Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Multo Morricone Bizarro

Crime and Dissonance
Ennio Morricone is known for two things: writing Sergio Leone film scores, and writing the musical scores for about a billion others.

Crime and Dissonance (2005) was co-compiled by Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle/Faith No More/etc...), put out on his own Ipecac Recordings label, with liner notes by John Zorn (Naked City/Masada/Book of Angels/etc...) - so you know it's gonna be freaky. And it is. The selections come mostly from obscure late-'60s and early-'70s films. Including apparent soft-core porn, so a soft-core *NSFW* [not safe for work] warning on the videos. The only movie I was familiar with is Dario Argento's debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970).

I'm just going to throw out what's already available on YouTube. The comp is 30 tracks of noisy guitar skronk, sexy mellow interludes, heavy jazz vibes, and just about everything wild and of the era. 2xCD for a favorable price! My more favorites embedded, rather than linked... but it's all groovy.

... okay! I made one video, because this song is pure insanity. It goes from pastoral to choral chanting to boogie-psych to military marching to baroque classical, then mix-mashes it up again.

"Ricreazione Divertita" from Crime and Dissonance (2005)

Disc 1, track 1: "Giorno di Notte" - funky wah-wah and organ breakdown, from Una Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna (1971), a Lucio Fulci giallo.

"Astratto 3" - percussive insanity plus sexy moaning, from Veruschka: Poesia di una Donna (1970), an art-horror film with the titular experimental super-model.

"Corsa sui Tetti" - shuffley jazz chaos vibe, from L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo (1970), the original Dario Argento giallo.

"Placcaggio" - basslines and squawking sax, from Il Gatto a Nove Code (1970), another Argento giallo, with Karl Malden!!

"Seguita" - chase theme and noise-burst, from Gli Occhi Freddi della Paura (1971), which might have inspired Funny Games (1997, 2007).

"Titoli (L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo)" - heartbeat pulse on the edge of ecstasy, from Argento's The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970)

"La fotographie" - short 'n' swank, from Veruschka (1970), the body-painting chameleon model...

"Spiriti" - jazzin' into synths drone, from Fulci's Una Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna (1971), or "Lizard in a Woman's Skin" (?!?!)

"Ninna Nanna per Adulteri" - a pastoral lullaby, from Cuore di Mamma (1969), which sounds incredibly fantastically bizarre!

Disc 2, track 1: "Trafelato" - piano bombastico, from Giornata Nera per L'Ariete (1971), a stylish, late-'60s murder-thriller:

"Sensi" - your clockwork's sprung, from Un Bellissimo Novembre (1969), possibly a generic sex farce...

"1970" - smoldering ghostly terror, from Cat O' Nine Tails (1970), of Malden fame!

"Esplicitamente Sospeso" - sequencers and synth bloops, from Il Serpente (1973), Brynner! Fonda! Yul! Henry!

"Sequenza 10" - gypsies stealing your shadow, from Sesso in Confessionale (1974), sounds like an 'academic' excuse to eventually get to the sexy.

"Paura e Aggressione" - too smooth for humans, from Giornata Nera per L'Ariete (1971) a.k.a. "Evil Fingers!"

"Folle Folle" - someone's gonna get hurt by the jazz-funk, from Gli Occhi Freddi della Paura (1971), or "Cold Eyes of Fear!!!"

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