The Athletic Machine (MP3)

Ronny Nibblets scores an indoor meet

The pulsing synthesizer heard amid a field recording of athletic activity brings to mind, of course, Vangelis’ Chariots of Fire film score. The music in that 1981 movie located and cemented parallels between mechanical sound and the human machine — it was to running what Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn,” less than a decade earlier, had been to driving. In Ronny Nibletts’ 11-minute “Sports Hall Athletics,” the sounds of exertion are a little less exalted — he lists the source event as an ordinary “indoor athletics meet” — but the effect is vigorous, these slight variations in synthesized rhythmic tones amid huffing, motion, and the occasional whistle.

Track originally posted for free download at Ronny Nibblets is Andy Vaughan, based out of Holmfirth, Britain.

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