Steve Reich In The Afternoon: Sioe/Show 5. As Cold As Ice

Ecclectic playlists a mixes curated by Ffrancon, Lazy Player and occasional random guests.

Rhestrau gwrando a cymysgiadau eclectig wedi’u curadu gan Ffrancon, Lazy Player a gwestai eraill o bryd i bryd.

Gwrando/listen – Youtube , Spotify

Eric Serra – Learning Time
From his soundtrack to Luc Besson’s film ‘Nikita’ (1990), this gorgeous instrumental teeters on the brink of a giant vat full of cheese, making expert use of a palette of clean, cliched 80s synth sounds like an unironic James Ferraro.

Raymond Scott – Portofino 1
From the album ‘Manhattan Research, Inc’ which contains examples of Scott’s remarkable ahead-of-its-time work from the 1950s and 1960s for film soundtracks, commercials, and for his own technical and musical experiments. Scott’s incredibly diverse musical career included being the pianist for the CBS Radio house band, fronting a bestselling swing/jazz band, working as a sound engineer, creating ‘silent music’ with an orchestra, composing and arranging Broadway musicals, recording multi-track pop songs, inventing the polyphonic sequencer and a whole shitload of other interesting and mad things.

Shigeo Sekito – The Word 2
Here’s the original track that Mac DeMarco used for ‘Chamber Of Reflection’, and which Wiz Khalifa subsequently sampled for ‘Smoke Chambers’. Sekito plays an Electone, a Yamaha organ. Not much is known about Sekito (well, by me anyway) but by god what a piece of music to leave behind. Check out the compilation of his work スペシャル・サウンド・セレクション -ザ・ワード-.

Isao Tomita – Clare De Lune
A classic slice of Tomita, one of the real pioneers of electronic music. If you’re new to him, the entire ‘Snowflakes are Dancing’ album is worth a listen for its sublime electronic renditions of Claude Debussy. Reminds me of the end of the Studio Ghibli animated film ‘Ponyo’…

Gabriel Yared – C’est le vent, Betty
I can’t even remember what the film ‘Betty Blue’ was about now (a mental breakdown?), but the soundtrack is seared into my brain forever.