Mix CD: "Life: A Soundtrack"
- Click the cover to see a bigger copy.
- I Am Born (James Horner - Sharptooth and the Earthquake)
- Learning, Growing (Moondog - Symphonique #6)
- Playing (Alexandre Geindre - Lonesome Vice Magic Harvest)
- Waxing Passion (Cinematic Orchestra - The Awakening of a Woman)
- I Am The Shit (Joe Satriani - Seven String)
- I Fight the Good Fight (Firestorm - Conflict)
- Midlife Crisis (King Crimson - Dangerous Curves)
- Quiet Rebirth (Mehdi - Millenium Dance)
- I Am Reliving My Youth (Les Elgart - Bandstand Boogie)
- I Am Waning (Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung - Is This It?)
- Shadow of Death (Matt Uelmen - Mesa)
- Afterlife (Sigur Ros - Untitled 4)
I really love this mix. For the cover, I stole from 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Hubble Telescope. But I was very satisfied with the tracks I found to 'score' a human life (which, for this mix, would have to go through all stages of life in 60:17).
The opening of James Horner's 'Sharptooth and the Earthquake' (from The Land Before Time) sounds very much like angels singing to usher in a baby's birth, followed by a period of struggle and then relaxation.
Moondog's 'Symphonique #6' slowly builds on its playful, complicated melody and makes me think of a time-lapse shot of kids running back and forth in a classroom, working on kindergarten projects.
Geindre's 'Lonesome Vice Magic Harvest' is a delightful piece of acoustic & whistling fluff. It was used for a Geico commercial with dogs sticking their heads out car windows and their ears flapping in the wind.
The Cinematic Orchestra's track builds slowly for 6 minutes until it accelerates with a simple melody for the last 4 minutes. It makes me think of Air's 'Talisman' in the way it builds with such emotion it sometimes makes me cry.
Satch's 'Seven String' is a strutting piece of guitar magic with a confident central lick.
Firestorm's 'Conflict' sounds exactly like the score for every patriotic battle scene you've ever watched.
King Crimson's 'Dangerous Curves' builds slowly in nervous tension until it crashes into chaos at the climax.
Mehdi's 'Millenium Dance' starts out peaceful enough, but slowly builds in gentle, rhymic strength. I can see someone nursing themselves back to health after the long, tragic fight from the last track.
'Bandstand Boogie' is an energetic and memorable 40s swing track that defies you to remain still.
DAAU's 'Is This It' wanders quiety until the second half, which could have replaced GYBE's 'East Hastings' at the beginning of '28 Days Later' when Jim is searching the city for life. Very somber.
Matt Uelmen's 'Mesa' (for the Diablo II soundtrack) is a creepy, atmospheric song where you can hear the cries and spirits of the dead wanting to consume you.
I immediately think of some kind of peaceful, gorgeous, quiet heaven when I hear the opening to this song. Tranquilly beautiful. This is the only song on the mix with a distinct vocal track, but it's in Swedish, so it might as well be just another instrument for most of us.