Listed: Max Richter + Yannis Kyriakides
Max Richter studied composition and piano at Edinburgh University, at the Royal Academy of Music, and with Luciano Berio in Florence before co-founding Piano Circus, a avant-garde classical ensemble that commissioned and performed works by Arvo Pärt, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe and Steve Reich. He has, over the course of his career, collaborated with artists across a wide range of genres and styles, from electronics-based Future Sound of London and Roni Size to folk singer Vashti Bunyan. He is known, as well, for his work in film, most recently the Prix Franc Musique-awarded soundtrack to Waltz with Bashir. Infra, his latest album (out July 20 on FatCat), was written in collaboration with Wayne MacGregor and Julian Opie for The Royal Ballet of London.
My 10 Favorite Music/Image Collisions
This is a 5-minute blast of pure cinematic joy. Set to one of Duke Ellington’s most rambunctious numbers, the camera roams the subway in the fractured light of dawn.
This is like an update on Harold and Maude - clearly inspired by it and yet it has a beauty of its own. The score by Mark Mothersburgh (of Devo) is a fantastically eccentric concoction of elements. The scene when they release the Hawk from the top of the building and "Hey Jude" plays is one of the great moments of film music in recent years. A friend of mine did the music editing and told me of the difficulties in clearing this. I’m so glad they managed it.
The use of music throughout is amazing, but the long closing sequence featuring Ligeti is just breathtakingly powerful.
I make no apologies for including this. I think it’s just sublime and includes some of Philip Glass’ best work.
So strange and so evocative of an era. Features a score by Al Kooper (the guy who played the Hammond on "Like a Rolling Stone" ... the story goes it was the first time he had ever played B3 ... not a bad start). I just love this film, especially its trippy closing sequence. Its sequel Pictures from Life’s Other Side is also beautiful.
A very bizarre series of movies - not even very good - but what insanely intense atonal scores from Leonard Rosenman. Makes The Dark Knight sound very tame.
I love Altman, and especially the early films. The score by John Williams is so smart and funny.
This is just a wonderfully creative piece of work. The opening tango sequence is particularly cool.
This is actually not that great a film, but it has stunning underwater images and a long sequence featuring some early Pink Floyd which is very trippy. Sublime moments.
Yannis Kyriakides is a composer, sound artist, and improviser based in Amsterdam, by way of Cyprus and England. His music explores new forms and hybrids of media, synthesizing disparate sound sources and highlighting the sensorial space of music. He has written over 80 compositions. Prizes have included the Gaudeamus prize in 2000 for a conSPIracy cantata, and an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2006 for the CD Wordless. Together with Andy Moor (The Ex) and Isabelle Vigier, Kyriakides founded and runs UNSOUNDS, a CD label for new electronic music. He is artistic director of Ensemble MAE, and teaches composition at the Netherlands Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. He has already released four CDs in 2010: two collaborations with Andy Moor, Rebetika and Folia, a collection of pieces from the 1990s to the present, Antichamber, and a collaboration with trumpeter Marco Blaauw called Play Robot Dream. For more info: www.kyriakides.com
1. Louis Andriessen - De Staat (Nonesuch)
2. Robert Ashley - Perfect Lives (Lovely Music)
3. Baloutchistan - Music of Ecstasy and Healing (Ocora)
4. Morton Feldman - String Quartet No. 2 (Mode)
5. Luc Ferrari - L’oeuvre Electronique (INA-GRM)
6. Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (GRP)
7. Andy Moor - Marker (UNSOUNDS)
8. Rembetica - Historic Urban Folk Songs from Greece (Rounder)
9. Fausto Romitelli - Index of Metals (Cypres)
10. John Wall - Cphon (Utter Psalm)
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