Catch up every Saturday with 10 of our best-reviewed albums of the week. Skip to content Search query All Results. The movie was an abstract montage composed of Super-8 excerpts from his personal video-diaries, going behind-the-scenes of many of his movies from the late sixties right up to the end of the eighties.
Eno composed most of the soundtrack in his Kilburn studio, working directly onto digital stereo. The music stayed in the film; it was never released as a separate entity. Eno explains " I had intended to collect the music as a soundtrack record, but in the end a lot of it didn't make much sense without the film ".
In , Eno handed the master-tapes to Wobble. Eno did not participate in any co-production on Spinner at all; it was all done by Wobble. Eno said " I didn't even hear it all till it was finished. I had no input at all on that stage of it. Everything that he put on, he produced. Anything you hear looming around in the back is probably what I produced ".
Some of Eno's thoughts on the album in its final stages can be found in the last section "Wobbly letter" of the appendix of Eno's published diary, A Year with Swollen Appendices. Several of the tracks are given their working titles "Unusual Balance", for example, is referred to as "Scrapy". The letter gives hints as to the methods used by Eno and Wobble in creating the album, with Eno providing many of the original tracks, which Wobble then treated and sequenced. The finished product is a fusion of ambient , instrumental rock , and dub.
It's a hard balance to strike, wishing to keep Eno 's alien landscapes intact while trying to add relevant commentary, and rarely do the two composers co-exist peacefully.
The spirit of collaboration is alive on "Marine Radio," where Eno 's soundtrack is relegated to the role of a single instrument, but more often the music fails to find a middle ground. Some will point to individual sections that sound like Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror , Discreet Music, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts , and other instances where Eno 's muse has been better served, claiming that this music too functions well as ambient music albeit with a dub presence.
Yet the sum effect of Eno and Wobble sounds more like Tangerine Dream from the '80s, at a time when that band began to abandon music as a homogenous whole and instead layered superficial rhythms on top of amorphous undercurrents.
If the intent was to have Wobble and his bandmates throw a wrench into Eno 's works, the sputtering Spinner should have been better. Note that a bonus song of eerie lounge music appears as a mystery 11th cut actually the tail half of the tenth track separated by a few minutes of silence.
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