Options Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins: Playlist from August 18, 2015 Options

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Soundtrack music from the first silent forward. If it was written for the moving image, we'll play it. Library music included; popcorn optional.

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Options August 18, 2015: MARC RIBOT
Downtown NYC guitarist Marc Ribot is best known for leading Ceramic Dog and Los Cubanos Postizos, and playing guitar on recordings by John Zorn, Lounge Lizards, Tom Waits, Robert Plant and Elvis Costello, Marc is also a composer of feature length films and documentaries as well as a go-to session guitarist for many film directors and music supervisors alike (that's him on "Walk The Line", "Where The Wild Things Are" and "The Departed"). He has also been an avid live scorer of silent films since the 80's.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Images Approx. start time
John Zorn  Svegliatti E Uccidi (Ennio Morricone)   Options The Big Gundown  Tzadik  Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron 
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Marc Ribot  Montuno from "Landlord Blues"   Options Shoe String Symphonettes  Tzadik  Marc Ribot, Brad Jones, E.J. Rodriquez, Gregory Ribot, Hugo Dwyer, Roy Nathanson, Curtis Fowlkes, Bill Ware, Jim Nolet 
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Marc Ribot  Miles to Go from "Joe Schmo"   Options Soundtracks II  Tzadik  Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman, JD Foster, Alex Foster 
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Marc Ribot  House of Mirrors from "Joe Schmo"   Options Soundtracks II  Tzadik  Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman, JD Foster, Alex Foster, Matt Darriau 
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  Interview Marc Ribot        
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Marc Ribot  Persistence of Memory (Remix) from Jennifer Reeves "The Time We Got Killed" (2004)   Options Soundtracks II  Tzadik  Marc Ribot guitar, Ned Rothenberg Flute (Shakuhachi) 
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Marc Ribot  The Kid   Options Silent Movies  Pi Recordings  Marc Ribot solo guitar 
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Marc Ribot  Fatman Blues   Options Silent Movies  Pi Recordings  Marc Ribot on solo guitar, originally composed for "Drunk Boat" 
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  Interview Marc Ribot        
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Marc Ribot  It Could Have Been Very, Very Beautiful   Options Saints  Atlantic  Marc Ribot solo guitar, originally composed as the Main Theme for Bette Gordon's "Variety" 
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  Interview Marc Ribot        
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Howard Shore  The Departed Tango   Options The Departed  Silva Screen  Guitars: Marc Ribot and Larry Saltzman 
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Greg from ZONE 5:

WOW off to a good start…
  7:04pm SeanG:

Avatar 7:05pm Monica:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm chris:

yes, loving this!
  7:09pm bunnywhiskers:

This is cool
  7:09pm mary:

great artist w great collaborators
  7:27pm P-90:

Interesting, not all composers feel this way about listening to temp scores. Directors usually don't intend them as anything but broad indications of what kind of thing might be appropriate for some parts of the movie. If they're asking a composer to write an original score, they know what he/she gives them may be very very unlike the temp tracks. No?
  7:28pm JakeGould:

@P-90: I think the problem is even a temp score imprints a prejudiced idea of what the final score would be.
  7:29pm P-90:

@Devin: fascinating interview, by the way. I was just surprised to hear how strongly he felt about that issue.
  7:45pm JakeGould:

“You’re not really left handed. You’re doing it to annoy people.” DAMN!
  7:49pm P-90:

There's also always been a few right-handed guitarists who prefer to play left-handed. They always say they started playing that way as kids because it "felt" better or more natural and stayed with it.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:52pm melinda:

Good rant. I'm happy to hear copyright issues discussed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Devon E. Levins:

Sometimes the temp music is music that a director in a perfect world would simply use if not being that the licensing costs are cost-prohibitive. The end result can become a problem b/c nothing the composer comes up with can match up to the temp track if the director becomes overly attached to it. In such case the composer is left to simply try to copy it in a way that does not infringe the copyright. In such case, artistically it can become soul crushing.
  7:57pm SeanG:

that was awesome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm chris:

Great interview! Great discussion about how copyright law. Very clear and well presented, which is rare.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm chris:

errr, no 'how' needed above there, sorry
  7:58pm B. Gordon:

This is an excellent program sir.
  7:59pm P-90:

@Devon: Bravo! I've read about a dozen print interviews with Ribot over the years, you got him to go much deeper than any of them.
Avatar 5:31am smonff:

Very nice interview.
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