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  • Audio CD (12 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0002BK9KS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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With perhaps typical Icelandic perversity, Sigur Ros's Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do is perhaps the most esoteric release of their pretty wilful career. Written for octogenarian US choreographer Merce Cunningham's Dance Company's 50th gala performance, Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do is more than 20 minuites of new instrumental music based around music-box piano lines, percussive sounds derived from ballet shoes and the fractured syllables and tap dancing feet of Merce Cunningham himself. The whole sounds something akin to The Exorcist score married to Byrne/Eno's "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts".

First performed alongside Radiohead's similarly commissioned piece at Brooklyn Academy of Music last October, Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do forms part of the Cunningham Dance Company's Split Sides programme, wherein the elements of choreography, music, set design, costume and lighting are chosen randomly on the night by the throw of the dice. Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do contains three separate tracks, respectively 'Ba Ba', 'Ti Ki' and, yes, 'Di Do'. In the spirit of the commission, these were initially written to be played in any order, but, having lived with them, the band like it best when they occur in the sequence presented here.

The artwork incorporates elements of Robert Heishman's set design for Split Sides, as well as Merce's stick-figure notations for choreography. It comes as a special digi-pack CD and one-sided 12-inch that also features an etching from Merce Cunningham on the reverse side.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven Burns on 6 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This short CD (20 minutes) is quite deceiving. It does indeed sound minimalist when you play it from start to end but there's more to this release than meets the eye (or the ear in this case). In fact, the three tracks are really one track deconstructed into three separate pieces.

After a little digging around I discovered that all three tracks, if played at the same time, form an amazing single track!

Despite the tracks being different lengths they bond together really well. The only way to play 3 tracks at the same time is to rip them to your computer and use an audio editing program to recompile them; each track starts from the same point, so line them up at the very beginning and rip into an uncompressed format to eliminate any added silence.

The result of this is an amazing, full, non-minimalist Sigur Rós track.

Absolutely excellent and unique. Getting more involved with what a band has to offer makes me like them even more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Howarth on 11 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This set of three pieces comissioned for Merce Cunningham's coreography is amongst the most beautiful of the icelandic group's work. They eschew the commerciality of albums like "Takk" and "Agaetis Byrjun" in a return to their minimalist heritage. They combine the use of noises with dramatic dynamics and repetitive motifs in a way that is beautiful and strange: Think "Von" meets "()" yet much more emotional and charming.

Track 1, "Ba ba", is probably the least original, it reminds me very much of Steve Reich's compositions for tuned percussion. However, they manage to achieve an emotional connection with the listener that Reich could only dream of.

Track 2, "Ti Ki" is far less structured than its companions, and may requires a few listens to see the pattern of their composition emerge. The most subtle track on the record, it helps to bind the beauty of "Ba Ba" with the noise of "Di do".

track 3, "Di do" is the only piece to extensively feature the human voice (Merce Cunningham's). It is a very short and dramatic work which builds up into a frenzy - much like songs on "Agaetis" and "Takk", yet the use of glorious white-noise is more like "Von"... This means that in one very short track, sigur ros manage to explain the many disparate threads in their music.

The CD is only 20ish minutes long - not much "bang for your buck", but every second is brilliance. It is like a mini-guide to the rest of their work. I would have loved to see how this came accross in performance with the dancers, and radiohead etc... As one extra bonus, the sleeve art has some of Merce Cunningham's bizzare choreographic notation feintly scrawled over the outside.

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Sigur Ros is one of those blindingly good bands that occasionally churns out something... not so good. Not bad, but far from good. Sadly that is the case with "Ba Ba/Ti Ki/Di Do," a simplistic little soundtrack EP that sounds pretty, but doesn't inspire a second listen. Heck, it didn't even inspire a title.

"Ba Ba" is perhaps the prettiest song on here, a coldly delicate little synth melody that slips back to where it began, on an ambient loop. After some babbly vocals, "Ti Ki" debuts with a cracked, disjointed sound, followed by the wavery, eerie "Di Do."

Created for the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, this EP may be better if you watch people dancing as you listen. It's somewhat like Sigur Ros's previous work, but somehow it feels more simplistic and sloppy, as if it were slapped together quickly.

Jonsi's falsetto vocals are pleasant, even when he utters baby noises. Backing him are a bunch of experimental samples -- a robotic voice, bells, music boxes, clock gears, and so on. They definitely have the makings of brilliance, but they also overwhelm the delicate ambient melodies. The experimental tracks never quite gel.

Perhaps the worst thing is that Sigur Ros's elusive, almost elfin emotions seem to be missing. The songs of "Ba Ba/Ti Ki/Di Do" are definitely interesting and offbeat, but it's not great. They dart very close to the musical grandeur from "( )" and "Agaetis Byrjun," but fall just short because of a lack of musical focus.

The die-hard Sigur Ros fans may want to give this a spin. "Ba Ba/Ti Ki/Di do" is an interesting EP, but by a truly excellent band like Sigur Ros, this blurry collection feels like a bit of a letdown.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Cook on 19 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
For Sigur Rós, this is rather different. You're probably getting sick of hearing that now, but it's true. Aside from the last track, in which there are excerpts of words, this is an instrumental CD. But it is in a completely different style to the intrumental tracks on (); as other reviewers have said, it seems almost experimental.
I have reviewed each of the tracks seperately below for people that have the time to get a better feel for the CD. Of course, the best way to get a feel for it would be to borrow it off someone else and listen to it first, to see if it's your cup of tea.

Ba Ba 5/5
This track begins beautifully. A few tinkles of bells or chimes of some sort, along with sounds of rustling or breezing air. A repeated melody fades in until about 2:00, when a keyboard plays chords and notes. This continues in a loop for a while before going off into a short piano melody accompanied by squeaks and synth. The track then quietens, before the piano chords bring the song back piece by piece.
This induces the image of a winterscape in my mind. The noises at the start make me think of water dripping from melting icicles. It really is a beautiful song.

Ti Ki 4/5
While I feel this is the 'weakest' song on the CD, it is still fantastic. It carries on from the end of Ba Ba with out-of-time chimes and bells, with quiet thumps and rustling in the background. This continues up until around 2:00 again, at which point the rustling becomes louder and consistent, and the beeps become elongated and sharper. Then the rhythmic beeping fades in. The first time I heard this, I cringed; it sounds so harsh compared to the rest of the sounds, and seems to break up the song.
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