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#2960 - Fri, 19 May 2006 02:59:00 Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I thought we could post our reviews of TCM in a new thread, since the other one's getting a bit lengthy and consists mostly of us venting our frustration of not receiving it on time!!

Anyway, I've had it for a day and it's been spinning pretty much non-stop. I've posted my review over on the Rate Your Music website, but here it is for you to read here, and then post your own!

John Foxx - Tiny Colour Movies
Tiny Colour Movies is made up of 15 atmospheric electronic instrumentals, with each track representing a short film (or 'tiny colour movie'). This concept holds the whole album together and is fully explained through its wonderfully illustrated booklet.

The album opens with the warm and melodic 'Stray Sinatra Neurone'; a vibrant, floating track which instantly draws you in. Although each track is very different, the album does flow for me, though perhaps a little too well towards the end, as it's initially hard to distinguish where one track ends and the next begins. Very few of the tracks build up, and there is little rhythm and percussion.

The pieces vary in length, with the shortest, 'Interlude', lasting only 42 seconds, whilst the album's longest track, the excellent 'Kurfurstendamm' lasts over seven minutes. While there are often slight similarities to Foxx's Cathedral Oceans albums, Tiny Colour Movies is a very different sort of instrumental album - as a listener I was left yearning to actually watch the films on which the album is based around.

Tiny Colour Movies has to be played with the concept behind it firmly fixed in your mind. Close your eyes and drift away. Musically it is very visual with an overall dream-like quality. For me, the very best tracks are 'Kurfurstendamm', 'Stray Sinatra Neurone', the haunting 'Skyscraper', the mysterious' A Peripheral Character' and the beautiful ambient closing track, 'Hand-held Skies'.

Tiny Colour Movies is a fascinating and unusual collection of songs, yet so distinctly John Foxx. The album's running time of 47 minutes passes by in a flash as you get drawn deeper into the music.

Fans of Kraftwerk, Vangelis and Jean Michel-Jarre will indeed find Tiny Colour Movies a compelling and absorbing listen. This is John Foxx in full electronic flow, yet it is like no other album in his back catalogue. A modern electronic masterpiece.

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#2961 - Fri, 19 May 2006 07:40:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Quote:
Originally posted by Alex S:
I thought we could post our reviews of TCM in a new thread, since the other one's getting a bit lengthy and consists mostly of us venting our frustration of not receiving it on time!!

well, i think it´s lenghty because everything has been told. i still don´t have the album but if it goes on like this i´m not quite sure if i want a copy.
it´s more exciting if one doesn´t know too much about it.

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#2962 - Fri, 19 May 2006 16:10:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Well my review was supposed to excite, not put anybody off.
So I guess, don't read if you don't want spoilers!!

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#2963 - Fri, 19 May 2006 19:35:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Thank you Alex for your review. I thoroughtly enjoyed reading it.
Regards
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#2964 - Fri, 19 May 2006 20:26:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Raises the question of whether it's possible to have 'spoilers' result from an album review?

Traditionally I'm an abject loather of people who deliberately spoil a book, film or TV programme by revealing 'plot' points that are meant to be 'discovered' by the reader/viewer.

One would've thought that having a rough idea of the content of an album would be pretty much essential before purchase.

BTW: nice review Alex smile

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#2965 - Fri, 19 May 2006 20:35:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Well I thought the same, but Rena didn't, so I added 'spoilers' to the title, just in case my review or anybody else's, somehow spoils it for others!

Cheers! smile

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#2966 - Fri, 19 May 2006 21:39:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Fans of Kraftwerk, Vangelis and Jean Michel-Jarre will indeed find Tiny Colour Movies a compelling and absorbing listen.
I've never really heard any Jarre, and the only Vangelis I've heard that I like is the Blade Runner soundtrack, so I was thinking in slightly different terms when i listened to it for the first time last night. Kraftwerk, definitely. Vangelis? Actually, some tracks could work nicely in a Blade Runner context. The other artist I'd mention as a point of comparison would be Brian Eno, somewhere between Music for Films and his ambient music.

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This is John Foxx in full electronic flow, yet it is like no other album in his back catalogue.
I think there are hints of it in some Metamatic-era music, and in Cathedral Oceans and Drift Music. There are times when the John Foxxness of it is undeniable.

