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1 review | 5 people love this record: be the 6th! We've got a couple of fascinating treats from Cineploit this week, the first of which is this LP by Rashomon, the movie-themed solo project of Matt Thompson, who also plays in the bands Zoltan and Cremator. On this LP (and accompanying DVD) he has created scores for two short films by stop-motion pioneer Ladislaw Starewicz - creepy but charming silent films in which Starewicz has brought life and ... »

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The Cameraman ́s Revenge by Rashomon
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5 people love this record. Be the 6th!
8/10 Mike Staff review, 02 July 2014
We've got a couple of fascinating treats from Cineploit this week, the first of which is this LP by Rashomon, the movie-themed solo project of Matt Thompson, who also plays in the bands Zoltan and Cremator. On this LP (and accompanying DVD) he has created scores for two short films by stop-motion pioneer Ladislaw Starewicz - creepy but charming silent films in which Starewicz has brought life and personality to various inanimate objects, particularly dead insects, as very human dramas play out in tiny, immaculately detailed sets.   It would be a fascinating artefact with or without Thompson's contribution. The animation is very impressive when you consider that these two films were made in 1912 and 1933 respectively. You really feel like the beetle and his love rival the grasshopper have their own personalities. As for the music, it's sensitively composed and somewhat timeless-sounding, employing classic synths (Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, MiniMoog, SCI Pro One) alongside more period-appropriate instrumentation including autoharp, bodhran, harmonium, psaltery, violin, zither, etc.   The overall effect is slow-moving and mysterious, 'The Cameraman's Revenge' focuses on distant drones, peculiar clicks and shivers to signify insect chatter. Meanwhile 'The Mascot' throws in some John Carpenter-esque synth dread in its first movement before moving on to pipe organ twiddling and wheezing harmonium-and-percussion circus-ish bad vibes. Thoroughly bizarre and slightly twisted, these are sensitively crafted scores to some of the most head-scratching animations you're ever likely to see.


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