Lee Ranaldo - "Music for Stage and Screen", DSA
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Guitarist and Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo has done a number of theatre and film commissions over the years. "Music for Stage and Screen" is an audio result being culled from four such projects. Not to be confused with a solo project, the CD is actually a quintet [playing in various combinations on different tracks] made up of guitarist Alan Licht, turntablist Christian Marclay, percussionist / electronics whiz Gunter Muller, drummer William Hooker and, of course Lee Ranaldo on guitars. Lee admits himself that most of these sessions were not played in real-time, but were rather constructed in the studio after each of the players added their parts into the mix. Four productions in question here are three theatre commissions "I Demoni Demons", "Barbablu" and "American Magic" and one film project "Jealousy". What is bound to throw off some listeners is the inconsistency of the final placement of individual tracks. For some reason, all four projects were thrown into the mix and just stirred, rather clear delineation being done for individual sub-sections. In his usual fashion, Lee experiments on his guitar by playing it upright and using a drum stick or a bow or two. He keeps his solos to a minimum, but when he does solo, he keeps the variations interesting and fresh. William Hooker [whom Ranaldo has played extensively in the past] has a few shining moments in the sun, when his drum solos are blazing fires of ecstatic lava. Likewise with Marclay [in his usual creative mode] on turntables and Muller [in his usual ground-shattering mode] on electronics Ranaldo has chosen to use both sparingly and throws both men into the mix as he sees fit. Keeping in mind that all of this is theatre and film music, it's crucial for Ranaldo to create an absolutely fitting mood for the screen and stage. For some reason, the record presents a dark, ominous and overtly bleak mood, as the music just staggers from one place to the next, with little enthusiasm [how can you get excited if the productions for which the music was written for may have been dark to start with?]. This isn't a bad thing; it's just that you must be in a specific mood before you choose to play this record. As you're sitting in the depths of your weekly depression and want some company, you really couldn't ask for anything better than "Music for Stage and Screen". Satisfaction guaranteed!

Tom Sekowski


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