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Cinematic Orchestra


The Cinematic Orchestra is a British-based jazz and electronic outfit created in the late 1990s by Jason Swinscoe which records on the Ninja Tune record label. In both live and studio context, the Cinematic Orchestra employ a live band which improvises along with a turntabilist and electronic elements such as samples provided by Swinscoe. In their studio releases Swinscoe will often remix the live source material to produce a finished product that is seamless combination of live jazz improvisation with electronica, such that it is difficult to tell where the improvisation ends and the production begins. Cinematic Orchestra have been noted for their new soundtrack to the classic 1929 Dziga Vertov Russian film Man with the Movie Camera. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinematic_Orchestra [Oct 2004]

Motion (1999) - Cinematic Orchestra

  • Motion (1999) - Cinematic Orchestra [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Motion, the debut album from DJ Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra, is a future jazz classic. Each track perfectly marries mood and substance, mixing shuffling percussion and galloping drum breaks with chilled pianos, melancholy strings and live jazz horns. Heavy acoustic basslines mingle with samples of old blues singers and twinkly electric piano solos. It's a dark, late night brew that conjures up images of smoke-filled jazz clubs and dimly lit concert halls. But this is no exercise in jazz pastiche-­Swinscoe genuinely loves the genre, and it shows. On Motion, he never slips into pointless jazz noodling opting instead for rolling breakbeats, moody soundtrack sounds and deft horn touches. Consequently, Motion is a brilliant album of dark, soundtrack jazz that'll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.--Matt Anniss

    Every Day (2002) - Cinematic Orchestra

  • Every Day (2002) - Cinematic Orchestra [Amazon.com] The second full length from one of our favorite new groups on Ninja! They're exploring a slightly more jazzy/soulful route this go 'round, and are joined on 2 tracks by St. Louis soul diva Fontella Bass, and Roots Manuva on another. Sweeping soundscapes that build up, evolve, and set a great mood!

    Man with a Movie Camera (2003) - Cinematic Orchestra

    1. Man with a Movie Camera (2003) - Cinematic Orchestra [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      Cinematic Orchestra quite simply put make this world seem to be a much better place than it often is through their music. Simple honesty, beauty, sincerity, strength - this music transcends words. As Claude Debussy said in early 20th century: 'Music is the space between the notes'. Cinematics have mastered this. Music and art collide. --A viewer for Amazon.com

    Man With the Movie Camera (1929) - Dziga Vertov

    Man With the Movie Camera (1929) - Dziga Vertov [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    Dziga Vertov (January 2, 1896–February 12, 1954) was a Russian documentary film and newsreel director. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dziga_Vertov [Oct 2004]

    Man with the Movie Camera (Chelovek s Kinoapparatom) is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film by Russian director Dziga Vertov. The film follows a cameraman around various cities, intercutting his footage with footage of him filming and footage of a woman editing, and includes a number of cinematic techniques such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme closeups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, and a self-reflexive storyline (at one point it features a split screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_with_the_Movie_Camera [Oct 2004]

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