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A modern electronic masterpiece.
It may be new, but it's anything but modern. It sounds very deliberately retro and nostalgic, an attempt at recapturing the sort-of naive futurism of 1970s electronic music. But it's very good, and I got a kick out of the images and very short stories in the CD booklet. It's like micro-Ballard or something.

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#2967 - Fri, 19 May 2006 22:47:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I'm really curious to know if the films/filmmakers really exist and it all does stem from the provate showing John went to. It's written in such a way it's hard to deny it.

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#2968 - Fri, 19 May 2006 22:59:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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skip it Alex! its like chewing mashed potatoes.
this IS a nice review (!!!)but there is a (several?) review in the old thread. wink

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#2969 - Sat, 20 May 2006 01:35:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Well my order for TCM has arrived! Not bad considering I only paid for it on Wednesday, although I still haven't got my mitts on it yet because it's in Bromsgrove (A work colleague ordered it for me as I no longer have an Ebay account). If anyone still needs one here is the link http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/EX CLUSIVE-JOHN-FO...QQcmdZViewItem.
Thanks for the review Alex I'm looking forward to the music and the booklet! Petty its the weekend (Doh!) and I won't get it until Monday which is my 40th Birthday (a great Birthday present)

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#2970 - Sat, 20 May 2006 04:58:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Well

i'm abandoning all pretensions to being cool by asking the board here - do you think i'll be able to get this album in HMV anytime soon?

cheers
grant

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#2971 - Sat, 20 May 2006 05:51:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I gave up on offical release dates years ago, even before this 'TCM' 'electrofear' and 'closed gone fishing' madness.
But as far as i know the lastest offical date for genaral shop release Grant was June 5th.

So second week of next month, maybe.
My advice would be to pre order it even from hmv.

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#2972 - Sat, 20 May 2006 10:49:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Got mine in sunny North Carolina today (Friday). I am not a fan of Cathedral Oceans (even though I have all three of course) so I was pleased to hear it. I think on the whole its quite pleasant. I dont think I will play it like Crash and Burn but I am still very pleased to have it.
Cheers.
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#2973 - Sat, 20 May 2006 10:58:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I gave up on offical release dates years ago, even before this 'TCM' 'electrofear' and 'closed gone fishing' madness.
But as far as i know the lastest offical date for genaral shop release Grant was June 5th.

So second week of next month, maybe.
My advice would be to pre order it even from hmv.
NewVox

thanks - i got 4 days off this week so will order it.

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#2974 - Sun, 21 May 2006 21:03:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Alex - I think it's fair to say that all the back stories for TCM are pure fiction. This is not to say that JF will do something along these lines in the future.
Cheers

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#2975 - Sun, 21 May 2006 21:08:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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#2976 - Mon, 22 May 2006 21:48:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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After a few listens over the weekend I'm very thrilled of the sound of T.C.M.
ABSOLUTELY GREAT! ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS : BUY IT!!!! evil

A Peripheral Character is THE!! outstanding track for me - but there are some others which I was in very fast: Stray Sinatra Neurone, Kurfürstendamm,Skyscraper, The Projectionist, Looped Los Angeles, Hand-held Skies.
This is a new great masterpiece from John!

I would love to watch the films together with the music (A DVD??? Yes, Yes, Yes,please..)

JOHN: THANK YOU FOR THIS!! STUFF!!!!
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#2977 - Mon, 22 May 2006 22:18:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I have to say that "HAND HELD SKIES" is perhaps John's best title for a piece of work.
He's come up with some great ones, but this stands out for me (and I haven't even heard it yet!)

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#2978 - Mon, 22 May 2006 23:32:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Its (probably) no coincidence that the tv channel that plays the most films that have uv song titles etc, is the TCM film channel.

I remember when 'cathedral city cheese' was first advertised, then a few years later john brings out 'cathedral oceans and 'shifting city'.

And lets not forget the grey suit. If you look at it closely, its made up of 'millions of colours'. i.e. tiny colours.

John's always worked this way, and it makes for great titles and brilliant 'messages' etc.

