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Crime and Dissonance

“In Crime and Dissonance, Mike Patton has pulled together a rare collection of Morricone tracks that reflect his connection to the Maestro via a shared passion and commitment to the extreme and the experimental. Psychedelic Sitars, heavy breathing, screams, screeches, electric guitar feedback... much of Morricone's language here keenly intersects with the abstract metal soundscapes of Patton's own music giving us fresh insights into their deeply powerful and uncompromising aesthetics. Both artists have straddled the pop and experimental worlds throughout their careers, creating a body of work that is honest, authentic, meticulously crafted, imaginative and cathartic. Both artists have also suffered from a measure of misunderstanding. But the music lives on. Like all great music the bizarre miniatures that comprise this remarkable set are still as fresh as the day they were recorded (some thirty to forty years ago) and now through the generosity and vision of a youthful and committed contemporary music master, they reach a new generation of ears to inspire even newer vistas of creativity. It is the responsibility of the few to carry the torch of truth and integrity through the dark ages we find ourselves in and this heroic set of soundtrack rarities shows us that the spirit of freedom is, has been and always will be alive and well. One only has to look for it.”

- John Zorn NYC 2005

Ennio Morricone is arguably the most prolific film composer of the modern era, having scored in excess of five hundred films since the mid-20th century. Having worked with the greatest directors of our generation (including Martin Scorsese, Sergio Leone, Roman Polanski and Quentin Tarantino), Morricone’s most widely recognized contribution to film scores is to the Spaghetti Western genre that director Sergio Leone brought to mainstream audiences starting in the 1960’s. With Morricone’s astute insight into music’s emotional impact on an audience, Leone was able to make A Fistful of Dollars a total sensory experience that wowed international audiences and popularized the new genre.

To singularly align Morricone with one style of music however would be to overlook a tremendous body of work that spans nearly every predefined genre, and some styles that people have yet to pinpoint as a genre. His impact on film goers and music fans has been so wide and his musical compositions so ingrained in the general populous’ psyche it would be a difficult job to say exactly how many artists were touched by his innovations.

Few musicians have been as inspired by Morricone’s body of work as John Zorn and Mike Patton. With Crime and Dissonance, Patton’s own Ipecac Recordings present thirty songs over a two-disc set that highlights Morricone’s works from the late sixties through the mid-70’s. The selections were hand picked by Alan Bishop, chosen for their rarity and musicianship with liner notes by John Zorn.

The songs:

Disc 1

  1. Giorno Di Notte Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna) 1971
  2. Astratto 3 (From the film Veruschka [Poesia Di Una Donna]) 1971
  3. Corsa Sui Tetti Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film L’Uccello Con Le Piume Di Cristallo) 1969
  4. Ric Happening Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film Metti Una, Sera A Cena) 1969
  5. Memento (From the film L’Istruttoria E’ Chiusa: Dimentichi) 1971
  6. Ricreazione Divertita Conducted by Bruno Nicolai (From the film Cuore Di Mamma) 1969
  7. Studio Di Colore Conducted by Bruno Nicolai (From the film L’Assoluto Naturale) 1970
  8. Forza G (Quella Donna) Conducted by Bruno Nicolai (From the film Forza G) 1972
  9. Placcaggio Conducted by Bruno Nicolai (From the film Il Gatto A Nove Code) 1971
  10. Seguita Performed by Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. (From the film Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura) 1971
  11. Postludio Alla Terza Moglie Conducted by Franco Tamponi (From the film Barbablu’) 1972
  12. L’Uccello Con Le Piume Di Cristallo (Titoli) Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film L’Uccello Con Le Piume Di Cristallo) 1969
  13. Il Buio Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film L’Anticristo) 1974
  14. Rapimento In Campo Aperto Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film La Moglie Piu’ Bella) 1970
  15. Le Fotografie (From the film Veruschka [Poesia Di Una Donna]) 1971
  16. Spiriti Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film Una Lucertola, Con La Pelle Di Donna) 1971
  17. Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film Cuore Di Mamma) 1969
  18. Astrazione Con Ritmo (From the film Il Serpente) 1973

Disc 2
  1. Trafelato (From the film Giornata Nera Per L’Ariete) 1971
  2. Sensi (From the film Un Bellissimo Novembre) 1969
  3. Gli Intoccabili (Titoli) Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film Gli Intoccabili) 1968
  4. Fondate Paure Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna) 1971
  5. L’Attentato (alternate version 1) Conducted by Nicola Samale. (From the film L’Attentato) 1972
  6. Fumeria D’Oppio Conducted by Franco Tamponi (From the film La Storia Vera Della Signora Dalle Camelie) 1981
  7. 1970 Conducted by Bruno Nicolai. (From the film Il Gatto A Nove Code) 1971
  8. Esplicitamente Sospeso (From the film Il Serpente) 1973
  9. Sequenza 10 (From the film Sesso In Confessionale) 1974
  10. Paura E Aggressione (short version) (From the film Giornata Nera Per L’Ariete) 1971
  11. Folle Folle Performed by Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. (From the film Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura) 1971
  12. Un Uomo Da Rispettare (Titoli) Conducted by Nicola Samale. (From the film Un Uomo Da Rispettare) 1973

All selections composed by Ennio Morricone except: “Memento” (from the film L’Istruttoria E’ Chiusa: Dimentichi) by Ennio Morricone with the collaboration of Walter Branchi for the electronic music; “Seguita” (from the film Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura) by Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza; “Il Buio” (from the film L’Anticristo) by Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai; “Folle Folle” (from the film Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura) by Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

Produced by Filippo Salvadori
Compiled by Alan Bishop
Associate Producers Mike Patton & Greg Werckman

Release date: November 29th, 2005

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