Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle

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Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle
Studio album by The Olivia Tremor Control
Released 6 August 1996
Recorded 1993-1996
Genre Indie rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 1:14:05
Label Flydaddy Records,
Elephant 6
Producer Robert Schneider,
The Olivia Tremor Control,
The Elephant 6 Orchestra
The Olivia Tremor Control chronology
Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle
(1996)
Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream Sequences
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.1/10)[2]
PopMatters (positive)[3]
Sputnik Music 4/5 stars[4]

Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle (1996) is the first full length album released by The Olivia Tremor Control of The Elephant 6 Recording Company.

The first few thousand copies of the album were released with a bonus CD, Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream Sequences. It has been claimed that this album will produce quadraphonic sound when played at the same time as that disc. However, the two disks differ in length by approximately five minutes, rendering this an unlikely intention. The Flydaddy 017 release was reissued as a double album with Explanation II as the second disc. This bonus disc was later re-released as a full album by Flydaddy in 1999 but the most recent Cloud Recordings reissues do not include the extra disc.

It was ranked by the online magazine Pitchfork Media as the #39th best album of the 1990s.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Olivia Tremor Control

  1. "The Opera House" – 3:12
  2. "Frosted Ambassador" – 1:02
  3. "Jumping Fences" – 1:52
  4. "Define a Transparent Dream" – 2:49
  5. "No Growing (Exegesis)" – 3:00
  6. "Holiday Surprise 1, 2, 3" – 6:11
  7. "Courtyard" – 2:57
  8. "Memories of Jacqueline 1906" – 2:15
  9. "Tropical Bells" – 1:40
  10. "Can You Come Down with Us?" – 2:18
  11. "Marking Time" – 4:28
  12. "Green Typewriters" – 2:22
  13. "Green Typewriters" – :24
  14. "Green Typewriters" – :59
  15. "Green Typewriters" – 2:11
  16. "Green Typewriters" – 1:10
  17. "Green Typewriters" – :38
  18. "Green Typewriters" – 1:38
  19. "Green Typewriters" – 9:39
  20. "Green Typewriters" – 1:21
  21. "Green Typewriters" – 2:39
  22. "Spring Succeeds" – 2:25
  23. "Theme for a Very Delicious Grand Piano" – :57
  24. "I Can Smell the Leaves" – 1:50
  25. "Dusk at Cubist Castle" – 7:35
  26. "The Gravity Car" – 1:45
  27. "NYC-25" – 4:39

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Instrumentation and vocals by The Olivia Tremor Control:

with additional instrumentation by The Elephant 6 Orchestra:

  • Robert Schneider - Tibetan prayer board, bass, vocals, melodica
  • Jeff Mangum - chanter pipe, slide guitar, vocals, melodica, piano, and space bubbles
  • Julian Koster - bowed electric guitar, mallet struck acoustic guitar, and the singing saw
  • Steve Jacobek - trumpet
  • Rick Benjamin - trombone

Production[edit]

Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle was produced by The Olivia Tremor Control and The Elephant 6 Orchestra with Robert Schneider. The album was recorded between 1993 and 1996 on 4-track before further engineering and production by Schneider on 8-track. Album artwork and design was created by W. Cullen Hart and Bill Doss.

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