Over thirty years work and still a genius. smile

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#2979 - Tue, 23 May 2006 05:05:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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And lets not forget the grey suit. If you look at it closely, its made up of 'millions of colours'. i.e. tiny colours.
I dont agree with.... er Newvox, or ive changed my mind i should say.
The 'grey suit' and 'tiny colours' IS probably a coincidence, just like 'the garden' and 'rage in eden' could of almost been 'the garden of eden'.

Even though the TCM album is very John Foxx, we should not be surpised that its so unlike hes other albums. The clue was there a few years ago.... 'once in a while i take a break from everybody's expectations.

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#2980 - Tue, 23 May 2006 08:18:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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A Peripheral Character is THE!! outstanding track for me
Agreed. Dear John/Dennis, please make a longer version of this track. smile

What I'm also listening to this evening: "Snooks" and "Switching Off" by Elbow, and "Get Down" by The Servant. fwiw :rolleyes:

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#2981 - Tue, 23 May 2006 18:30:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Thank you for posting this review! I cannot wait till I can get this CD. I haven't ordered it yet, but I hope I can order it and all the new Ultravox remasters all in one lump for my birthday in a couple of months. I hope I don't explode in the meantime... laugh

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#2982 - Wed, 24 May 2006 01:16:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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For me, the very best tracks are 'Kurfurstendamm', 'Stray Sinatra Neurone', the haunting 'Skyscraper', the mysterious' A Peripheral Character' and the beautiful ambient closing track, 'Hand-held Skies'.
I would add to the above Looped Los Angeles. Just like Kurfurstendamm, the stand-out tracks. laugh

One question, haven't we heard the synth strings of Skyscraper before? It somehow reminds me of Miles Away.

Peripheral Character echoes Cathedral Oceans.

Hand-held Skies, nice title as Birdsong points out and a wonderful finish to the album.

Underwater automobiles is another favourite.

The first 2 tracks has that grandeur of the Heroes albums' B-side.

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Fans of Kraftwerk, Vangelis and Jean Michel-Jarre will indeed find Tiny Colour Movies a compelling and absorbing listen. This is John Foxx in full electronic flow, yet it is like no other album in his back catalogue. A modern electronic masterpiece.
Yes it is a masterpiece. There are indeed similarities to the above-mentioned artists. John does have his own style. The Cathedral sounding synth strings is very John Foxx and is present throughout and so are his beats and synth bass.

It's more colourful and popier than Glimmer, which was very bleak but still brilliant. It does evolve into the Metamatic instrumental sound from Smokescreen onwards. Just like a B-side of an LP. Very well crafted

It is that so longed instrumental album. We unofficially acquired The Bed Soundtrack, we had a taster of the incomplete Quiet Man album, we loved the brilliant Metamatic B-sides and now this heavenly 21st century gift. lurve

Thanks John!

Chris C wink
PS Don't forget about The Quiet Man John <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />

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#2983 - Wed, 24 May 2006 01:52:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I know birdsong said last week we should enjoy TCM and not think of future albums yet....but.
Now we have TCM, several versions of 'the bed soundtrack' etc. I think its worth pointing out that theres still 'metamatica' to go.
And John did talk of 'the garden' and 'golden section' extras too.
But for now all as gone.... quiet!

Im happy with the new album, but i still think theres a lot to look forward to, of the old and future music from John.

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#2984 - Wed, 24 May 2006 02:32:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I know birdsong said last week we should enjoy TCM and not think of future albums yet....but.
But what? frown

I dare say that this may well be regarded as a controversial point, but what the hell... For the moment we have a brand new John Foxx album, Tiny Colour Movies. If all people are ever going to do is hanker after what may (or may not) be released in the future, they'll forever be unable to appreciate what's available to enjoy in the present.

Rob

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#2985 - Wed, 24 May 2006 04:11:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I am really enjoying this album. Love the photography, text, design. Stand out tracks for me so far are Kurfurstendamm, Looped Los Angeles, Skyscraper and Underwater Automobiles. Just stopped my ears bleeding after listening to Projectionist!...........Another quality release <img border="0" alt="[The Finger]" title="" src="graemlins/thefinger.gif" />

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#2986 - Wed, 24 May 2006 04:17:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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But what? frown
That seems to be my question too.
Some people do tend to look forward only, but not notice what they have at the time.

