Wednsday, August 29, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 6


Movie themes remixed by techno artists

Various Artists
Morricone RMX
Reprise Records
****1/2 (out of five stars)

Kristin Buchanan
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 favorite.

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 remix.

The tranquil melody lingering throughout the song is accompanied by a drum loop, resulting in a tranquil but not sleep-inducing track.

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.

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