Filmworks VI: 1996

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Filmworks VI: 1996
Soundtrack album by John Zorn
Released 1996
Recorded March 1 & 31, July 15, 1996
Genre avant-garde, jazz, classical
Length 75:49
Label Tzadik
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
Filmworks V: Tears of Ecstasy
(1996)
Filmworks VI: 1996
(1996)
New Traditions in East Asian Bar Bands
(1997)
Filmworks chronology
Filmworks V: Tears of Ecstasy
(1996)
Filmworks VI: 1996
(1996)
Filmworks VII: Cynical Hysterie Hour
(1997, originally 1990)

Filmworks VI: 1996 features three scores for film by John Zorn. The album was released on Zorn's own label, Tzadik Records, in 1996.[1] It features the music that Zorn wrote and recorded for Anton, Mailman (1996), a short film directed by Dina Waxman that was never completed due to loss of funding in its final stages, Mechanics of the Brain (1996) directed by Henry Hills and The Black Glove (1996), which was directed by, and starred, Maria Beatty.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Stacia Proefrock awarded the album 3 stars noting that "The three scores differed as much as the films for which they were intended. The tracks for Anton, Mailman are upbeat, swingy tunes that sound like they belong behind singing cowboys. The sections for the Henry Hills film are short, sharp, occasionally atmospheric, and definitely darker. And, perhaps most interestingly, instead of revisiting tired, old dungeon themes, the score for The Black Glove stepped even further into the realm of atmosphere by staying within only three sound reproductions: fire, water, and wind. The result is a soundtrack that evokes fear, discomfort, rest, and creepiness without rehashing the clichés of yore".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

Anton, Mailman (1996, directed by Dina Waxman):
1/ Opening Credits/Hawaiian Postcard - 2:57
2/ Work-A-Day World (Anton's Theme) - 3:31
3/ Seductress - 4:18
4/ End Titles - 3:09

  • Recorded at Baby Monster Studio, New York City on July 15, 1996

Mechanics Of The Brain (1996, directed by Henry Hills):
5/ Fireworks - 1:52
6/ Surgery Montage - 1:47
7/ Brain Scan - 1:05
8/ Witches' Cauldron - 3:47
9/ Houdini - 3:12
10/ Subliminal Perceptions - 1:45
11/ Measuring - 1:34
12/ MacBeth - 3:05
13/ Pendulum - 2:05
14/ Mechanics Of The Brain - 1:58

  • Recorded at Shelley Palmer Studio, New York City on March 1, 1996

The Black Glove (1996, directed by Maria Beatty):
15/ Part One (Hot) - 19:47
16/ Part Two (Cold) - 7:44

  • Recorded at Shelley Palmer Studio, New York City on March 31, 1996
All compositions by John Zorn
  • Produced by John Zorn

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Proefrock, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 26, 2011.