I was just stateing that i am happy at the present knowing of whats still to come AND enjoying TCM now.
As i thought i said, at the end of the post. confused

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#2987 - Wed, 24 May 2006 06:56:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Newvox - please don't take this or what Rob has said personally, but I think he does have a valid point about speculation of John's releases. I appreciate you said at the end of your first post that you are happy with what you've got, but your post was a little contradictory from how it started to how it finished. It was difficult to see whether it was on the side of being thankful for now or pondering the next release even before this one has gone cold. I'm sure there's a few out there in the same boat as me that don't have 'Tiny Coloured Movies' yet to listen to (waiting for an Amazon delivery after the official release date) and much of the time, all there seems to be from some forum members is speculation about what and when the next release will be.

Try to look at it from Rob and Cerise's perspective. We know that they do work tirelessly on our behalf and that they are spending quite a lot of their own time at the moment working on projects that are, presumably, definite and will see release. Speculation about any other project undermines the effort they are putting in on these. Additionally, the more time they have to spend on the Forum answering questions and correcting for things that (as Rob quite rightly pointed out) may or may not see the light of day will be frustrating for them as speculation is taken as given fact (true or not) quickly it seems. It also takes time away from things that they should be doing (including trying to have a life of their own away from all things Ultravox related). As they have said time and time again, when any projects they are or are not involved with become defintely confirmed, we will all be the first to know - either here or on John\'s Official Place .

Right, that said, when are the 'Western End Breakfast Bap sessions' tapes coming out Rob? I hear the middle sections were saucy and to die for...

wink

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#2988 - Wed, 24 May 2006 07:06:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Hear, hear!!

Abso-fekking-lutely well said Mr Ekin.
Amen to that. :rolleyes:

(apart from the last bit - you lost me there!)

There is never for ever
Only the moment

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#2989 - Wed, 24 May 2006 07:35:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Its not that im taking it personally, i just thought it odd that i was becoming into as rob said 'controversy' again. It happened to me a few weeks back for stating facts, and i let it go, only for this to happen now.

I understand that rob and cerise spend a lot of there time on projects, but due to my health im spending too much time playing music and getting into problems from this friendly forum more than i should be.

Its only natural that i would hope for any final old songs ive not heard to be released sooner than most people. But for the same reason, im also trying to enjoy the moment. As theres not too many moments left for me.

Regards, Newvox

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#2990 - Wed, 24 May 2006 09:45:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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:p

This feels like a little storm in a tea cup but I have to come to the defence of Newvox. I really dont think he was out of order. Its his opinion. He is not insulting anyone.
Whats the big deal?

You may think I am exagerating too but i feel that Newvox is feeling a little attacked and doesnt need to be.

Just my opinion for what it is worth.

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#2991 - Wed, 24 May 2006 09:46:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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smile

I forgot to say. I don't think for one minute that he was critcising anyone in his post.

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#2992 - Wed, 24 May 2006 15:26:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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John Foxx can certainly be addictive! More please...past present or future...whatever! nutjob

TCM has brought memories of old. Very Metamatic!!!

Chris C laugh

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#2993 - Wed, 24 May 2006 16:15:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Nothing personal, newvox, and no offence intended.

I was really just seconding the praise for those that run these sites. I felt we were going off topic discussing other material in a TCM thread.
As someone else who doesn't have the album yet, I'm enjoying reading the comments and look forward to getting it, but it frustrates me to think that people in general will move away from it even in the next two weeks

The problem with speculation is that sometimes things easily get misinterpreted as fact, regardless of where they came from.
It is then that Rob Cerise et al get bombarded with unreasonable questions and blamed for things that are so far out of their control its laughable.

So I'm sory if I upset you, that wasn't my intention.

There now, you see, I've gone off topic myself. :rolleyes:

Tiny Colour Movies, anyone??

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#2994 - Wed, 24 May 2006 16:15:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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As theres not too many moments left for me.
That sounds exceptionally worrying, Newvox. frown

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#2995 - Wed, 24 May 2006 16:45:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Regarding Chris C's earlier comment on 'Skyscraper' - the synths and melody are quite similar to the ones used in 'Quiet City' (a great song!)

