My 33 1/3 book, on Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II, was the 5th bestselling book in the series in 2014. It's available at Amazon (including Kindle) and via your local bookstore. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #sound-art, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

Listening to art.
Playing with audio.
Sounding out technology.
Composing in code.

Four Film Cues by Kent Sparling (MP3s)

The sound designer and musician Kent Sparling may make some of the best music about which I have the opportunity to read the least often. Albums like Route Canal Diary and Under New Manna, their punny titles aside, are some of the richest contemporary explorations of electro-environmental ambience, close in spirit to Brian Eno’s Thursday Afternoon, yet with their own inner coherence and language.

Sparling composes film music, as well, and there are up on his kentsparling.com website, among the many tracks, four cues from the 2007 film The Princess of Nebraska (from director Wayne Wang), including “Mother of X,” a Morricone-esque combination of plain-winds and whistling (MP3); “Prostitute and Princess,” a super slomo melody caught inside a drone like a bug in amber (MP3); “Still Letting Go,” which brings the melody slightly more into the foreground, looping in a fugue-like manner amid a thick cloud of lushness (MP3); and, the real outlier, “Saint Stupid,” the sole piece among them with a prominent vocal element, first heard amid ringing come-to-prayer/dinner bells and gamelan-like percussion as a distant chorus, but holding out at the end as a single dramatic element (MP3).

Combined, the cues total just under 12 minutes of music:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

More on Sparling at kentsparling.com and jicamasalad.net.

By Marc Weidenbaum

Tags: , , , / Leave a comment ]

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*

Subscribe without commenting