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Foley Room

Amon TobinAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Brazilian-born Amon Tobin first emerged between 1994-1995 with a string of 12" singles on a small London-based record label called 9Bar Records. The album that followed, "Adventures In Foam", paved the way for a whole generation of electronic productions and prompted his signing to the prodigious Ninja Tune in 1996. He has since gone on to record seven critically-acclaimed ... Read more in Amazon's Amon Tobin Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B000N0QXHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bloodstone
2. Esther's
3. Keep Your Distance
4. The Killer's Vanilla
5. Kitchen Sink
6. Horsefish
7. Foley Room
8. Big Furry Head
9. Ever Falling
10. Always
11. Straight Psyche
12. At the End of the Day

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Product Description

Electronic beatmaking legend Amon Tobin reinvents himself on Foley Room, an album meticulously created from field recordings and other found sounds. Still very much an Amon record, but with fresh new underlying sounds. Includes bonus DVD documenting the process.

With Foley Room, Montreal's Amon Tobin throws his torch in with the blazing tradition of full-length works composed in the majority with found sounds. Having formerly made his name as a craftsman of vinyl samples into towering rhythmic dynamos like his fin-de-siècle LP, Supermodified, Tobin tries sampling the world for himself. With microphone in hand and his tape console slung over his shoulder, he captures the timbre of factories, a massive satellite dish, and local avant-garde improvisers with equal zest. One loping highlight comes early in "Big Furry Head," when during a token trip-hop lead-in--all reverb, squiggle, and over-compressed drumbeat--a tiger's hungry growls tears new life across the frequency spectrum, signaling the abyss-deep thump of Tobin's next new groove. Whether he's wandering through lush, meandering string workouts ("Bloodstone") or more aggressive avenues toward beauty ("Ever Falling"), Tobin's gait is ever informed by the beat. But where some contemporary found-sound sculptures like Matthew Herbert's Plat du Jour keep a more strident sampling ethos in the service of musical politics, Tobin's approach clearly reeks with a love of sound manipulation as its own reward: every process an adventure, each completed work a revelation. --Jason Kirk

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amon Tobin does it again March 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I guess it always was going to happen. Amon Tobin's past releases basically took record sampling as far as it could go. With Foley Room he and a team took to the streets with high-sensitivity microphones to capture source sound to use as the main components to process into the 12 tracks here. They include actual instruments like strings, drums, piano but also lion roars, motorcycle engines, agitated wasps and on and on.

His last album proper (I am maybe wrongly hesitant to call the soundtrack he did for Splinter Cell a true album) 'Out From Out Where' sounded just as the title suggested, from outer space and very sci-fci. 'Foley Room' sounds much more organic, surely in large part to his molding sounds from actual instruments and our environment. But believe me, you would have a hard time placing all the sounds on this album to their actual source as he (as in past releases) molds these samples into sound that rarely has any similarity to that of the original.

'Bloodstone' opens slowly building on a subtle piano trill and strings courtesy the Kronos Quartet. It segues into 'Esther's' with the same piano theme before a monster of bass beats and manipulated motorcycle engine revs bludgeon the listener. Esther's become's Bloodstone's mean older brother on steroids and speed and the album really takes off. 'Keep Your Distance' is as disturbing as any of Tobin's past spook-fests. Play this on the headphones and you will catch yourself checking over your shoulder. 'The Killer's Vanilla'-another great track with a superb outro. 'Foley Room' includes the requisite scatter-breaks that are Tobin's signature. 'Big Furry Head' is titled as a reference to a lion, whose roars are sampled and manipulated to such extent they would probably send the actual animal backpeddaling in fear. As with all of Tobin's records, the final tracks bring the listener down from the chaos that preceded.

Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compellingly detailed July 26, 2009
By IRate
Format:Audio CD
While continuing to elude many entrapments associated with serious, long-term electronic artistry, Tobin has also perhaps alienated some older supporters by constantly straying from his drum-and-bass bread and butter. No matter though. If FR is Tobin at his anti-melodic, uncompromising best, than it is only a testament to the dense production and sampling reverence that keeps him high on the A list.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but less engaging work from Tobin March 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had great expectations for this CD but found myself disappointed.

Tobin has in the past constructed his music from sampled segments from other people's records, but this time set out with mike in hand to widen his sound palette by using 'found' sounds. Insects, motorcycles, tigers, robots, pots and pans all make the mix. However, Tobin has also thrown in some musicians, including the Kronos Quartet.

