Simon Fisher Turner

Live Blue Roma (The Archeology of Sound)

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Live Blue Roma is, as the title implies, a live performance of Simon Fisher Turner's extraordinary soundtrack for Derek Jarman's film Blue. Jarman, suffering from AIDS, had reached a point in the disease's progression where he was only able to see the world in shades of blue. The soundtrack sets his words, bitter but absolutely without self-pity and, in fact, still somewhat wondrous about the turn of events, to a lush, ambient music that owes something to Eno but inhabits a unique sound world. Much of the performance follows the lines of the original recording, but many adaptations and additions have been mixed into the blend, making this a desirable pickup for fans of that album. In fact, it's worth it to hear how Turner subtly re-envisions the manner in which his music swathes and accents what is really the gist of the piece: Jarman's words. Though often elegiac in tone, Turner understands perfectly the remorseless clarity with which Jarman views his situation, even the fascination at his visual affliction. While, merely by virtue of being a second rendition, it might not pack the power of the first version, Live Blue Roma is a lovely, powerful, and incisive work in and of itself. Recommended.

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