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