I'm really enjoying TCM. Everything about it is fantastic; the artwork, the stories, the images and of course the music.

And it's inspired me to listen to Kraftwerk wink

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#2996 - Wed, 24 May 2006 17:20:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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May I join the party.......

I ordered my copy from ebay midday on monday and it arrived 10am on tuesday! Great service indeed.

I like to listen to new albums etc whilst driving as I dont want to concentrate directly on the music but let it "flow" around. If anything, its a subliminal message I get about the albums. Now, I have to say that having had the cd on loop for two days now I must say that I really like it. I wont go into specifics yet as I cant quote track names as yet, but there are retro elements that I really like.

I recall making an entry about POE and being attacked by some quarters for claiming that JF had gone retro. I loved the fact that it was retro and praised the album for that. This album is the same. It is backwards in reference but forwards in execution. I too can hear Kraftwerk, JMJ, Vangellis but also hear elements of william orbit, all of whom I really enjoy.

I may post a more in depth review at some point, but if it can be bought and delivered in a day from ebay, why wait?

cheers

dm!!

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#2997 - Wed, 24 May 2006 17:27:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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[b]As theres not too many moments left for me.
That sounds exceptionally worrying, Newvox. frown [/b]
It does. I hope you are OK Newvox. You'll find John Foxx's music very uplifting and healing. It's helped me through the ups and downs of life. In this respect The Garden did it for me. You become The Quiet Man. Just you heavenly transported to this lovely Garden as depicted in the the album's artwork and walking through Man's wonderful architecture given to God. Dream a dream.

Smile and enjoy John's music!

Best recovery!

Chris C wink

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#2998 - Wed, 24 May 2006 17:27:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I adore TPOE.

I never felt JF went retro - he just carried on doing what he started!

The electronic sound of the late 1970s and early 80s was in some ways a prediction of the future. Either future music or your science fiction type albums such as 'Metamatic' or stuff by Numan and Kraftwerk.

Now we are in that future I guess and that style sounds right in place. Musically it's more accessible and enjoyable that other contemporary electronic styles such as dance or electroclash. It's proven itself, and TCM is no exception.

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#2999 - Wed, 24 May 2006 20:39:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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APOF - my original post to Newvox was about albums that are, at this time, speculation only and the effect they may have on Cerise and Rob in their work on other confirmed projects. I didn't 'attack' Newvox as such, but I did give the opinion that his original post was, at first read, confusing and contradictory. I stand by that opinion, whether people agree or not.

Newvox - I'm sorry if it did come across as trying to get at you personally as it was not my intention. Opinions are good and the lifeblood of the Forum and it was certainly not trying to prevent you from carying on doing so. I just think we should all keep to what we know is (or is going to be) available and give the guys a break from correcting about other issues that are best only possibles. They certainly have enough on their plate, so giving them the time to concentrate on that can only benefit all of us I would add.

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I'm sure we'd all agree that the problem with speculation of future projects from John, Midge, Billy or anyone connected with the band is that people here do then expect to see them come to fruition and naturally ask questions even when they won't. It's also worth remembering that Cerise and Rob do not have control over work or planned releases from band members and indeed sometimes are as much in the dark as the rest of us. So asking them questions constantly can undermine what they do know and are working on. If they know of anything definitely coming up, we'll know when they can tell us.

Anyway, back to the real issue of the music...

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#3000 - Wed, 24 May 2006 22:25:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Originally posted by E. G. Ekin:
Anyway, back to the real issue of the music...

wink

I did not intend to be the main talking point at any time. Ive always been further in the industry than i talked about.
The only reason i joined was to pass on about 300 numan / foxx / midgevox / foxxvox / and ure concerts and other items. I tryed to swap by asking for 'metamatic demos' which i already had, as a way of passing four dvds packed with all these items as one swop.
But no one took up the offer.
The idea was to pass these shows for no charge to whoever wanted them.

