[OST] – CD jewel case - 28pp full colour - 15 tracks - 50 mins approx
Ash International # Ash 9.5
This CD is the soundtrack to the film AUN, directed by Edgar Honetschläger. With stills from the film in the full colour 28 page booklet, the artwork is designed by Philip Marshall.
AUN – The beginning and the end of all things
Director: Edgar Honetschläger
Music: Christian Fennesz (additional tracks by fennesz sakamoto)
You can see a clip here: http://aun-film.com/?page_id=21
For AUN film distribution contact filmdelights.com distribution.
With thanks to Edoko Institute, Vienna and Ribo Ltd., Tokyo
Black Audio blogger writes For years Christian Fennesz has astounded listeners with a variety of work that transcends modern electronica, influencing many artists and in some ways being a legitimate Godfather of the scene. Official soundtracks can often be hit and miss, with more direction on short pieces in the order in which they play out through the film they accompany. Luckily Fennesz has provided actual full pieces of work to be listened to in their own right. ‘AUN-The beginning and the end of all things’, follows the thought processes of Claude Lévi-Strauss when piecing anthropological essays throughout the 20th century and Japanese Shintoism. I have to admit to not seeing the movie, but as I am completely taken with this release, I may be more inclined to hunt the actual movie down. Careful attention to subtle ambience is the main body of this soundtrack. As always, Fennesz expresses his undeniable talent when it comes to reverberation and space, allowing each instrument to hit its own stride and essentially take its sole spotlight on the podium when needed, from beautiful, raindrop infused piano to sunlight infused acoustics. Literally, this album is one of the highlights of the year so far; an aural accomplishment that should be revered and applauded for standing its ground, never pandering to any given genre and dancing to its own tune.
Whisperin' and Hollerin' (UK):
‘AUN’ - subtitled ‘The beginning and the end of all things’ - is, we are told in the CD’s booklet, ‘the story of mankind’s quest for the future, his desire to create the tomorrow, his fear and loathing for the apocalypse’. Its basis are the threads that run through Claude Levi-Strauss’ essays, and a focus on the dichotomy that exists between the man-made world and nature.
‘Aun’ sees the spectacularly prolific Christian Fennesz working to his strengths, and at the same time doing things slightly differently from his other recent releases. Quite remarkably, his instrumental compositions convey more of the film’s themes than one would expect possible, yet without recourse to volume or overt drama. Fennsesz has long demonstrated a sense of subtlety, and large sections of the ‘AUN’ soundtrack are very quiet indeed. A delicate piano hangs sparse notes in a rarefied air. A plucked acoustic guitar adds to the organic, human feel of the music. Passages of light are countered by passages of dark, foreboding drones scaling outwards and circling inwards. Moods turn, atmospheres change, yet the pieces segue together seamlessly. Measured, understated and fragile, this sounds like a soundtrack, in the best possible way. But even without the images the music was composed to accompany, it can provide a real-time soundtrack to an individual’s listening experience.
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