Motion (The Cinematic Orchestra album)

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CinematicOrchestra Motion albumcover.jpg
Studio album by The Cinematic Orchestra
Released 27 September 1999
Genre Electronica, downtempo, trip hop
Length 51:09
Label Ninja Tune
ZEN45 (LP)
ZENCD45X (Japan CD)
The Cinematic Orchestra chronology
Remixes 1998-2000
(2000)Remixes 1998-20002000

Motion is the debut LP by The Cinematic Orchestra, released on 27 September 1999 on Ninja Tune. The album's concept came from core band member, Jason Swinscoe, who had amassed various samples - drum patterns, basslines and melody samples - that had inspired and influenced him. He then presented them to a group of musicians to learn and then improvise around. The resulting draft tracks were then re-mixed on computer by Swinscoe to create the finished album.[1]

Critical reaction[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[2]

Stanton Swihart, writing for Allmusic, stated:

Additionally, the album's success led to the band being asked to perform at the 1999 Director's Guild Awards ceremony for the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to film director Stanley Kubrick.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and produced by Jason Swinscoe, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Durian" (written and produced by Jason Swinscoe and Eva Katzenmaier) 7:00
2. "Ode to the Big Sea" 5:42
3. "Night of the Iguana" 13:21
4. "Channel 1 Suite" 5:50
5. "BlueBirds" 5:06
6. "And Relax!" 4:55
7. "Diabolus" 9:15
8. "Channel 1 Suite (Hefner mix)" (Japanese version bonus track) 4:41
9. "Ode To The Big Sea (Four Tet mix)" (Japanese version bonus track) 7:30


  • Jason Swinscoe - producer
  • Tom Chant - soprano sax, alto sax, acoustic piano, electric piano
  • Jamie Coleman - flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Phil France - acoustic bass, electric bass
  • T. Daniel Howard - drums
  • Eva Katzenmaier - producer
  • Alex James – acoustic piano, electric piano (Now music teacher at Rochester Independent College)
  • Saidi Kanba - percussions


  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Joshua Ostroff (June 2002). "The Cinematic Orchestra...Score!". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 

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