Seuil Optique - Sycomores
Seuil Optique - Sycomores
Founded in 2013 and based in Rome, Italy, SONOR Music Editions is a record label specialized in archival music for films, radio and television. From rare and obscure Pop, Jazz, Cinematic Lounge, Funk, Easy Listening to underground Psychedelic and Progressive music, spaced cosmic sounds, and all that golden Italian vibes hailing from 1970s & 80s Library and Soundtrack music production.
Calamo kicks off in dramatic fashion: insistent piano, fuzzy electric organ, and a crescendo of strings set the tone for this original soundtrack to the homonymous 1976 erotic thriller. The film tells the story of Riccardo, a young man who is about to become a priest, only to realize that he is infatuated with his stepsister. After finding out that she is engaged to be married, he joins a hippie community and starts experimenting with sex and psychedelic drugs, until he is attacked by a gang of neo-Nazis.
It’s an odd storyline for sure, but one that’s typical of the genre. Its soundtrack closely reflects the story: the organ and male choir in “The Priest” convey the religiosity of the seminary, while the addition of distant bells and fuzzy guitar riffs recreate the psychedelia of Riccardo’s drug-induced trance. The record has an underlying ominous, spooky vibe throughout, foretelling the movie’s violent end.
Distrust - if only dawn could be so peaceful [Audio]
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There’s a track in Hans Zimmer’s Gladiator soundtrack that reminds me soo much of Romance from Prokofiev’s Lt. Kijé suite…
this was going to be a quick little video, and then I found the whole of the 1934 movie and it’s a blast and full of memes, pls watch and I will share them with you.
RIP Maestro Morricone
First higlights with the Italian “spaghetti western films of sergio Leone in the 1960s
Armin Basha - heart era [Audio]
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Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)’s haunting opening theme to the 1972 Italian Giallo mystery, “What Have You Done to Solange?”
“Ennio Morricone, OMRI (Italian: [ˈɛnnjo morriˈkoːne]; 10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020) was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films, all Sergio Leone’s films since A Fistful of Dollars, all Giuseppe Tornatore’s films since Cinema Paradiso, The Battle of Algiers, Dario Argento’s Animal Trilogy, 1900, Exorcist II, Days of Heaven, several major films in French cinema, in particular the comedy trilogy La Cage aux Folles I, II, III and Le Professionnel, as well as The Thing, Once Upon A Time In America, The Mission, The Untouchables, Mission to Mars, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire, Bulworth, Ripley’s Game and The Hateful Eight.After playing the trumpet in jazz bands in the 1940s, he became a studio arranger for RCA Victor and in 1955 started ghost writing for film and theatre. Throughout his career, he composed music for artists such as Paul Anka, Mina, Milva, Zucchero and Andrea Bocelli. From 1960 to 1975, Morricone gained international fame for composing music for Westerns and—with an estimated 10 million copies sold—Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the best-selling scores worldwide. From 1966 to 1980, he was a main member of Il Gruppo, one of the first experimental composers collectives, and in 1969 he co-founded Forum Music Village, a prestigious recording studio. From the 1970s, Morricone excelled in Hollywood, composing for prolific American directors such as Don Siegel, Mike Nichols, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Warren Beatty, John Carpenter and Quentin Tarantino. In 1977, he composed the official theme for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He continued to compose music for European productions, such as Marco Polo, La piovra, Nostromo, Fateless, Karol and En mai, fais ce qu'il te plait. Morricone’s music has been reused in television series, including The Simpsons and The Sopranos, and in many films, including Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. He also scored seven Westerns for Sergio Corbucci, Duccio Tessari’s Ringo duology and Sergio Sollima’s The Big Gundown and Face to Face. Morricone worked extensively for other film genres with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Mauro Bolognini, Giuliano Montaldo, Roland Joffé, Roman Polanski and Henri Verneuil. His acclaimed soundtrack for The Mission (1986) was certified gold in the United States. The album Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone stayed 105 weeks on the Billboard Top Classical Albums.Morricone’s best-known compositions include “The Ecstasy of Gold”, “Se Telefonando”, “Man with a Harmonica”, “Here’s to You”, the UK No. 2 single “Chi Mai”, “Gabriel’s Oboe” and “E Più Ti Penso”. In 1971, he received a “Targa d'Oro” for worldwide sales of 22 million, and by 2016 Morricone had sold over 70 million records worldwide. In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.” He was nominated for a further six Oscars. In 2016, Morricone received his first competitive Academy Award for his score to Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight, at the time becoming the oldest person ever to win a competitive Oscar. His other achievements include three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, ten David di Donatello, eleven Nastro d'Argento, two European Film Awards, the Golden Lion Honorary Award and the Polar Music Prize in 2010. Morricone has influenced many artists from film scoring to other styles and genres, including Hans Zimmer,Danger Mouse,Dire Straits,Muse,Metallica, and Radiohead.”
“What Have You Done to Solange? (Italian: Cosa avete fatto a Solange?) is a 1972 giallo film directed by Massimo Dallamano, and starring Fabio Testi, Karin Baal, Joachim Fuchsberger, Cristina Galbó, and Camille Keaton. The plot follows a series of violent murders occurring at a Catholic girls’ school in England where a young student has gone missing.The film is a co-production between Italian production companies Italian International Films S.r.l., Clodio Cinematografica and West German company Rialto Film.”
Ennio Morricone, it was announced today (06-07-2020), has died in his hometown of Rome at the age of 91.
He was one of, if not, the greatest film composers of all time. In his illustrious 70 year career he’s scored just more than 500 films.
Known by Italians simply as “The Marstro”, he will surely be missed by filmmakers and filmgoers alike.
Some words of my own: Morricone has scored some of my favourite films of all time from Cinema Paradiso to The Thing. He was a wonderful man full of love and emotion and wanted only to share that with the world. He was able to create emotions in you that you had never felt before but understand instinctively. He had such need to create he was still working up until his death. Never failing to conquer his fears of growing older by winning an oscar in 2016 at 87! His only oscar award for one of his specific projects. He’s an inspiration to me and so many more. He shall never be forgotten by time and I implore you just today, if you can. Think of a feeling. You don’t know what is but you want to find out more. You’re curious, what does it mean. Now listen to a Morricone score and find the answer.
In memory of Ennio Morricone (10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020)
RIP Maestro Morricone