John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

“A Pure Place Feat. Shackleton (o.s.t)”

COUNTER023 scanZoom inLabelCounterchange Recordings
Cat. No.COUNTER023
FormatEXCLS-LP
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Review

Genre: Electronic / Soundtrack (O.S.T) Vinyl tracklist: A1 Ritual Bells A2 The Island A3 Fust’s Song A4 Erotica A5 Purification A6 A Glimpse of the Other Side B1 Fust’s Song (Shackleton’s Orignal Version) B2 Athens B3 Small Doses B4 Holy Soap B5 Irinia Takes Over B6 Gatoula Mou Mikri (feat. Maroulita del Kol) Short Info: The original Soundtrack to Greek-German director Nikias Chrssos’ new feature, ‘A Pure Place’, scored by John Gürtler (Eigenlicht, COUNTER019), with his studio partner Jan Miserre, and featuring a track by chameleonic British artist Shackleton. Full Info: The script for A Pure Place had a dizzying effect on John Gürtler & Jan Miserre; their minds reeling with the possibilities. From Persian sheep bells, Chinese sheng, prepared trombone, quarter-tone piano, a beaten-up cembalo, hand percussion, and a room full of synthesizers, embryonic compositions and experiments came to life early on in the project. An electro-acoustic extravaganza, the soundtrack for A Pure Place takes a deep bow towards the many magnificent composers and scores from the late 60s and 70s where orchestral arrangements met with tape loops, psychedelia, and instruments from across the globe. Listening to that era of film music, anything seems possible. The minimalist tones of ‘Ritual Bells’ set the dial to weird in the opening sequence of the movie, whilst ‘The Island’ makes use of ambient vocals recorded through an oil drum, gently introducing one of the score’s main themes with a distant quarter-tone cembalo. Acclaimed British artist Shackleton’s eerie original version of ‘Fust’s Song’ (also included) was a tonal keystone for the entire soundtrack. Gürtler and Miserre translated his psychedelic electronic blueprint, layering acoustic instruments and bottom-heavy percussion in their ‘Paradox Paradise’ production style. The vocals, written by Chryssos, and sung by the cast on set, capture the sonics of the actual crypt-like space wher

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