Middle of the Moment (soundtrack)

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Middle of the Moment
Soundtrack album by Fred Frith
Released 1995 (1995)
Recorded Early 1990s, North Africa and Europe
Length 60:40
Label RecRec (Switzerland)
Producer Fred Frith
Fred Frith chronology
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AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Middle of the Moment is a soundtrack by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith, of the 1995 documentary film, Middle of the Moment by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel.

The film was made over a period of three years in the early 1990s, following the tuareg in North Africa and an avant garde circus troupe, Cirque O in Europe. The music comprises Frith compositions and sound collages drawn from field recordings of ambient sounds, conversations and indigenous music.

Frith describes how he created the soundtrack:[2]

I 'travelled' through this material, formed my impressions, and created a 'sound-movie' from them, using a process analogous to that of editing a film. [...] My idea is more to create a parallel narrative, free to draw on music that wasn't in the film but was part of the process of making it.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Le Jour Se Leve" (Frith) – 6:26
  2. "Moving" (Frith) – 3:55
  3. "Digging For Water" (Frith) – 2:34
  4. "Portrait I" / "Tam-Tam in Timia" (Frith) – 3:28
  5. "Le Cirque" (Frith) – 7:10
  6. "Robert Lax Is" (Frith) – 0:58
  7. "Gnawa Express Tanger" (Frith) – 3:01
  8. "Bell Song" (Frith) – 2:37
  9. "Portrait II" (Frith) – 1:44
  10. "Ghost Stories" (Frith) – 6:50
  11. "Portes Ouvertes" (Frith) – 3:43
  12. "Le Cirque-Oh!" / "Ghost Dance" / "Portrait III" (Frith) – 10:43
  13. "Le Jour S'Arrache" (Frith) – 2:59
  14. "Middle of the Moment (title theme)" (Frith) – 4:32



  • Idaman walat Akhmudan – voice
  • Tshanak ag Abalbal – voice
  • women from the Kel Iforas tribe – vocals, drumming

Cirque O[edit]

  • Josefina Lehmann – violin
  • Johann le Guillerm – accordion, voice
  • Bertrand Duva – Tibetan rattles
  • Attila Zombori – drums, percussion, guimbarde




  1. ^ Olewnick, Brian. "Middle of the Moment". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Middle of the Moment". ReR USA. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 

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