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Encounters at the End of the World Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (September 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fractal Music
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Henry Kaiser and friend, David Lindley, team up on the soundtrack to Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World. Together, the awesome duo push the limits of film scoring to the far reaches of the planet...dive into soundscapes at the edge of existence, taking you to the end of the world.


Unlike many of Kaiser's releases, this is not a guitar jam 'tour de force', nor a stellar experimental solo guitar soundscape. What it is, is a MASTERPIECE of compositional focus on the music itself, not the players. Meditative moments within various familiar global folk musics- ofttimes Americana, sometimes Norskie, sometimes Scelsi, sometimes Malagasy - or sometimes the altogether UNearthly, arise and recede, leaving backgrounds of colored silence, analogous to the visual or mental experience of taking [pieces of] the familiar of any kind and dropping it into the 'two-chrome monochrome' of the Antarctic - out-of-place in one sense while simultaneously highlit and shimmering in the numinous beauty of its unique otherness. It's in my player now on repeat, the next step [for me] is to see how it was integrated into Herzog's film. But it works perfectly brilliantly on its own, Thank You! This is not difficult 'free' music - it's for everyone, while being extremely creative. It serves to illustrate my personal credo: Music is a foreign language Everyone speaks. (and this one picks the locks on the closed mind as well) Barrels of THUMBS UP! ---Manny Lunch, DMG

Whether it be experimenting with guitar riffs from outer space or experimenting with science, deep beneath the ice of Antarctica's Ross Sea, Henry Kaiser is no stranger to pushing the limits. Now, Kaiser is at it again with his new project, Encounters at the End of the World. Henry Kaiser again takes on a new challenge by not only producing the film and composing the music for the film's soundtrack, but also by taking on the role of cameraman down in the frigid climate of mysterious Antarctica. ---Joyce, Cuneiform Records

Herzog apparently is highly influenced by music and sound. There is a fairly significant thread through this film dealing with both. Within two days I have watched two films where sound played a very major role or was another character in the film. ---Daniel G. Lebryk

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ATrainEnt on November 19, 2013
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'Music for Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World' reunites two iconic guitar players and composers: Henry Kaiser and David Lindley. LIndley, who is well know for his work with Jackson Browne, has also worked with Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt and Bruce Springsteen to name a few, but his wonderfully eccentric side has clearly been encouraged here by Kaiser - as was also evidenced in their venture into Madagascar two decades ago which yielded their series of albums featuring contemporary music from the region.

On 'Encounters'..., a soundtrack to Herzog's documentary about the lives of scientist living and working in Antarctica, Kaiser and Lindley collaborate once again to create something entirely new - an expansive raw landscape, dire isolation juxtaposed to unimaginable beauty and discovery that the film brings to light.

Kaiser plays acoustic and electric guitars, kabosy, ukelele, string and flute samples. Lindley plays weissenborn slide guitars, fiddle, hardanger fiddle, cumbus, oud and cittern. Additional performers include Cheryl Leonard (glass instrument)s, Damon Smith (double bass), William Winant (percussion), Danielle DeGruttolla (cello) and Jen Baker (trombone).
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I enjoyed Werner Herzog's quirky documentary about life in the Antarctic, two of the high points being when I recognized the soundtrack as David Lindley's acoustic guitar, and the other seeing Henry Kaiser in action as an underwater photographer and ecstatically jamming on his electric guitar (regrettably missing from this CD). And I'm happy to find the soundtrack CD even better than the soundtrack on the movie (longer, more detailed and varied tracks).

Kaiser and Lindley here continue their global cross cultural muse-ical collaboration - but unlike their recordings in Madagascar and Norway, and the diverse human influences there, in the antarctic, while they bring some of those musical influences (especially Lindley with his Scandinavian hardanger fiddle, and Malagasy sounding oud, cumbus, cittern and weissenborn guitar tunes), they are also exploring a mostly nonhuman world of snow and ice covered land and ice covered ocean.

I kind of doubt Lindley ever went to Antarctica (this is mostly recorded in the studio in California), and his playing tends to be the warmer sounding, but he also gets nicely into the expansive open ended (yet sometimes pensive) spirit of the place (and that hardanger fiddle sounds so Arctic - hauntingly cold, brittle, and desolate - in itself). This is clearly Kaiser's project (and passion), but he plays a surprisingly low key part, only really expressing his brooding, dissonant take on that frozen world in the opening and closing long pieces, and this is fine for me since I'm a huge Lindley fan.
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"Over The Ice" with its lovely unexpected strings, "Flight to New Harbor" playfully taking us to the "End of the World," and the nostalgia laced "Ants and Chimps" pining for worlds known and unknown...not bad for just the first three songs! And it keeps getting better.

This is a wonderful and rare recording that you can listen to both casually and with great attention, with equal satisfaction.

Highly recommended, as is the film which it accompanies.
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