Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

Spasmo’s centerpiece is ‘Stress Infinito,’ a masterful slab of experimental suspense music. Dissonance and discord lead to disorientation in this diabolically designed labyrinth of despair. If that sentence seems overwrought you can blame it on the music, which is impressively single-minded in its mission to undermine sanity wherever it may be sequestered. At the onset Morricone summons jarring electronic sound effects that pierce the writhing orchestral discord before setting down a simple beat offset by angular brass and keyboard lines. Eventually the volume and tempo verge on hard rock, but in the least conventional sense possible. Easy listening it is not…”

– from Chapter 6: A Fearful Earful of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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