Lately ive become stuck in problems for stating facts that should of helped Rob and Cerise, if people had not put speculation on top of it.
I then let that pass so we could get back to music matters, only for Rob to speculate that i was speculating.
I did not intend to cause any problems or work for Rob or Cerise, by having to explain dates of future releases etc.
I just said of these other items with a passing thought to the future. I did not start asking for when there released or track listings etc.

Thank you 'pieceoffurniture for my defence.
Thoght it best i write to say that i dont blame anyone here for my illness (of which i should not of said)
I also will not name names of individuals, but i have enjoyed most of my time here, and everyones company at some time.

This will be my last post not for morbid reasons, but to stop the unintended problems ive caused.

With kind regards, Newvox

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#3001 - Thu, 25 May 2006 00:09:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Newvox. Dont think you have caused any big problems. When we write things down in this simple way they can be easy to get misunderstood.
I sincerely think you should forget it and carry on posting. You have had several messages of support.
Cheers.
excited

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#3002 - Thu, 25 May 2006 00:12:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Newvox. Dont think you have caused any big problems. When we write things down in this simple way they can be easy to get misunderstood.
I sincerely think you should forget it and carry on posting. You have had several messages of support.
Cheers.
excited
Hear, hear. It would be sad to see you go, Newvox.

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#3003 - Thu, 25 May 2006 01:12:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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It's getting like Big Brother!! wink

But seriously, Newvox - do stay. Carry on posting. It's easy to misunderstand something or make a mistake, we all do it. And we are a forgiving bunch on here.

Don't beat yourself up about it - stay with us, you're a much valued regular here.

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#3004 - Fri, 26 May 2006 07:11:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I think this is a bit of a grower, musically. At least I hope it is, as I am on my second listen and am not exactly overwhelmed yet. Maybe I need to try it in another context - on a train through a city at night or watching a summer sunset from a coastal town. Yes, it is sounding better already.

I love the texts though - very imaginative.

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#3005 - Mon, 05 Jun 2006 03:09:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I was right. It is improving. At least tracks 3, 6 and (especially) 4 are of the required standard.

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#3006 - Mon, 05 Jun 2006 20:19:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Got my copy of this album yesterday.

This record is pure John Foxx just indulging in what he wants to do - there's not a timbre on there which couldn't have been made by an analogue synth manufactured in about 1969!
Not sure whether he did use vintage gear or modern "softsynth" equivalents, but whichever the case, he has used modern digital recording and reverbs to present a vivid, utterly clean and pristine sound -
these colour movies are soundtracked in bold primary colours, like a rainbow set of felt-tip pens. None of the grainy/gritty 8-track-tape sound of "Metamatic" - full bandwidth sonic fidelity is on offer here.

The 15 instrumental tracks here range from the etherial swathes and washes (a la his Cathedral Oceans work) to some positively "jaunty" little numbers accompanied by electronic percussion. almost reminiscent to the feel of 1970s Jarre.
Plenty of consonant little tune fragments are picked out on the synths as these tracks bounce along, but Foxx refrains from serving up any really stand-out melodies. The mood is more one of being happily to exist and drink in the imagery before oneself, from wonderment to a big grin, rather than burdening the music with too much narrative or overt emotional message.

The tracks are all presented (with the usual gorgeous design and typography) as mini-soundtracks for various film collages, detailed in the extensive sleevenotes.
This is as good a raison-d'etre for making music as anything - reveling in experiencing fragments of 20th century detritus as an "artisitic experience".
The project is crying out to be released on DVD though, to let us see these damn tiny colour movies that inspired the pieces! Oh well.

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#3007 - Mon, 05 Jun 2006 21:04:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Great review Feline1!

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Originally posted by feline1:
these colour movies are soundtracked in bold primary colours, like a rainbow set of felt-tip pens.
Couldn't have put it better myself! Perfect!!

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#3008 - Tue, 06 Jun 2006 03:25:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Just a question....I know there are stills for each track on the sleeve notes but do these tiny colours movies really exist or are they all in John's imagination?........ I also think the intro copy is also fiction not fact confused

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#3009 - Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:21:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Originally posted by lord lost:
Just a question....I know there are stills for each track on the sleeve notes but do these tiny colours movies really exist or are they all in John's imagination?........ I also think the intro copy is also fiction not fact confused
I think someone on the forum tried googling the names of some of the film-makers mentioned in the sleevenotes and couldn't find any reference to them existing.
Having said that, I think the whole point of the album is that - based on the sleevenotes and of course the music - you get a mental picture in your head far better than you would ever get by seeing the 'movies' themselves.

