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Birdman or (the unexpected virtue of ignorance)
Sánchez, Antonio, 1971-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Milan, [2014]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Title from container.

Compact disc.
No linguistic content
Get ready -- Dirty walk -- Just chatting -- Waiting for what? -- Semi comfortable in 3 -- Strut part I -- Doors and distance -- Night chatter -- Almost human -- Schizo -- Internal war -- Kinda messy -- Strut part II -- Claustrophobia -- Fire trail -- The anxious battle for sanity -- Symphony no. 9 in D. Andante comodo / Mahler -- Symphony no 5, op. 64 in E minor. Andante cantabile / Tchaikovsky -- Ich Bin der Welt Abhanden Gekommen / Mahler -- Passacaille / Ravel -- Prologue : Chorus of exiled Palestinians / John Adams -- Symphony no. 2 in E minor, op. 27. Allegro molto / Rachmaninov.
Added Uniform Title:
Birdman (Motion picture)
Format :
Music CD


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Home Location
Central Library SNDTRACK .B618 BIR Compact Disc Central Library
Audubon Library SNDTRACK .B618 BIR Compact Disc Open Shelf
Anna M. Reinstein Library SNDTRACK .B618 BIR Compact Disc Audio Visual
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library SNDTRACK .B618 BIR Compact Disc Audio Visual
City of Tonawanda Library SNDTRACK .B618 BIR Compact Disc Branch Audiobook CD

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The soundtrack to the 2014 Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed black comedy Birdman features an innovative, percussion-based score from Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez. Also included on the soundtrack are various classical pieces used in the film including compositions by Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Rachmaninov. While Sanchez is primarily known as a jazz musician, he took a more free-form, avant-garde approach for Birdman. Rather than composing pieces for the film, at Iñárritu's request, Sanchez improvised to a rough cut of the film and then re-recorded his improvisations yet again once the film was completed. Hoping to match the gritty, live aesthetic of the film, Sanchez altered his traditional percussion set-up, employing instead the use of different drum heads modified at times with tape to deaden the sound and even attached items to his cymbals to achieve a less pristine, more broken quality. Iñárritu even went so far as to have percussionist (and Sanchez' friend) Nate Smith appear in the film playing along to Sanchez' soundtrack, which was recorded to sound like it was being played in the actual scene. The result is a highly creative, sonically varied soundtrack that matches the quirky, conceptual nature and dramatic tension of Iñárritu's film. ~ Matt Collar

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