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Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do [Single, Enhanced, Import]

Sigur RósAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B0001LYFZY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ba Ba - Sigur Ros
2. Ti Ki - Sigur Ros
3. Di Do - Sigur Ros

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The music which the band wrote for Merce Cunningham's Split Sides dance piece has been named Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do. Universal. 2004.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that goes nowhere . . . April 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
. . . but the nowhere it goes is somewhere you want to be. The first track on this, Sigur Ros's fourth release, is purely, ravishingly beautiful. Comprising simple, one is tempted to say mindless, musical materials, it nevertheless conjures the most unpretentious, most evocative childhood memories-of safety, security, bliss, mother-warmth. Things clarify and simplify still further on the second cut, where electro-acoustic materials dance and cavort in a mesmeric static sound signature that evokes proto-childhood, somewhat reminiscent of the space-child birthed at the end of 2001, A Space Odyssey, with just the slightest worm of a hint that everything's not as it seems to be introduced and thematized by scratchy, somewhat mechanical-sounding percussion, warmth and assurance seemingly coexisting with uncertainty and potential destabilzation.
Cut three fully launches menace into this childhood Eden. Processed wordless vocals, of an uncannily ominous sort, combine with storm-like electronic background soundscapes to skew the proceedings in an eldritch direction: A new Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience? Perhaps. Indeed, there is a Blakian signature all over this remarkable music. With the introduction of annoying, jarring electronic effects and layered freak-out guitar, all semblances of innocence are destroyed, only to fleetingly reemerge near the end with an astonishingly short finishing flourish.
In all, I find this music to be at once warmly encouraging and coldly menacing. Just like the real world.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little treasure. September 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a very interesting release for Sigur Ros. Completely different from their two full lengths, but that's good isn't it? We don't want bands making the same album a bunch of times. (Not that the first two were "the same" really). This is entirely instrumental, and much more minimal and abstract than the other albums.

"Ba Ba" gradually materializes from silence with a gentle, ethereal, keyboard melody, which keeps unfolding to reveal more little melodies of music boxes winding up, bells, and pianos. It really evokes a magical kind of dream-like atmosphere in the clouds. I think this track really flows the best and sounds the fullest, sounds like it could be from ().

"Ti Ki" has more music box sounds and odd repetitive electronic dings. very sparse for a while then really builds up.

The last track "Di Do" is kind of creepy, with strange mangled robotic voices repeating the song titles, and swooshing noises, but actually evolves into a good rhythm for a while until the song is tortured and distorted to the point where it is pretty much random experimental noise. This is probably one of the most bizarre songs I've ever heard .

I admit, I probably won't listen to this very often, but it was a very worthwhile purchase for the collection. Fans of the Icelandic band Mum will probably dig this album, as it sounds more like Mum than Sigur Ros. Sometimes I think i'm listening to Mum rather than Sigur Ros, usually on the second song. They had to get some inspiration from them, it sounds so similar. It also reminds me slightly of Aphex Twin, and very slightly of Ulver, mostly on the "Quick fix of melancholy" EP. You should definitely check out Mum and Ulver's electronic music if you enjoy this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ba ba babble December 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sigur Ros is one of those blindingly good bands that occasionally churns out something... not so good. Not bad, but far from good. Sadly that is the case with "Ba Ba/Ti Ki/Di Do," a simplistic little soundtrack EP that sounds pretty, but doesn't inspire a second listen. Heck, it didn't even inspire a title.

"Ba Ba" is perhaps the prettiest song on here, a coldly delicate little synth melody that slips back to where it began, on an ambient loop. After some babbly vocals, "Ti Ki" debuts with a cracked, disjointed sound, followed by the wavery, eerie "Di Do."

Created for the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, this EP may be better if you watch people dancing as you listen. It's somewhat like Sigur Ros's previous work, but somehow it feels more simplistic and sloppy, as if it were slapped together quickly.

Jonsi's falsetto vocals are pleasant, even when he utters baby noises. Backing him are a bunch of experimental samples -- a robotic voice, bells, music boxes, clock gears, and so on. They definitely have the makings of brilliance, but they also overwhelm the delicate ambient melodies. The experimental tracks never quite gel.

Perhaps the worst thing is that Sigur Ros's elusive, almost elfin emotions seem to be missing. The songs of "Ba Ba/Ti Ki/Di Do" are definitely interesting and offbeat, but it's not great. They dart very close to the musical grandeur from "( )" and "Agaetis Byrjun," but fall just short because of a lack of musical focus.

The die-hard Sigur Ros fans may want to give this a spin. "Ba Ba/Ti Ki/Di do" is an interesting EP, but by a truly excellent band like Sigur Ros, this blurry collection feels like a bit of a letdown.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dance May 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a recording of music that Sigur Ros did for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and was performed in New York City in October 2003. Radiohead was also involved in this performance. It's twenty minutes of music. There are three instrumental songs. This is probably the most abstract music Sigur Ros has done. The music is very ambient and evocative. It's mostly bell sounds, music boxes, and percussion. It's a chill out record most definitely. I was listening to it on a long drive to Northern California with my friend from France. It was very striking and very much a mood maker, while seeing the mountains near San Jose. The use of music boxes makes it almost like music about childhood. Sigur Ros is always interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overindulgent but not without merit
Mildly successful mini experiment feels a little to weirdly strained or self-absorbed at times to truly bring out what they were striving for but still contains enough splintered... Read more
Published on December 6, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars A Needed Clarificatrion for Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do...
I've read several of the reviews here that both liked and did not like this album, but there was one thing in common with ALL of them... Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by Brandon Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful with this one.
I read the review on here where it said to synch these up, and since I don't know how to do that with a computer editing system, I listened to it the old fashioned way and made 3... Read more
Published on April 10, 2007 by Wes Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen Again
At first listen this sounds like very simplistic and un-Sigur Ros-like. In order to fully appreciate this EP, you need to combine all three songs into one track (I used cooledit). Read more
Published on September 12, 2006 by Mark Iwanicki
3.0 out of 5 stars A medicre CD by a great band
I agree with the other reviewer.

This is a great band, but this CD is mediocre - well beneath their level of ability. Read more
Published on February 11, 2006 by Mad Max
1.0 out of 5 stars what was that?
I bought this ep and admittedly expected something like ( ), or Agaetis Byrjun. After listening to it, I found myself sorrowly disappointed and happy that the ep was so short. Read more
Published on September 11, 2004 by Aging Music Addict
4.0 out of 5 stars This rose has bloomed
After the relatively dull and repetitive (), I sort of had my doubts reviewing another release by this Icelandic group, thinking it would be the same old stuff all over again. Read more
Published on August 29, 2004 by altmalta
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not bad....
This is pretty good for an EP. I'm glad I didn't spend way too much on this though. Ba Ba and Ti Ki are both equally good songs in my opinion, and Di Do is the best once it really... Read more
Published on August 16, 2004 by omar r.
1.0 out of 5 stars ok, not quite
so, i love everything about this band. the amazing scenic sounds. the beautiful and slow to develop sound that eventually envelopes you into complete and utter bliss. Read more
Published on July 19, 2004 by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical box of love
Between waiitng for Sigur Ros' next album and enjoying their last, this is indeed a welcoming news for fans of the Icelandic band. The three instrumental tracks are seamless here. Read more
Published on June 20, 2004 by Dogville
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