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Somewhere back in the mid-90's a fresh faced Brazilian ex-pat living in the UK decided he was going to put down his harmonica, pick up a sampler, and name himself after a Stephen King novel. The resulting album, Cujo's 'Adventures In Foam' (released on Ninebar records, later reissued on Ninja Tune) signaled Amon Tobin's entry into the world of music. Well actually ... Read more in Amazon's Amon Tobin Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B000N0QXHQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,119,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bloodstone
2. Esther's
3. Keep Your Distance
4. The Killer's Vanilla
5. Kitchen Sink
6. Horsefish
7. Foley Room
8. Big Furry Head
9. Ever Falling
10. Always
11. Straight Psyche
12. At The End Of The Day

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Amon Tobin is a 'tinkerer'; I think that's the best way to explain this complex musician. Exploring the music that exists around him, deconstructing it and then fusing it together again appear to be his method of music making. Tobin's new album Foley Room, is an album of deep intricacy that demands attention from the listener but which has hidden within it a great deal of reward.

So, what is a Foley Room I hear you ask? If you've ever watched a film and wondered how all the cool sound effects are made then wonder no more because the Foley Room is the place where sound is experimented with, so that sci-fi film can have some cool sound effects. This is what Tobin has done for his new project, though instead of tinkering in some little room he has took his music crafting out into the open. Armed with some microphones he has recorded the mundane sounds of water dripping from a tap and motorbikes starting and cooked them all up into the most intricate and complex of music being made at the moment. Grabbing your Fender and banging out a couple of barre chords this is not! This is Kid A-era Radiohead, music that you are not going to understand on first listen, and to be perfectly honest you're probably not going to like either. It's not easy music to listen to.

If you want to listen to easy electronic music go and buy an album by label mates Coldcut, or if you are looking for some music to have playing in the background of your dinner party go and listen to coffee table favourite Moby. This is music to think about, music that will reward you if stuck with, and it will gradually reveal to you more and more of its myriad of musical wonder. Like something by Aphex Twin or Bjork you will want to pat yourself on the back for sticking with this album because it is good, it is beautiful and it's just a little bit..weird. --Ben Ashmore

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mindpower on 10 Jun. 2007
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The great thing about this album is that most existing fans will love it, yet it offers new directions and angles compared with previous Amon Tobin material. The delicacy and sparsity of some of the samples and instruments reminds me a little of DJ Krush, whilst the incredible percussion and programming is there in all its usual stunning style and imagination. I put this CD on in my car and it sounded like I had a new sound system, the production is so amazing. Whilst I understand the other reviewers' thoughts on the more experimental tracks, after just a few spins I like everything on the CD. It somehow makes you feel like you're living life in a movie, with the music listening to you as much as the other way round: eerie. Tobin's tunes don't just evoke scenes, eras and atmospheres, they actually make you feel as if you've experienced these scenes for real, as if in a previous life. The first two tracks really blew me away on first listen, even though I had high expectations; completely fascinating music. I've also got a DVD with it which I look forward to checking out.. Amen, Amon!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joseph Cox on 4 Dec. 2008
Format: Vinyl
Most people know Tobin for his brilliant talent at creating the most vivid and deep tapestries of ambience with only the aid of existing samples 'supermodified' beyond recognition: but this album is a huge step forward for Tobin, and a massive leap for the sounds that have been created.
Every motorbike, machine, satellite dish and tiger has been painstakingly recorded over a three year period, allowing Amon to fulfill even the wildest and eccentric audio fantasies. The track that best demonstrates this is the pulsing 'Kitchen Sink', recorded entirely from nothing but the appropriate kitchen utensil, creating a breathing mass of sounds and melodies that will make you look at your wash-basin in a completely different way.
This is what seems to be the occurring theme throughout the album: organically living samples, enduring their everyday lives on their own, but together molding into a palate of sound that has never been created before. The inclusion of improvising musicians furthers this: with guest appearances from the renowned 'Kronos Quartet' and several other instrumentalists.
It's not all just experimental object abuse: Tobin still includes some heavy break-beat tracks, one of the best being the title track: an explosive exploration of what can be achieved with a drum kit. A 'Foley Room' is a completely 'dead' room: no ambience, no echoes, no reverb, no life (the complete opposite to the frantic snare-driven train). This allows a sample to be recorded exactly as it should sound with no interference from outside variables like the environment, and provides pure audio: ripe for mutilating in any shape conceivable.
But the highlight of the album is the closing track, 'At the End of the Day': sun kissed strings blend with a haunting synth melody to create a fitting curtain call to an extraordinary project.
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I suppose the easiest way to describe Amon's music on this album is that he uses "found sound". By that, I mean he records a lot of incidental everyday or industrial process "noise" (in Montreal) then creates music from it. The tittle here reflects that - a foley room is were sound effects are added to films. You will hear string instruments from the Kronos Quartet so a bit of a cross-over recording!
The standout track for me is "The Killer's Vanilla". "Kitchen Sink" unsurprisingly give a strong sense of manipulated "watery" sound effects but melds a lot of percussive sound as well as fast stereo panning. Horsefish" (great title) includes harp sounds that evokes a strong sense of mystery & can imagine it accompanying scenes from films which strengthens the whole cinematic theme of The Foley Room. Even the cover art reflects the origins.
The recording quality is good, given the constraints of field recording - no hint of nasty amplitude compression artefacts here! Expect your bass cones to get some moderate exercise when playing this!
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