Elliott Sharp: Spectropia Suite – Original Soundtrack to the film „Spectropia“


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Veröffentlicht am: Juli 4, 2010


Spectropia is both a full-length feature film and an interactive media event set in a possible England in 2099, and in New York City in 1931 after the stock market crash. Directed by Toni Dove, it tells a story of time travel and supernatural possession to explore the disorders brought on by consumer culture.

For the score, I endeavored to create two different noir soundworlds: for the future, one of distressed computers and tortured guitars – for New York 1931, one based on an imagined meeting of the musics of Duke Ellington and Edgar Varèse. The song This Time That Place appears in various versions heard throughout the film: as a tango, as a feedbacked guitar solo, as a swing tune, a classical piano etude, and as a rock ballad sung by the great Debbie Harry of Blondie.

To perform Spectropia Suite, I assembled an ensemble of musicians, The ’31 Band, all of whom have extensive experience in many realms of music. All have worked with me on many projects, from the various Western traditions of jazz and classical music to the farthest reaches of contemporary music, free jazz, and improvisation. We recorded the music in the traditional manner of a film orchestra, cue by cue (though not working to picture as most of the timings were not that precise.) Overdubbing, editing, and processing all took place at my Studio zOaR including the tender yet sardonic vocals of Ms. Harry.

This music has evolved from a set of cues into a suite for performance with The ’31 Band expanding on the written material with solos and other interpretive actions by the players.

E# – NYC – January 2009


Elliott Sharp
Spectropia Suite
Original Soundtrack to the film “Spectropia”

[01] Spectropia Overture 03:42
[02] Folding 04:34
[03] Now And Then 02:05
[04] Records Room 01:21
[05] What Is When? 03:47
[06] Crossed Lines 00:32
[07] This Time That Place 03:43
[08] Somewhen 02:46
[09] Then Again 01:43
[10] Ostinato & Decay 03:11
[11] Place & Time 02:33
[12] Stairway To When 03:40
[13] Sally Random 03:08
[14] Spectronia 01:38
[15] Unfolding 01:59
[16] XYZ Theme 01:41
[17] Regulator 03:46
[18] Bubbleburst 04:33
[19] This Place That Time 02:34
[20] Crashing 03:06
[21] Mutanic 01:00
[22] Chaos Ball 02:18

total time: 59:10

Composed and produced by Elliott Sharp (zOaR Music – BMI)

The ’31 Band
Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax
Duane Eubanks, trumpet
Art Baron, Curtis Fowlkes, and Steve Swell, trombones
Anthony Coleman, piano
David Hofstra, string bass
Danny Tunick, vibraphone
Don McKenzie, drums
E#, Bb and bass clarinets, tenor saxophone, guitars, computer processing

Sirius String Quartet
Jennifer Choi, Ester Noh, violins
Ron Lawrence, viola
Tomas Ulrich, cello

Debbie Harry, vocals

Special thanks: Toni Dove, Debbie Harry, all of the musicians, Wulf, Scott Fields, Lila, Kai, and Janene





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