HERE WE GO AGAIN RUBINOT!/Andrew Powell/Kronos - cd
Classically-trained composer Andrew Powell scored two well-regarded films in the mid-1980s – Richard Donner’s medieval fantasy LADYHAWK and Daniel Petrie’s wistful ROCKET GIBRALTER. Otherwise engaged in the worlds of theatre, classical, music production, and rock performance (he was a member of The Alan Parsons Project, serving as arranger, conductor and composer, often creating the classical music interludes on their albums), Powell didn’t score another film until 2017 when cinematographer Giuliano Tomassacci asked him if he would compose the music for his first film as director, a short science fiction project about an otherworldly, beautiful female android who travels in time while scientists try to understand her enigmatic secrets by exploiting the occasions of her mysterious, rare appearances – until she decides the right time to share her vision has come. HERE WE GO AGAIN RUBINOT! is an experimental film for the Split Vision
process, a modular audiovisual system intended to be viewed on multiple devices simultaneously; Powell’s dreamy score is a mix of synths, piano, and vocalise (via the lovely voice of Susanna Buffa) that gives the film a beautiful and compelling ambient sound design that creates a truly wonderful musical adventure for the ears. Its soothing washes of synth and striking, lovely classical piano interludes are beautifully conceived and arranged, and make fine listening on their own, punctuated by Buffa’s immersive singing on Rubinot’s Theme. The film is only 16 minutes in length, but by including bonus tracks and alternate takes, we’re given a satisfactory 29 minutes of music on the album. A severely limited edition of only 300 copies, see the Kronos website for more information and to sample some tracks (and I definitely suggest you sample the music and see if you find it as engaging as I have).