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Bodysong Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Toshiba EMI
  • ASIN: B0000D8RUY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Radiohead Guitarist Jonny Greenwood Wrote all 13 Tracks of this Soundtrack and Produced it with Graeme Stewart. The Film was Directed by Simon Pummell and is a Panoramic View of the Experience of Being Human, from Birth to Death. It is Completely Free of Dialogue and is Compiled from Sourced Images from the Past 100 Years.

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Format: Audio CD
In the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, Bodysong is simultaneously an ugly, gorgeous, riveting, and appalling study of human life. And like Philip Glass' astounding musical visions of the images in 'Qatsi', Jonny Greenwood's score is wholly engrossing and a creative realization of the subject matter of the documentary, not to mention the first true testament to Greenwood's ambitious but remarkable compositional skills.
Technically, the music on this album is clearly first-rate. What is most impressive is the fact that Greenwood, the lead guitarist for one of the most popular rock bands today, is also such a deft composer. As it turns out, however, Greenwood was classically trained in viola at Oxford Poly and has picked up a fair share about composition. He recently signed on to be the BBCs composer in residence, indicating both his skill and his continued interest in writing and conducting. Musically, each song on this soundtrack is a standout. Together, they make one of the most sublimely beautiful instrumental albums I've ever heard. Even without watching the documentary, one can be taken away by the mysteriously inhuman moods the music invokes.
Anyone buying this album and expecting Radiohead-esque music will likely be disappointed. That said, there are musical elements common to Greenwood's compostions and Radiohead's songs (makes sense, since Greenwood does a good deal of writing for the band after frontman Thom Yorke). While no member of Radiohead appears on the soundtrack except Jonny Greenwood, his composing and orchestrating skills alone create the same brilliant kind of sound-images that float through particularly Radiohead's most recent songs. However, until this soundtrack, Greenwood's musical presence has been balanced out and - dare I say - muted by his four band mates. Guitar riffs or no, the music Jonny Greenwood has created on Bodysong is a pure translation of image to sound, and an impressive step into the world of composition.
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Format: Audio CD
nearly 4 years ago i hated radiohead. then the person i'm seeing played them one day in the car and i couldn't believe it was them. i loved them instantly. i fell in love with radiohead because of the person i am dating. now i just bought bodysong by johnny greenwood. now i am not much for instrumental or score music but this cd is really really good. i love the song splitter and moon trills. moon trills sounds like an instrumental version of sail to the moon. i can't recall which song is which but that is the cool thing about this cd. it's like walking through this new landscape. i can't really explain it other then to say that the result is one freaking cool cd. the fact that this is put out on a major label shows the power that radiohead have even though they've never sold huge copies of their cds. my love for radiohead is a true testament to the power of what love can do. if it wasn't for the person i seeing then i wouldn't be listening to bodysong right now. this is a cd that i highly recommend.
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By dtp on Dec 2 2003
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is experimental and odd; sometimes the result is not music, but simply pure and wonderful sound. The first track, "Moon Trills", would be the perfect companion to "Pyramid Song" by Radiohead. "Iron Swallow" stands on its own as an elegant and simple classical work, designed to evoke a different time. Later on, things become more experimental; "Convergence", for example, uses drums entirely to build to a insane crescendo; this stuff is not for those expecting some form of Radiohead, (Greenwood is their Guitarist) unless you were into b-sides like "Kinetic." Samples dominate for rhythm, using odd sound effects or drum loops. The styles on this disc go from abstract experimentation to free jazz. The gems are "Moon Trills", "Splitter" and "Bode Radio/Glass Light/Broken Hearts", and "24 Hour Charleston".
I wish we could have more CDs like this, but labels don't like experimentation to this degree, because it's not safe and bland like so much pop music out there.
A creepy and essential disc.
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By grant on Dec 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
if you are a huge radiohead fan, you may be very intrigued as to what jonny might come up with. be forewarned, his creation is not anything like radiohead recordings. bodysong is even more obscure than radiohead's amnesiac. that is not to say that bodysong isn't good, it's just different. i was anticipating the release of this record for quite some time, and bought it as soon as i found it in stores. i was pleasantly suprised when i first listened to the album; it was nothing like what i was anticipating. i gave this album only three stars because i personally prefer music that is structured in a more typical way. however this album in its obscurity makes a beautiful reflection of the complexity and beauty of a human life, which is i think was the purpose of the soundtrack and film.
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By James H. on March 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD should be a 5/5. However, it's not a cd-audio. It is a EMI Copy Protection disc. People, do not buy this cd. I know, it pains me not to support artists I love, but we must send a message to EMI. Don't block our fair use! Stopping our fair use of the cds we purchase only hurts the consumer.
Want to listen to the beautiful sound of Moon Trills on your iPod while studying? Nope, can't do it. Want to ponder the mental imagery so vividly induced by Clockword Tin Soldiers? Can't happen unless you lug your cd player along with you.
Support distributors and labels who care about their consumers. Don't support EMI and their crusade against the consumer.
(As a side note, I'd purchase and give this cd a glowing review had it not been for this issue.)
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