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Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do Single, Enhanced, Import

3.7 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jan P. Dennis on 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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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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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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This, like many others for this cd, is my first review, but too many people are complaining about Sigur Ros's new single. It is a hypnotic and beautiful layers of music box's and keyboards that is just and album to listen to while thinking or having a revelation. It was a project for Split sides and nothing else, the band has already said the new album will have lots of vocals, maybe even in english, so we know this isnt permenant. If it's beautiful music i dont care who is making it and where they have been, and that is what this is, if i want Untitled then I'll listen to it.
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By A Customer on March 28, 2004
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Completely different from everything else I've heard from Sigur Ros, this EP comes off more as an ambient expirament than a new focused effort.
No vocals (aside from samples) or discernable melodies. Instead, the songs on Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do seem more intent on generating hypnotic layers of pretty blips and clicks. It's a great deal more subtle than their other work.
It reminds me of the more hypnotic tracks off of Mum's "yesterday was dramatic, today is ok" album, or practically anything off the Raymond Scott LP "soothing sounds for baby," which was basically a similar (albeit slightly less accesible) set of playful, child-music...
I love the direction of this EP, but if fans are looking for something similar to Aegetis Burgeum or Untitled, they could be in for a dissapointment. I admit that I was looking for more of the slow, brooding builds and peaks topped with the signature phonetic "outlandish" singing style of Untitled 1, but ended up feeling pleasantly surprised by the completely different direction.
Hopefully you will too.
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