Title - 'Cliff Martinez-Film Festival Gent’
Artist - The Brussels Philharmonic
Containing orchestral versions of Cliff Martinez’s film themes as performed by The Brussels Philharmonic this past October as part of the Film Festival gent and World Soundtrack Awards concert, Cliff Martinez-Film Festival Gent is just one of those CDs you put on - and seemingly never wish to take off.
Since the beauty of Martinez’s music often lies in its stylized simplicity, for Cliff Martinez-Film Festival Gent these newly-orchestrated versions had to highlight his subtle, transparent and yet rich musical worlds of sound that he has always been known for.
Conductor Dirk Brosse orchestrated the recording and most definitely had to walk a thin line between symphonic and electronic music, complexity and transparency, rhythm and calm when it came to this recording. Martinez as born in the Bronx, but raised in Ohio. He later moved to California in 1976 landing in the middle of the punk movement, of all things. He subsequently drummed for the Weirdos, Lydia Lunch and Foetus front man Jim Thirlwell, not to mention the final incarnation of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.
Cliff Martinez-Film Festival Gent is a 16-track, stunning beautiful recording from The Brussels Philharmonic with the treatment to the scores being left in the hands of conductor Bosse a masterstroke at its finest. Martinez’s tonal palate has varied throughout his career - Pump Up The Volume, The Limey, Wicker Park, Drive, etc. - but here on Cliff Martinez-Film Festival Gent it’s the spare, simple and expressive sounds that crave the listeners ear; in a way, perhaps, never quite heard before.