Movie themes remixed
by techno artists
****1/2 (out of five stars)
Daily Cougar Staff
Everyone remembers the old tune from The
Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but not many remember the name of the man who
brought us decades of enjoyable movie
Ennio Morricone has been called the century's
most influential composer of film music.
The award-winning composer holds a portfolio
consisting of over 400 pieces of film music, with styles varying from classic
works to music for "spaghetti westerns" and pop
To reintroduce the popular music to a new
generation, a few DJs got together and breathed life back into Morricone's
tunes with the help of modern technology through
programming and keyboards.
For the first time ever, Morricone authorized
remixes of his work to an international billing of remix artists, including
the Fantastic Plastic Machine from Japan and Vienna's
own Sofa Surfers.
The opening track on Morricone RMX is "The
Man With the Harmonica," remixed by Apollo Four Forty.
The song integrates old Western flair with
techno beats and a prominent bass line, creating a clever take on an old
This track features electronic effects
and an energy that makes it a great opener for the album.
Most of the tracks on Morricone RMX are
instrumental, with the exception of "Here's to You," remixed by Copasetic
Con Vivi E Selda from Germany, and Ali N Askin's
Turkish spin on "Un Bacio."
"Here's to You" is one of the best remixes
on the album, with samples ranging from rhythmic bird caws to drum loops.
The lyrics are sung in a mixture of French and English,
giving the piece an exotic touch.
The best dance song on the album is unquestionably
"Belinda May," remixed by Fantastic Plastic Machine.
This song features a chorus backed by a
strong Latin beat, with keyboards and drum loops creating a brilliant atmosphere
full of joi de vivre.
The true versatility of Morricone's music
is fully conveyed through the diversity of the music chosen for the album.
That diversity is best illustrated in the
contrast between "Belinda May" and "Giocoso, Giocoso," a Groove Corporation
The tranquil melody lingering throughout
the song is accompanied by a drum loop, resulting in a tranquil but not
Morricone RMX also includes two different
spins on the same song, "Clan of the Sicilians." Bigga Bush and DJ Dick
are both from Rockers HiFi, and both give an equally
entertaining perspective of the song.
Bigga Bush's version comes on strong, with
a bold Italian flavor in the melody, merging into a deep bass line. The
track comes to full bloom with a procession of trills,
synthesizer effects and groovin' drum
loops. Bush's re-orchestration of "Clan of the Sicilians" is definitely
the more upbeat of the two.
Unlike Bush's remix, DJ Dick's version
is more ambient, beginning with subtle notes from the synthesizer and gracefully
building melody upon melody. This track is the
longest song on Morricone RMX, ending
the album with a smooth, mellow vibe.
With its eclectic style, Morricone RMX
is undoubtedly a must-have for music aficionados looking for the perfect
fusion of tradition and innovation.