John Zorn

The Best of Film Works: 20 Years of Soundtrack Music

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This single volume makes it all crystal clear: John Zorn is one of the most inventive, sophisticated, mischievous, and poignant film score composers who works (mostly) outside the Hollywood system. Some of the directors he has worked with are Walter Hill, Jean-Luc Godard, Dina Waxman, Sandi Dubowski, Oren Rudavsky, Henry Hills, and Marc Levin. This single volume contains 28 cues from 22 films and three commercials. For those intimidated by the sheer number of volumes comprising Zorn's Film Works series (18 as of October 2006), this is a great place to start. The full range of Zorn's moods, colors, textures, and, of course, humor comes across in these cues. The four from Cynical Hysterie Hour are choice, as are "Trembling Before G_D" (from Dubowski's film of the same name), "Pueblo" (a work for the silent film Rose Hobart by Joseph Cornell), and the cue from Protocols of Zion by Marc Levin. Zorn's different ensembles and methods of working are detailed in the individual volumes, but his working notes for this set are most revelatory as well. This is a fine addition to the Film Works library, and also provides the very best introduction possible.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
She Must Be Seeing Things, film score
1 1:05
White and Lazy, film score
2 2:00
Cynical Hysterie Hour, film score
3 1:17
4 0:57
5 1:31
6 1:11
The Golden Boat, film score
7 3:30
Weiden and Kennedy Nike Spot, film score
8 0:16
9 0:30
Looters (Trespass), film score
10 3:59
Hollywood Hotel, film score
11 1:36
Weiden and Kennedy Commercial Spot, film score
12 0:43
Rose Hobart, film score
13 9:01
Tears of Ecstasy, film score
14 1:06
Mechanics of the Brain, film score
15 1:53
Anton, Mailman, film score
16 3:09
Latin Boys Go to Hell, film score
17 2:28
Port of Last Resort, film score
18 2:38
Trembling Before G-d, film score
19 2:26
In the Mirror of Maya Deren, film score
20 5:51
Secret Lives: hidden children and their rescuers during WW II, film score
21 2:09
Homecoming: Celebrating 20 Years of Dance at PS 122, film score
22 1:36
23 3:53
Shaolin Ulysses, film score
24 3:02
Invitation to a Suicide, film score
25 4:38
Hiding and Seeking, film score
26 4:57
Protocols of Zion, film score
27 4:29
Workingman's Death, film score
28 4:01
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