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- Main Title/Infinite Space [7:17]
- The Cell [5:49]
- Cellular Blur [4:31]
- Descent [5:03]
- Transitional Pathway [5:25]
- Amalgamated Man [8:02]
- The Harrow [7:26]
- Disintegration [3:48]
- End Titles [4:58]
- Zoetrope Trailer V.3 [3:28]
Also including Zoetrope trailer video playable on Mac & PC.
Note that to achieve the best sound quality possible this album was mixed using 24 BIT digital technology and additionally mastered using 32 BIT technology. The result is truly amazing for the Compact Disc format and is close to DVD Audio and SACD sound quality standards, and is of true reference quality!
I first listened to this latest piece of work by Brian Williams late at night, after I had just been wandering at a abandoned factory area in Eastern Germany. That really put me in the right mood for this music. It stimulated my fantasy to think of what scenes would be happening behind these deserted factory walls at night...
That this cd has filmic qualities is not so strange, because it is in fact a soundscape. Lustmord has contributed music to movies before, this time he created the soundtrack for the black & white movie "Zoetrope", directed by Charlie Deaux. 'Inspired by the Franz Kafka short story In the Penal Colony, Zoetrope presents the haunting examination of a man imprisoned in the inner depths of his own mind, only to discover the truth about himself and the world of oppression which has driven him to his inescapable fate.'
The trailer, which can be found on the cd as an extra, really is promising and frightening. A lot of industrial machinery, long shadows, weird estranging scenes...
This album is much darker than the previous Lustmord album "Metavoid". There are no beats or melodies, just ominous soundscapes, with dark drones and strange samples that give you an uneasy feel. Although the album consists of separate tracks, it seems to be a continuous dark flow, with not too much variation in style or mood. The album is one long oppressive stream of dark sounds, which creates a feeling of paranoia. If you are in the right mood, this can be a perfect soundtrack to accompany your imagination. But you may get bad dreams...
Lets start with track one "Infinite Space". Extremely atmospheric, sounds of wind and sounds of that chanting from the monolith scene from 2001 "A Space Odyssey". This metallic sound comes in sounding like a futuristic blade cutting through the atmosphere. All this mixed with sounds of bombs going off and that pool table reverb sound from "Stalker" (An earlier Lustmord work in collaboration with the well respected Robert Rich). The pallet is one of completely black backgrounds. "Zoetrope" is definitely more than "just music". It's an experience. The level of trance that get inflicted upon the listener is like no other.
This album is extremely heavy in the low frequencies. Track two starts off with some sound of a door opening and then shut. But this door is 500 feet tall and 10 feet thick made of steel. And believe me you can feel this door shutting. The sounds of dripping water and demonic whispers engulf the listener into a psychotic state. The rumbling of some kind of craft is projected within this track. The cd comes in a beautiful digipak which shows scenes from the film "Zoetrope". Also included is the Zoetrope trailer in a digital video file playable with both the PC and Mac platforms. The album is complete madness. I can't explain the feeling into words.
Track 3 "Cellular Blur" opens up with this low frequency sweep and the sound of another kind of craft. This time it sounds like a smaller craft (I haven't seen the film yet, and don't know what its about, therefore I am just explaining how it sounds to me). There is a bomb or some kind of gunshot that goes off and this then brings the listener to another soundscape within the track. On the back of the cd it states that the project was done in 24 bit through the mixing and mastering process. It definitely sounds better than previous Lustmord material, even Metavoid.
The fourth and final track I will talk about is "Descent". This piece sounds like its title. It is utterly dark and atmospheric, with grinding loops and sounds of some breathing moving quickly to an staggering ambient drone. Explosions and metallic sound sculptures are present here as well.
There are also six more tracks on the album and they are all brilliant masterpieces of sound. I can only wish to see this film to absorb what kind of brilliant minds have created such works of art. This is all I am going to say about this album.
You have to get this if you are a Lustmord fan, and most of you probably have this album already. The level of fear and astonishment one gets from this album is unmatched.
Lustmord is unique and rare in this world. It is extremely recommended, as is "Metavoid", "Stalker" and "The Place Where the Black Stars Hang".
I am listening to this Cd for the first time as I type this...dark ambient is used to describe much electronic music such as The Magnificent Void by Steve Roach and Beyond The Immobile Point by Max Corbacho. Much dark ambient may sound like the bottomless abyss or the depths of interstellar space but they carry the awesome beauty of these places.
Even Stalker - Lustmord and Robert Rich, described as dark and scary stuff is beautiful and relaxing.
Zoetrope is not any of this. It conveys absolute desolation that somehow takes a barren and infinite wilderness and fills it with the terror of isolation and pain. It reminds me of the planet in the Alien film leading up to the egg nursery. Dark, weird and claustrophobic. it reminds me of the film Eraserhead, bleak and industrial while creating mental nightmares. Eraserhead is at least surreal and 'funny'. This isn't....
I have yet to hear a single musical 'note'. There is lots of deep, deep rumblings, industrial hisses, buzzes and strange cacophonic conglomerations that almost become rhythms but lay under and distort the other noises. The noises and subrhythms shift and change, starting and stopping without warning. There is the sound of water dripping and the reverb seems to go on forever (a soundproof room would really suit this CD). The sounds are crafted in such a way that just as you 'get into' a bit of it (as the brain seems to like to do)they stop or change adding to the sense of disorientation. The only music appears at track nine which is the end title for the film.
I listened to this after watching the trailer on my computer. perhaps without seeing the trailer my imagination would have done something different but I found myself constantly trying to imagine how the sounds fitted the action in the film, what on earth (or any other place) was being done to the guy!!. My imagination ran riot and it wasn't pleasant.
It is not music for dinner parties or tapping toes to, it is hard to imaging anyone having a conversation with this music playing in the background. I rate this alongside Irrlicht by Klaus Schulze, Music that demands your attention - you'll either love it or hate it. I love it. Got to see the film.
Next day my grandson visited (aged 12) and he is often intrigued by the music I listen to. I put Zoetrope on and asked him what the music made him feel. For the first track he said "It makes me feel like I am flying through something, in a sort of dream" and for the second track "It sounds like being in prison and having something weird done to you". That follows the images of the trailer on the Cd very well (whirly thing flying across the screen and the guy in the cell), and I promise I did not show it to him...So the music creates the feelings that the images portray! That's an achievement!
2004. Andy / Wales