ice until track
11 detonates a bee hive. “Zicke Zick” brings a mosquito
alive electonically…but overall the first disk kept beckoning
to me. A great combination of nebulous and nefarious…

-Thurston Hunger

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