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Untold Things - Jocelyn Pook

Jocelyn Pook Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Jocelyn Pook graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1983 where she studied the viola. Following a three year tour with The Communards, Jocelyn has performed with pop acts as diverse as Massive Attack, Meat Loaf, and P J Harvey but has now also developed an outstanding reputation as an imaginative and talented composer. Among the films she has scored are; Stanley ... Read more in Amazon's Jocelyn Pook Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Realworld
  • ASIN: B000056P0Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dionysus
2. Red Song
3. Upon This Rock
4. Yellow Fever Psalm
5. Hell, Fire And Damnation
6. Take Off Your Veil
7. The Last Day
8. Saints And Sinners
9. Butterfly Song
10. Calls, Cries and Clamours
11. Saffron

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Jocelyn Pook is the viola player and jingle composer who gave us the music for the Delta Airlines and Orange adverts, the latter featuring the sampled voice of Kathleen Ferrier singing "Blow the Wind Southerly". Five of the 11 tracks on her latest album, Untold Things, are also built around samples, in this case world musics of a mostly middle eastern flavour. Pook's contribution on these tracks is to extend the inflections of the sample, colour in the background, mimic the nasal singing and underpin it with a ubiquitous drone. Born of the samples, Pook's music is folksy and modal. Even the six tracks not governed by sampling sound as if they are. The drone and the flattened seconds and sevenths are still there. One of the constant factors is the haunting, breathy voice of Melanie Pappenheim, who spends most of her life in recording studios. She sings an invented, meaningless language, a sort of lazy scat, so that it is only possible to identify tracks by the instruments used. Yet this proves difficult because in "Butterfly Song" a hefty bass is heard but not listed and in "Saints and Sinners" a wind instrument like a crumhorn is clearly audible yet uncredited. In fact you cannot be sure that you are listening to what you are listening to at all. In the end, the lethal combination of frustration and monotony do for this product. --Rick Jones

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, refreshing, invigorating! 12 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I only became aware of Jocelyn Pook's music a few days ago when a CMN Tours sampler came through my door and what has followed has been a total revelation. On it was a track entitled 'Butterfly Song' which caught my attention not only because it is hideously beautiful but also because it is sung backwards. It began as the starting point for the music to Granada TV's 'The Butterfly Collectors' in 1999. Using a poem about a garden by James I, it then turns this backwards and fits the instrumentation around the melody of the new language. The verses are interspersed with Pook's wonderfully composed string section and her on piano. (The version on the album and on the free disc are rather different). It is as if other music suddenly has something missing. I think it would be wrong to pass off the sound which Jocelyn has created as merely a fusion of experimental classical with world music as her imagination takes the listener to some third place. Having worked in both classical and popular fields, she has envisioned and executed something which feels entirely fresh and new - and yet is based on traditional music of sort or another. This is album not to be missed - if I could award it six stars I would!
The album opens with the instantly enchanting, pulsating rhythms of 'Dionysus', which is rather atypical of the recording. As soon as I heard the opening bars in the record shop I knew that I would end up buying it. 'Red Song' (which closed the live set which I saw) opens the broader direction of the album using as it does diverse samples from Verdi and Byelorussian and Tartar music. Elsewhere there are samples from Persian classical and Yemenite Jewish music. For some much of the remainder of the album won't be immediately easy on the ear.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful 23 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
Consider a mix of celtic and eastern music...simply exquisite. I have no hesitation is recommending this to anyone who wants to sit back, relax and be taken over by the music. Check out Yellow Fever, how does someone sing backwards and still appear tuneful?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So relaxing! 20 Feb 2004
By C LcMcB
Format:Audio CD
I bought the CD for the track Dyonisus which features in the Gangs of New York CD (which I strongly recommend as well!)& I wasn't disappointed. The music is very unusual and soothing, I love to listen to it after a hard day at work, I think it works well as a background music too, and it will definitely be a talking point if you play it while you have some guests! Thumbs up for this brilliant music!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted fusion, a pleasure to listen to 3 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This work is a blend of west and east, and works very well. The use of orchestral instruments is well judged and complements the tones taken from the eastern samples.
This is a pleasant and relaxing work, without being sleepy, and introduces unfamiliar but welcome sounds in a well-crafted way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but wonderful 11 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this after enjoying the soundtrack to Habitación en Roma, written by Jocelyn Pook.

I enjoyed this too, but it's tricky stuff to categorise and say what it's 'like'; think programme music, ebbing and flowing sound-scapes, sustained chords, wordless chanting, touch of new-age and world musicwith unusual instrumentation. "Song to the Siren" by This Mortal Coil came to mind, also Kate Bush in "The Dreaming".

It's certainly not for everyone, but sit in a darkened room with candles and some mood-altering drugs (red wine for me, officer!) it's rather wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 6 Sep 2013
By rosie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the third Jocelyn Pook CD I have now. It is wonderful as are the others. It arrived very quickly with a lovely little hand written note from the seller. I couldn't be happier with CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frankly weird, a mash-up, but definitely haunting 11 July 2012
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:MP3 Download
I had never heard of Jocelyn Pook, till a friend sent me a link to a YouTube video of a piece of `sacred style' Western choral singing composed by her, very much in Early Music polyphony mode (which I love) However I also love the strange atonal, dissonant singing and ululations of Arabic music. And it turns out that Ms Pook, best known for film and TV sound tracks, (Eyes Wide Shut, by all accounts propelled her to a wider audience) works with a fusion of Western classical, and strands of world music which clearly pull in threads from the Balkans, the Middle East, India, and she also incorporates more modern, electronic techniques - reverb, sampled sounds. And then there is a rich and sumptuous vein of high romantic and lyrical use of Western classical strings, lush and emotional. And some up-beat, tabla driven rhythmic numbers, which invite the listener to groove, move and sway

This shouldn't really work, somehow it does! For an impressively detailed track by track review, see the top listed Spotlight review - the big disadvantage of mp3 downloads, is all the missing info you'd get with the CD sleeve insert! Personally I found the more dance upbeat numbers didn't work quite as alluringly as the other tracks, missing the stranger, more unusual quality of the other, intensely emotional tracks, hence I have pulled back from 5 stars. But I am busily listening to more of Ms Pook!
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