For me, this is a case of "more is less". I am more a fan of the beat-driven, rhythmic and melodic parts of Tobin's work. This CD is Tobin at his most abstract to date. Yes, there are beats, but they often dissolve into a landscape of sound. Tobin often manipulates his source material with distortions and tweaking, but I never found myself really being engaged by the end result.

Tobin's sound has often been innovative, and this album delivers plenty of atmospheric soundscapes, but doesn't measure up to other true 'found sound' classics such as Eno & Byrne's seminal My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite tobin August 25, 2008
By slain
Format:Audio CD
I have all the Amon Tobin releases, and I have to say that this one is my favorite. At times it is raucous and hard (big furry head), at times it is beautiful and soft (at the end of the day), at times it is dark and haunting (bloodstone), and at times it makes you wonder how in the world the sounds are being generated... it is a great trip. I think some listeners might be a little caught up in the project concept, or are just unable to deal with a slightly different sound. Maybe others just don't like any of the softer stuff... probably the same ones that don't like Amon's jazzier tunes as well. It is a shame for them, cause they are missing out. Try to appreciate an artist taking risks and keeping his sound fresh, rather than lamenting that each recording doesn't sound the same. It would be easy for Amon to pump out the same sound every CD... but that wouldn't be very entertaining.

This is a great 5 star CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated Artistry in Electronica Pur April 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Having been a fan of the Art of Noise in the 80's, it is a very high bar that reaches my ears these days, and Amon Tobin has done it. His incidental style, combined with crafty rhythms and a high degree of acoustic precision create something between acid jazz and techno, a very listenable, wordless play on the human spirit.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2007? Try 2307 May 8, 2007
By Greg
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Foley Room is an industrial breakbeat / drum-n-bass symphony. Amon Tobin not only improves but he vastly raises the bar every single time he releases an album. You know this is the man who made Out from Outwhere and Permutation right away but what you cannot prepare for is the epic nature in which he rings in 2007 with music that is 2307.

I have a deep love for the album format and 'Foley Room' further defines this affection. It allows for structure and limitations to encourage discipline and creativity. The music here is like the intensity of a beautifully emotional 500 lb. beast trapped within a metal cage where he barely fits and has only one small air hole. He is angry and dents the structure while trying to free himself. He becomes hopeless realizing this is impossible. He ponders his life, becomes bitter and angry again. Somehow, we feel like he got himself into this.

Take that for what you will, but the only album I can compare this to is 'Endtroducing...' and that is a stretch because this is much more intense and the songs are mostly shorter in length (my only gripe because these songs could be of brilliantly epic length to match the mood). But the darkness and emotion is evident and delves deeper into actual human psyche than I'd say nearly ALL of, at least, electronic music.

Amon Tobin has officially been ordained into the vanguard of music's elite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing! Mind blowing!
Published 4 days ago by Mark Kotecki
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Amon Tobin
I love Amon Tobin. Great music that is different from your pop music of today. Fun and creative music to listen to.
Published 7 months ago by Matthew W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic!
I love this CD and listened to it non-stop. Probably one of the best in his library since Bricolage! You have to pick this up.. you will not be dissapointed..
Published on September 18, 2012 by el greco
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH DESERT
I met this music while traversing Joshua Tree National Park by car, a Mustang convertible, to be exact, top down, on a sunny day with a curving, vacant road ahead. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Donal Cribb
5.0 out of 5 stars Amon Tobin , Foley Room
I really liked this. Amon Tobin pu these racks together really well. The song "keep your distance" is my favorite. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by j3rzyc41n3
5.0 out of 5 stars of course really nice one
i had a problem with the first order that i made and amazon really kindly sent me another one, not damaged this time without any further arrived well, thanx again... Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by ecophonix
3.0 out of 5 stars Foley Room
This album is flush with hits and misses, being that there are more misses than hits is why I give this album 3 stars. Read more
Published on September 23, 2009 by Joey Joe Joe Jr S.
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
found sound or not, this one still holds its own compared to earlier releases, and that is a very high standard to live up to. Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by Gerth Mirthful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound landscape
This is such an interesting album. I listen to it to try to catch all the little details Tobin has put in his music. I am addicted already. Enjoy!
Published on October 22, 2008 by J. Kuo
5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review
If Ninja Tune was entirely in its own music genre (and I'd like to claim that it is), then it would be hard for its roster to compete with its staple artist, Brazilian born Amon... Read more
Published on January 13, 2008 by Headphone Commute
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Agreed... Amon Tobin is a great artist! But I haven't checked this out yet. I guess I'll have to wait till it's come out.
Feb 25, 2007 by IndieShotYou |  See all 2 posts
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