A IS FOR AMON TOBIN (PT2)

While the rest of us were out stockpiling food for the 2000 apocalypse, Amon was channeling all that into his third release ‘Supermodified’. The record was an experiment in sound. Marking the point where Amon become more and more obsessed with unheard but felt bass frequencies, and where he allowed a few collaborators into the mix (mainly Chris Morris of Brass Eye & Blue Jam fame, and Montreal beatboxer Quadraceptor). The record where the bossa-nova/jazz Amon Tobin was for the most part laid to rest and the dark/electronic/soundtrack Amon Tobin came into form. This is one of his finest albums and a ‘must buy’.

 

In 2002, Amon decided to relocate to Montreal and recorded ‘Out From Out Where’. This was the logical conclusion of what the previous records had hinted at. It was a cohesive record, but one with no obvious reference points. It just sounded like Amon Tobin but not quite as good.

 

In 2004, video game developers Ubisoft decided to approach Amon to compose all the music for the 3rd installment of their enormously popular Splinter Cell series. Seeing as he wasn’t able to get past the second level of Splinter Cell 1, he thought that making the soundtrack would clearly be an easier way to interact with this game. This was a chance for Amon to experiment with different ways of composing. Also, composing a proper soundtrack allowed him to be a little more progressively excessive, with the inclusion of extended string arrangements and over the top Hammond organ solos woven into his sounds. The game was released in March 05. An accompanying soundtrack on Ninja Tune was released soon after on CD/LP/ and 5.1 DVD-Audio. The surround element was pushed even further on the handful of live dates he did for this release. I was really nervous getting the album. Games and electronic musivc have an unholy history – and rarely with successful results. However, Amon seemed inspired by working in this way and delivered his best album yet.
At its release, he said
“The main difference, I supposed, is that the music has to adapt to what the player does. If I were making a record for myself, obviously I can choose when the chorus comes or when the breakdown is etcetera. Whereas this is a very fluid thing. If the character moves around in a different way to how he did 10-minutes ago, the music’s gonna change. And it can change at any time, so it was a very, very different approach to begin with.”
Amon Tobin – Four Ton Mantis (from Supermodified)
Amon Tobin – Golfer vrs Boxer (from Supermodified)
Amon Tobin – Back From Space (from Out From Out Where)
Amon Tobin – Ruthless (from Chaos Theory)
Amon Tobin – Ruthless reprise (from Chaos Theory)
Amon Tobin website
Amon Tobin MySpace

~ by acidted on March 26, 2008.

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