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Ultraviolet Overdrive by Man In Formaldehyde
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8/10 Mingus 05 December 2007
Man In Formaldehyde: 'Ultraviolet Overdrive' (Pointy Bird) This thirteen track collection is split into four different themes and variations. By and large this suite sounds like a combination of synthesized sounds with the addition of some organic embellishments from guitar and field recordings. Some of the more bluer more neo-classical sounding pieces sound like 'Memoryhouse' era Max Richter (sez phil). At times it reminds me of bits of the music Michael Nyman for some of the Peter Greenway films (A Zed And Two Noughts, Drowning By Numbers), the harmonium, zither and handclaps of 'Queen Of England 1' is the sound of an mediaeval disco of sorts. From the opening salvo, with its chimes and horn lines, sets the tone for what could be described as contemporary-classical (a catch-all term for serious sounding music that embraces current stylistic fashions like electronica and melds them to more traditional orchestral sounding arrangements). Throughout, there's the odd dash of atmospheric embellishment courtesy of the odd field recording, minimal guitar strum backed by drone and keys, sparse piano with sound detritus. These largely instrumental themes could quite easily be scored for a full orchestra, which I'm sure would bring a touch more warmth to the obviously synthesized nature of these recordings. Mainly melancholic in mood these sounds wouldn't be out of place on some tear jerking film or television episode. I bet the producer already works in this field? If not maybe, he/she should! (it'll make you shed a tear... beautiful stuff!!- Phil )

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