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Animation - Machine Language (2015)

25-12-2015, 02:45

Title: Machine Language
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Rare Noise Records [RNR055]
Genre: Jazz / Fusion / Jazz Rock / Jazz Funk
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log) | Mp3
Total Time: 58:57
Total Size: 424 MB | 192 MB (Scans)

Editorial Reviews:
2015 release by the Grammy-winning saxophonist, arranger, composer, bandleader and producer Tragically, this was Bob Belden's last recording he died of a massive heart attack on May 20 at age 58, just weeks before the final mastering of this chilling opus. But the concept had been long set in place for this recording with his band Animation, featuring guest bassist Bill Laswell. To help Belden realize his futuristic 2001: A Space Odyssey-inspired vision for Machine Language, he enlisted vocalist Kurt Elling as narrator for this cyberpunk opera. "My own memory of any conversations regarding the piece is that there was minimal discussion before making the voice over," said Elling, who had previously appeared on Belden's 1996 project, Shades of Blue. "The only real direction I received was to 'sound like a sad, well-spoken computer.' I did the actual recording by myself at a studio in St Louis, with Belden occasionally commenting via ISDN. I did a cold read once down, without music, and expected Bob to make whatever edits and adjustments he wanted. I was in and out of the studio in an hour." Belden's text for Elling reads like an excerpt from Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which later became the literary source for the 1982 Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner. And the darkly foreboding music, performed by Pete Claggett on muted trumpet, Roberto Verastegui on electric keyboard, Matt Young on drums, Belden on soprano sax and Laswell on electric bass guitar, takes part of its inspiration from Miles Davis' 32-minute ambient requiem for the recently-deceased Duke Ellington, "He Loved Him Madly" (from 1974's Get Up With It).


01 - A Child's Dream
02 - Machine Language
03 - Eternality
04 - Consistent Imperfection
05 - Soul Of A Machine
06 - Genesis Code
07 - Evolved Virtual Entity
08 - Disappear Annihilation
09 - The Evolution Of Machine Culture
10 - Dark Matter
11 - Techno Melancolia
12 - A Machine's Dream

Bob Belden - soprano sax and electric alto flute
Pete Clagett - electric trumpet
Bill Laswell - electric bass
Roberto Verastegui - synthesizers
Matt Young - drums
Kurt Elling - narrator

Animation - Machine Language (2015)

Animation - Machine Language (2015)

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