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BLACKSHAW, JAMES - Fantmas: Le Faux Magistrat

Format: do-LP
Label & Cat.Number: Tompkins Square TSQ 5029
Release Year: 2014
Note: ambitious 75 min. long soundtrack for the famous fifth "Fantomas" silent film by LOUIS FEUILLADE, performed live in Paris in October 2013; feat. diverse guest musicians as DUANE PITRE, SIMON SCOTT (SLOWDIVE) and others... lim. vinyl version in gatefold sleeve
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €30.00

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"In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade's Fantomas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Theatre de Chatelet, Paris on October 31, 2013. Fantomas -- a master of disguise and symbol of terror -- is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favorite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists. Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (which was broadcast live on the European ARTE channel) each bringing their own unique sonic perspective to the other installments. Written during the course of a few months, Blackshaw drew influences from French impressionist composers, Brazilian guitar music, musique concrete and the works of other film composers such as David Shire and Pino Donaggio, to create a noir-ish score that is in turns sinister, quietly profound and thrilling. Personally invited by James Blackshaw, experimental musician Duane Pitre and Simon Scott (also of Slowdive) contributed drums, electronics, synth, bowed guitar, bass and more to Blackshaw's nylon string guitar and grand piano, with multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson adding violin, vibraphone and several wind instruments to the 75-minute long work." [label info]