- Audio CD (5 Mar. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD, Colour
- Label: Ninja Tune
- ASIN: B000N0WY6K
- 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: 163,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Foley Room CD+DVD, Colour
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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truly amazing. Amon Tobin pushes the boundaries of sound design and electronic music once again. If you only buy one Amon Tobin album, make sure it is Foley room. Read morePublished on 10 April 2010 by S. Banks
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. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2007 by Mindpower