The Ruined Map (Film Music Volume 1)

by Rashomon

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…an imaginary cinematic experience and a soundtrack with some artistic gravitas…Matt Thompson creates soundscapes on the experimental, irregular and ambient edges of prog, inspired by art-house cinema…The Ruined Map is for the most part dark in tone, and explores cinematic atmospheres in a range of different, discomfiting ways. (Dusted)

Rashomon (itself named after an Akira Kurosawa film) visits the conventional sites of soundtrack masters past such as Ennio Morricone, Toru Takemitsu and Popol Vuh, but also haunted merry-go-round surrealism, Balkan wedding music, heaving prog rhythm sections, falsetto hair metal and freak-outs channelling Sonny Sharrock’s ecstatic guitar style. (Rock-A-Rolla)

Over the course of the rest of the record, as the tracks slip from film to film director to director, Bresson to Suzuki, Starewicz to Shindo, Branded To Kill, Lancelot Du Lac, Onibaba, The Mascot, the songs follow suit, shifting from mood to mood, sound to sound, soaring strings, ballroom jazz, bursts of acid fried synth blow outs, tribal almost African sounding drumming, gypsy folk violins, super intense spastic freaked out avant metal damage, deep shimmering drones, long stretches of creaking industrial ambience, haunting bagpipe like melodies, moody abstract drifts, gently strummed guitars clouds of cymbal shimmer, a constantly shifting world of sound, deep and layered, expansive and indeed, so cinematic. (Aquarius Records)


released June 1, 2007

Matt Thompson - guitar, bass, percussion, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes, MiniMoog, harmonium, voice, keyboards, psaltery
Paul Westwood - drums (1,2,5)
Jaime Gomez Arellano - percussion (4), recording, mixing, mastering
Sara Hubrich - violin (3,4)
Emi Hojo - voice (5)



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Rashomon is a film music-related project by Matt Thompson of Zoltan and Cremator.

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