BN.com Gift Guide

Figure Ground

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Though composed for four very different films among them two documentaries -- one on the life of gay erotic artist Tom of Finland and the other on transvestites who live in the salt warehouses of New York City, the music on Figure Ground hangs together as a cohesive collection. Somewhat confusing liner notes make it a bit difficult to assign all of the songs to specific films, but a general idea of their distribution is given. The songs seethe and hum with an often erotic energy, with long, vibrating synth tones stretched over layers of shuffling rhythm. A kind of dark minimalism pervades, especially on the first track, "Incandescent," which lumbers on like a ...
See more details below
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (2) from $11.34   
  • New (2) from $11.34   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Though composed for four very different films among them two documentaries -- one on the life of gay erotic artist Tom of Finland and the other on transvestites who live in the salt warehouses of New York City, the music on Figure Ground hangs together as a cohesive collection. Somewhat confusing liner notes make it a bit difficult to assign all of the songs to specific films, but a general idea of their distribution is given. The songs seethe and hum with an often erotic energy, with long, vibrating synth tones stretched over layers of shuffling rhythm. A kind of dark minimalism pervades, especially on the first track, "Incandescent," which lumbers on like a somnambulent slave. A strong dance influence can be felt in places, with somewhat tribal drums setting the pace for rhythmic scratching. Indeed, the influence of many kinds of music can be felt on these works, with Sharp pulling musical tricks out of his hat to suit the mood he is trying to create, from bluesy to icy to hyperactive. The nearly frenetic "Letha" is one of the most interesting tracks on the album, combining hypnotizing rhythms and guitar gurgles. Two tracks later, "Nightmare" seems like a score for the yawning gates of hell. This is one of Sharp's most complex and varied albums -- nevertheless, it rarely manages to miss the mark.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397750529
  • Catalog Number: 7505
  • Sales rank: 149,188

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Incandescent (2:35)
  2. 2 Machine (5:00)
  3. 3 Float (4:21)
  4. 4 Letha (2:50)
  5. 5 Playground (3:18)
  6. 6 Nightmare (5:09)
  7. 7 Dogboys (0:37)
  8. 8 The Bridge (2:12)
  9. 9 Talk (2:06)
  10. 10 Backroom (2:55)
  11. 11 Farm & Field (0:56)
  12. 12 Lumberjack Boots (1:05)
  13. 13 Nazis (0:33)
  14. 14 Sketching (0:53)
  15. 15 Musclehouse (0:36)
  16. 16 Erasing (0:17)
  17. 17 Motorbike (0:32)
  18. 18 Homocop (1:06)
  19. 19 Prey (10:06)
  20. 20 The Salt Mines (6:17)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elliott Sharp Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Multi Instruments
Technical Credits
Elliott Sharp Producer
Janene Higgins Contributor
Susanna Aikin Director
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously