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Blue Potential (CD+DVD)


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Satelite
  • ASIN: B001MNRVYW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
Mixing classical music and dance music is not as daft an idea as it first appears. Philip Glass and Steve Reich have had their music overhauled via orchestration and "Clubbed To Death" did this with magnificent results a few years ago, indeed it's one of those pieces of music that is still all prevalent as backing music on TV. I wonder how much of the material on "Blue Potential" will work its way invidiously into our consciousness via the magic rectangle?

Anyone familiar with Jeff Mill's music may be forgiven for thinking that his hard edged techno is way too angular to juxtapose easily with the softer rounded tones of classical music but via the arrangements of collaborator Thomas Roussel and the exemplary playing of the Montpelier National Orchestra this is a mostly successful and satisfying melding of two disparate genres. The music is terrific , thrilling even , with the juddering propulsive excitement of Mills originals given more punch , weight and emotional clout and the orchestra adeptly cope with some of the more challenging passages. The pauses in between tracks are a bit grating , it would have been quite something it if the concert had been mixed into one continuous sequence but even so nothing can bleach tracks like "Bells", "Daylight" or Eclipse" of their power and impressionistic glow. The Roussel penned opener called imaginatively "Opening" is great as well, adding just the right amount of expectancy and the ominous.

The accompanying DVD was recorded outside the Pont Du Gard in Provence and shows the classical musicians performing with gusto and enthusiasm. Mills , situated to one side of the stage doesn't indulge himself in any rock star poses or messianic posturing which is a relief , content to let the music take centre stage as it should.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. J. Burgess on 30 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you are a techno purist, who has no time for music in it's true sense (i.e. an art which constantly pushes and blurs boundaries with no regard for arrogant pigeon-holeing and categorisation), look away now.

Mills has again proven his ability to share a concept rather than a simple melodic line through his latest production. Having his classic techno tracks scored for a full philharmonic orchestra is no mean feat in itself, and it should have failed in a practical, sonic and melodic sense. Indeed most orchestras would probably go on strike at the thought of trying to play techno pieces for the pleasure of a mixed crowd. I say it should have failed, but somehow, Mills, with the help of a fantastic orchestral performance, manages to pull it off. From the intro right through to the rousing version of the classic "The Bells", the instrumentation used to represent Mills' electronic sounds from the original records constantly surprises, grabs the listeners attention and moves on relentlessley as Mills furiously provides the beats.

This CD / DVD is at home as lounge music as it is at full volume on the road. Take no regard of your musical preference, buy this album, and open your mind to this 'one off' - this is unique and original. Add to this the glorious backdrop of the Pont du Gard and you don't just have a piece of music, but an event, a concept and an experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R HILL on 19 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jeff Mills' techno tracks played by and Orchestra!!!!!?

This reminds me of the concept Metallica tried a few years back and this album works in kinda the same way as in some tracks work better than others. The instrumental tracks from Metropolis and some of the more melodic tracks from The Three Ages work really well and the Bells really gets the crowd going but sometimes the musicians are struggling to keep up with the fast tempo on some tracks but you've got to give credit to anyone attempting a unique and daring concept like this. The bonus DVD footage is also a treat, its very well filmed and really captures the mood. Overall a very worthy addition for any Mills fan or anyone who likes something away from the norm, although maybe not one for your die hard techno fanatics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By greenlight on 6 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
This isn't so much of a review as more of a buyers tip, don't pay the extortionate prices this is being positioned at via the amazon marketplace, you can get this brand new direct from Tresor, Berlin for 20 euros, about £17.00 then.

And yes it is definitely worth owning, I first saw the DVD of this at the Sonar festival in 2006 and was impressed at how these techno classics could have been so effectively re-arranged for an orchestra. It's a bold and innovative project and I think it's seen a renaissance recently with the likes of the Bays and Heritage orchestra at the london jazz festival and Carl Craig's 'recomposed' project on Deutsche Grammophon, all of which represent genuine fusions of classical and electronic music and are worthy of your attention.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Jenkinson on 8 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
A daring and valid attempt by Jeff Mills to crowbar classical and Techno. Now I am an avid fan, got all his stuff, I mean everything but this is just a bit short of the mark I feel. Very well filmed stunningly lush well produced DVD but if you dont love Jeff dont buy, you will be bored within the first 10 minutes.Theres nothing worse than watching/listening to a full orchestra play things that should be played by machines...they can not play with enough repetative precission and most actually look bored with the 'job' in hand. It works on most levels to a point but seems just like a 'raising the profile to other types' of film. Again I really like Mr. Mills (even though he can be a bit anal)so not really for the die hard mills fan either, watched it and turned it off before it finished. Not like me at all.
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