Music for a French Elevator and Other Short Format Oddities by the Books

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Music for a French Elevator and Other Short Format Oddities by the Books
Studio album by The Books
Released 2006
Recorded 2004
Genre Electronic, Folk
Length 15:08
Label Self-released
The Books chronology
Lost and Safe
(2005)
Music for a French Elevator
(2006)
The Way Out
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10)[1]

Music for a French Elevator and Other Short Format Oddities by The Books (often referred to as simply Music for a French Elevator) is a 2006 release by The Books. It is a compendium on mini CD of four pieces created for the "1%" art and sound installation in the Ministry of Culture in Paris, France in 2004. The pieces were created to be played in the elevator of the Ministry, giving the release its title. Following the initial four tracks (those designed for the elevator) are "several 'classic' spoken word tracks" taken from The Books' sample libraries.[2]

This release was distributed on tour in 2006 and is available from The Books online store.

The tracks on this limited are generally very short. The first four tracks (designed for the aforementioned French elevator) feature many samples of French language phrases. Track 12 ("Three Day Night") bears some resemblance to the track "If Not Now, Whenever" from The Books' previous album, Lost and Safe, and may be an early version of the track.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fralité" – 1:18
  2. "Egaberté" – 0:53
  3. "Liternité" – 1:21
  4. "It's Musiiiiic!" – 0:28
  5. "The Joy of Nature" – 0:47
  6. "Meditation Outtakes" – 1:03
  7. "A Long Villainous Sequence" – 0:35
  8. "Millions of Millions" – 2:04
  9. "Of the Word God" – 1:03
  10. "Ghost train Digest" – 2:38
  11. "You'll Never Be Alone" – 1:23
  12. "Three Day Night" – 1:01
  13. "Ah..., I See" – 0:20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richardson, Mark (March 19, 2006). "The Books: Music for a French Elevator". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  2. ^ The Books :: Garage