Scott Johnson: Patty Hearst

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In the mid-'80s, composer Scott Johnson burst onto the new music scene with his irresistible album John Somebody. Taking loops of found, everyday conversation, Johnson drew out the subtle melodic and rhythmic patterns of common speech perhaps deriving inspiration from Alvin Lucier and used them as the basis for jazz-rock elaborations. Director Paul Schrader, known for using relatively experimental composers for his soundtracks, chose Johnson to score his examination of the Patty Hearst incident, and the resulting music follows a similar path. The title track uses Natasha Richardson's gasped "Mom? Dad?" as a rhythmic source while finding a melodic theme in her desolate plaint, "I'm not being starved or beaten or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
In the mid-'80s, composer Scott Johnson burst onto the new music scene with his irresistible album John Somebody. Taking loops of found, everyday conversation, Johnson drew out the subtle melodic and rhythmic patterns of common speech perhaps deriving inspiration from Alvin Lucier and used them as the basis for jazz-rock elaborations. Director Paul Schrader, known for using relatively experimental composers for his soundtracks, chose Johnson to score his examination of the Patty Hearst incident, and the resulting music follows a similar path. The title track uses Natasha Richardson's gasped "Mom? Dad?" as a rhythmic source while finding a melodic theme in her desolate plaint, "I'm not being starved or beaten or unnecessarily frightened." Along with other dialogue and sounds from the movie, Johnson weaves a compellingly dramatic score. His music often has the bravado and exuberance of early fusion bands like the Mahavishnu Orchestra, but he's as capable of subtlety as flashiness. Scored for string quartet with percussion and electric keyboards, Johnson's strident, anxious guitar frequently soars over the mix, providing an appropriate bite. Some of the pieces have an "extracted" quality but generally they hold up well on their own, independent of their function as soundtrack music. Patty Hearst is not as thrilling or surprising as John Somebody
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397802921
  • Catalog Number: 8029
  • Sales rank: 329,665

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mom Dad (5:00)
  2. 2 Persistence of Vision (3:19)
  3. 3 Motel TV (2:26)
  4. 4 Closet (9:26)
  5. 5 My Real Crime (2:36)
  6. 6 Rest Home (2:38)
  7. 7 Pistol/Rope (1:48)
  8. 8 Young Once (3:35)
  9. 9 Cinque's Vision (2:32)
  10. 10 Pen Chorale (1:36)
  11. 11 Dad Mom (0:58)
  12. 12 Blindfold (4:15)
  13. 13 Boot Camp (Bonus Track) (7:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scott Johnson Primary Artist, Guitar
Sue Evans Percussion
Karl Bargen Viola
Miles Green Keyboards
Peter Phillips Keyboards
Michael Riesman Conductor, Keyboards
Sergiu Schwartz Violin
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Natasha Richardson Sampled Vocals
Bill Ruyle Tabla
Timothy Baker Violin
Tim Baker Violin
Susan Evans Percussion
Technical Credits
Scott Johnson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Miles Green Engineer, Synthesizer Arrangements
Rory Johnston Producer
Kurt Munkasci Producer
Peter Phillips Engineer, Synthesizer Arrangements
Marvin Worth Filmmaker
John Zorn Executive Producer
Scott Hull Mastering
Paul Schrader Director
Scott Johnson Producer, Liner Notes
Scott Johnson Producer, Liner Notes
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