Thursday, June 4, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

"For I Bury the Living, composer Gerald Fried takes advantage of the sinister sound of manic harpsichord trills alongside worried woodwinds and low strings that quote from a grim Volga Boatman folk song. For the remake of The Cabinet of Caligari, Fried's sweeping strings nauseatingly vacillate between sweetly romantic and suspenseful. More manic moments can be heard on 'The Rorshach Test,' on which argumentative brass jostle alongside panicked piano, and on 'House of Horrors' where frantic keys, woodwinds and brass feverishly repeat a hypnotic figure until dissipating into nervous strings."

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

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