Incidentally, if you want to make your own "Tiny Colour Movies" soundtracks, get yourself a copy of the Korg Legacy Collection synth plug-in, stick the virtual Wavestation through a 'hall reverb' effect and you're in business! Not perhaps so analogue after all, methinks.......

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#3010 - Tue, 06 Jun 2006 18:37:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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It did cross my mind that the sleevenotes were completely and utterly made up smile

But surely all the more fun for it?

They are not at all dissimilar from the strange list-based paragraphs you'd find in experimental JG Ballard novels (most typically "The Atrocity Exhibition"), and we all know Dennis Leigh is a fan of JG Ballard. (He got *me* reading him too! Thanks Dennis! smile

The music on "Tiny Colour Movies" is indeed so "clean" sounding that I wondered if it was all softsynths. The point is, all the sounds John has choosen are all recreations of classic analogue voltage-controlled subtractive synthesis (with the odd bit of analogue FM or additive stuff for those "steely" timbres). It's like a perfect gleaming felt tip and chrome picture.

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#3011 - Mon, 12 Jun 2006 07:28:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I've had a few goes at this album now, so thought I'd throw my keys into the ring. I tend to scribble down a few ideas as I listen, so what follows isn't particularly coherent...

Stray Sinatra Syndrome
Massive droning synths to set the scene. Technically very crisp, perfectly defined sonic architecture. Beams of sound like notes from an electric violin notes pass between the headphones over the background, like searchlight beams traversing the starlit night sky, passing over the occasional helicopter
My loves have come, my loves have gone...
Most of what follows is in here somewhere.

Lost New York
A more melodic piece, with achingly deep bass notes. Hints of familair, unfulfilled melodies and partially glimpsed memories from an earlier period. Melancholic, fractals of heart-breaking sadness.

Kurfursturdamm
?? A tune. What?? How cool. The first 'danceable' rhythmic piece. Starts well and has cheerful upbeat presence, but the melody is too JMJ and Vangelis for my taste. Most unFoxxlike track on the album and its immediate catchiness quickly becomes annoying. Nods appreciatively to the Man Machine, while bearing more than a passing resemblance to Equinox
Though a clever attempt to be both retrospective and futuristic, this long piece ends up being not quite one or the other. As one becomes more familiar with TCM as a whole, Kurfursterdamm starts to feel uncomfortably out of place.

Skyscraper
A calming antidote. Majestic. This is a beautiful piece. Best so far.
Sweeping, oceanic. Represents the story very well, about floating above a sea of cloud.

The Projectionist
Immediately interesting change of pitch and shift of emphasis.
This is digital birdsong. Foxx at his most experimental. Does this come from Cathedral Oceans?
Tiny drops of water on a deep, silent pool. Piercing high notes. Described by Foxx as moving, grotesque and unsettling - none the worse for that. One of the most challenging pieces - a montage of beautiful, surprising and agonising sequences.

Looped Los Angeles
Again Kraftwerk, with hints of Vangelis. Immediately more accessible and there is much here to comfort the listener still reeling from the previous shocker. Unrealised though, and lacking in conviction. Weak and doesn't seem to go anywhere.
Looped, of course. Perhaps I have missed the point...

Points of departure
The first of two 'interludes' which break up the album
St Paul speaks of the tongues of angels.
Chanting obscure choral harmonies.
Strangely beautiful. Is that what Enter The Angel 2 was meant to do?

Part two begins with the epic
X-Ray Vision, a score to accompany extraordinary candid footage of public and political figures engaged in secretly filmed moments of banality. This piece is hugely melodramatic, persistant and quite disturbing in its complexity.

Smokescreen
A few melodic piano chords wander across a hazy background of drifting synths. Glimpses and echoes of fragmented sounds break the flow and the whole unnerving piece is strangely disjointed.
Stray Sinatra Syndrome, Part 2?

