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Monday, June 28, 2010

Chicago Movie Music

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  • Scrappers
Yesterday afternoon I caught the world premiere of Scrappers, a locally made documentary about Chicago scrap-metal scavengers that screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of the Chicago Underground Film Festival. I direct you to Cliff Doerksen’s review in this week’s paper; I also enjoyed the film quite a bit, though I found it a bit too long. I especially liked the gorgeous score by percussionist Frank Rosaly, which is beautifully integrated into the sound mix. The music includes experimental solo percussion and electronics—occasionally blended with clanging, metallic sounds recorded at the scrap yards where the filmmakers did some of their shooting—as well as ruminative, lyrical quintet pieces performed by Rosaly with vibist Jason Adasiewicz, clarinetists Keefe Jackson and Jason Stein, and bassist Jason Roebke. Scrappers will screen again a 8 PM this Thursday at the Siskel.

I’ve yet to see Sweetgrass, another verite documentary—this one about Montana shepherds—reviewed positively by Doerksen this week, but it’s on my to-do list; it’s showing at the Music Box every evening at 5:20 and 7:30 PM at least through Thursday. The soundtrack was designed by Ernst Karel, a former Chicagoan and improviser perhaps best known locally for his work with Kyle Bruckmann in EKG. According to one of the film’s directors, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, “[Karel] designed this incredibly complicated, orchestrated soundscape, which he essentially composed out of all the different tracks that we’d recorded for the film, and then came up with a surround-sound mix.”

Today’s playlist:

Richard Youngs, Under Stellar Stream (Jagjaguwar)
Cravo & Canela, Preço de Cada Um (Production Dessinee)
Komeda Quintet, Astigmatic (Polskie Nagrania)
Baby Dee, A Book of Songs for Anne Marie (Drag City)
Various artists, South India: Flowers and Ashes, Hymns to Shiva (Ocora)

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