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2003 release from the British Jazz and Electronic outfit formed by Jason Swinscoe. The album comprises the soundtrack to a re-released version of the then ground-breaking 1929 silent documentary film, Man with a Movie Camera from Russian director Dziga Vertov. The Cinematic Orchestra were commissioned to record the score to play as the opening event in Porto, Portugal's year as European Capital of Culture in 2001.

1. The Projectionist
2. Melody
3. Dawn
4. The Awakening of a Woman (Burnout)
5. Reel Life (Evolution II)
6. Postlude
7. Evolution (Versao Portuense)
8. Work It! (Man with the Movie Camera)
9. Voyage
10. Odessa (Interlude I)
11. Theme de Yoyo
12. The Magician (Interlude II)
13. Theme Reprise
14. YoYo Waltz
15. Drunken Tune
16. The Animated Tripod
17. All Things to All Men

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nine Tune Records/Redeye
  • ASIN: B00008BLGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Background: The aptly-named Cinematic Orchestra (TCO) were formed by J. Swinscoe back in 1999. At the time Jay was still an employee at Ninja Tune in South London, where he was responsible for export sales at the long-standing independent record label. Swinscoe arrived at London Bridge from Scotland via Yorkshire and Cardiff with a background playing bass and guitar in bands and DJing, as well ... Read more in Amazon's Cinematic Orchestra Store

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I gladly recommend this to anyone.
Hallvard Opsahl
The only thing I will note right away is the song "Work It!" is a shorter cut on the album than the movie.
G. A. Guymon
On the contrary, most of the tracks are very enjoyable.
"omakasekt"

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Henderson on December 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have bought and listened to CO's three major albums in order (Motion, Every Day, and then Man With A Movie Camera), and I must say, I think this one is the best. In the others, the drums were sampled from CO's live player then fiddled with. In this album, he's just been recorded live, and as far as I can tell, no editing involved. That helps give the tracks much more 'feel' then they had previously. He's an absolutely ace drummer. Also, the tracks don't seem as repetitive as before, and really go places, taking you along for the ride. An extremely valued addition to my collection! Thanks CO!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on February 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For the fourth of 'Cinematic Orchestra's' studio albums, (after 2002's sublime "Every Day" Album), is a commission for the soundtrack for a silent film of the same name ("The man with a Movie Camera"). sequenced and arranged, very differently from previous albums, because instead of the usual 7-8 tracks that most of their albums are made up of. This is expanded to a whooping 17 tracks, which are made up of full length tracks, short interludes and mid-length pieces, that more than likely, reflect the scenes of the film, that this album was recorded for. (I haven't seen the film)

The styles of music here, are a far more sombre and melancholic than previous albums, with the tempo generally being more thoughtful & considered, with various nods to 70's Jazz, with Sax, Violin and bass & trumpet producing something more akin to 'Miles Davis'' more subdued moments. The first 3 or so tracks are more introductory pieces, full of brushed drums, and muted sax, and it's not until track four's "The Awakening of a Woman (Burnout)", that the first true full-blown track begins to take shape. It's a minimal contemplative mood, subtle electronics fill the gaps where real instrumentation would normally be, and the effect is akin to listening to a dusty 1940's black & White thriller, reliant on the music to convey the context of the film.

There are touches of more upbeat arrangements, but nothing here that quite matches some of the more frenetic workouts on previous albums, bear in mind that it's composed soundtrack music, and that it truly impresses when listened to late and night with the lighting down low, and with minimal distractions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "omakasekt" on June 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first came across Cinematic Orchestra in a web discussion group, many cited it as a record of the year. Subsequently I purchased the CD, knowing fully that buying without trying usually leads to disappointment. My expectations were actually exceeded. Moody, complex, rich, the music projects a tinge of darkness at times but without any discomfort. On the contrary, most of the tracks are very enjoyable. Many artists try to mix different genres of music, but few deal with the complexity as coherently as CO in this CD in my humble opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By videodrome on June 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A brilliant idea--the smoothest, most nuanced quasi-electro jazz outfit scoring one of the most ahead-of-its-time films of all time. The music is predictably handsome and atmospheric, but I really look forward to seeing how it wraps itself around the film...fantastic listening nonetheless...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pfictionfan4life on December 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This music is something in and of itself. The music flows over you like warm water in the shower. The beats are mesmerizing and the sounds are phenomenal. If you're taking the time to read these reviews BUY THE CD! It will not disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By River on February 1, 2007
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This is one of the most original and cutting edge musical scores you'll here for awhile . After reading the reviews here I ordered the cd and I can honestly say it could be the best musical purchase I've made for a long time.

This is a full speaker workout I had to turn the sub off completely the bass lines and live drumming are that forceful. You really need to listen to this on a very good system at high volume to fully appreciate the intensity of it.

Should be mandatory taken when auditioning new audiophile equipment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scoundrel on February 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The problem with concept albums is that, while the concept is sometimes interesting, the end result usually is not. That's not the case with Man With a Movie Camera, the Cinematic Orchestra's new soundtrack to the silent film by Dziga Vertov of the same name, but if there's a weakness to this album, it's one that plagues most soundtracks: that without the images to inform the music, the music alone feels aimless. And given that the Cinematic Orchestra is best with longer pieces of music, the tracks here sound truncated. That's a pity, because there are some gorgeous themes ("Dawn," "Reel Life" and "Drunken Tune") that feel undeveloped. There are some reprises from Everyday on here, including "The Awakening of a Woman" (a mellow version of "Burnout"), but my suggestion is: put on the movie and start this album simultaneously. It works wonders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Guymon on October 23, 2012
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The only thing I will note right away is the song "Work It!" is a shorter cut on the album than the movie. I'm sure they did it because it takes out a redundancy without a visual aide. Makes sense. This album is awesome though, I love listening to it especially on my headphones.
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