In Underwater Automobiles, Foxx immediately steps up the tempo and introduces a haunting piece in a higher key than all except The Projectionist. A very complex sequence of aural images to accompany grainy super 8mm film of abandoned cars on the bed of a lake. This is classic Ballardesque imagery, and classic John Foxx.

A Peripheral Character is another rhythmic piece akin to Kurfursterdamm but without the cheesy melody, and stands out as one of the albums highlights. Foxx is magnificently restrained throughout, hinting that he is about to launch into a flambouyant ARP solo from the Mysterious Ways outtakes, then cutting himself short with bursts of the spraycan sounds from Crash and Burn. Fragments, fractions. Pure Gestalt genius.

This extraordinary, damaged and curiously incomplete set closes with the alarmingly Shadow City. Echoes of windblown litter in alleyways, scuttiling rodents and twilight people.

After Interlude, a bizarre 40-second piece of curious doodlings, Foxx moves into the dark and threatening
Thought experiment
Deep thundrous rumbling bass notes that characteris TCM throughout are used to their best effect here, penetrated with clanging, bell-like notes linking short bursts of radio interference and single resonanting notes of extraordinary clarity.

Hand Held Skies is a natural follow-on, lightening the mood somewhat, but retaining the complexity. Or is that simplicity??
There are no edges here
(one of the most inspired titles Foxx has ever come up with)
Bass notes roll like thunder.
This beautiful piece is one of the most filmic.

Foxx is asking lots of questions on this album, hinting at all sorts of ideas.I can't make a conclusion about its standing alongside his other work, and that's what makes it such an interesting album.
I'm quite happy to say I misjudged it, based on a crappy quality low-res download of one of its weakest moments.
That's the thing with entering new ground isn't it? There is no-one telling which way to go for the best, and you often take a few wrong turnings. Depends where you want to end up of course, and how many of us know that when we step ou the front door? It can be a dangerous business.

Highlights? Tracks 4, 5, 10 and 11.

TinyColourMovies is as close as John's come yet to a musical map.
Sweeping highways and twisting untrodden footpaths connect familar, forgotten and fascinating places. Its up to you where you want to go and there's no obvious beginning or end. There's plenty of familar landmarks along whichever path, and a plethora of signs to take you off in a labyrinth of other directions. Pack some tea...

© birdsong, 2006. Blah-di-blah

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#3012 - Mon, 12 Jun 2006 18:05:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Fantastic review, Birdsong - such accurate descriptions, perfect!

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#3013 - Tue, 13 Jun 2006 00:10:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Brilliant review birdsong.

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#3014 - Tue, 13 Jun 2006 01:28:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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A coupla thoughts:

As well as Kraftwerk and Vangelis, anyone else hear hints of J.M. Jarre?

I'd like to hear a vocal album based on the sorts of textures in this album. JF's stuff with Louis sometimes seems (to me) to be a little bit self-consciously hardcore and maybe something gentler is in order. I do so miss the passing of the time when all he had was a CR-78.

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#3015 - Tue, 13 Jun 2006 01:31:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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Originally posted by feline1:
It did cross my mind that the sleevenotes were completely and utterly made up smile
The odd thing is, I remember watching a movie on Channel Four in the early/mid eighties which seemed to consist almost entirely of footage filmed from a moving car on urban freeways. I can't say whether it was Los Angeles but the memory did resonate with 'Looped Los Angeles'.

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#3016 - Tue, 13 Jun 2006 07:22:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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You mean like this kind of thing?

http://www.cbrd.co.uk/media/video/m45/m45-fast.mov

Its too fast and there are no other cars, but I LOVE it <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />

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#3017 - Thu, 13 Jul 2006 23:24:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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When I got TCM I put up a quick review on Amazon, calling TCM John's first instrumental album. Since then a couple of other reviewers have taken me to task, saying I'm talking BS. But surely Cathedral Oceans can't be classed as instrumental albums? Translucence/Drift Music _is_ instrumental, but that was a collaboration.

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#3018 - Thu, 13 Jul 2006 23:33:00 Re: Tiny Colour Movies - reviews (spoilers!)
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I think you're quite right. CO is definitely NOT instrumental

And don't you go calling Cathedral Oceans 'ambient' music either!... wink (I know you didn't, but just in case)

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