started as an exercise on nostalgia meet fashionable electronic music. I’ve
been asked in the past few years to score in a specific, “modern” style,
inspired by late takes on electronic music like Cliff Martinez,
electro-acoustic soundtracks like Johann Johansen and Clint Mansell and more
abstract stuff like Alva Noto, Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
pushed me to revisit this recent and fashionable styles were really reticent
to go in a more traditional, old-fashioned electronic school that proved to
be very successful and efficient in film scoring on the 70’s and 80’s. Most
notably the works of people like Vangelis and Giorgio Moroder. Now, that was
outdated and dowdy. But as we know, what’s dated today will be fashionable
again tomorrow and eventually I played the (illegal, I know) “Esper Edition”
of the Blade Runner OST (that I cherish) to somebody who was crazy
with the vintage sounds of Drive soundtrack and realized that, at
least those old styles were “in” again.
the analog sounds, it was the compositions that charmed me when I was a kid
and that I was missing the most in recent “electro-years”. Those “themes” and melodies spiced by electronica,
those arrangements that could sound almost baroque and out-dated now.
I’ve found myself going back to those LPs I own, full of
melodies and yet deeply electronic, from my first purchases (Wendy Carlos
and Isao Tomita) to the recent Sakamoto haunting piano with
electro-glitches collaborations, through Vangelis and Giorgio and some
Here for you,
an hour of electronic themes; synthetizers and acoustic instruments,
programming and real performances, melodies, chord changes and soundscapes;
all as an homage to those
D.D. Paris, 20th
Tomita’s (Ice Flakes)
Total time 64:15
performed by Daniel Diaz in Paris (France), Buenos Aires and Villa Gessell (
Argentina) during 2012-2013-2014.
used : various analog, digital and software synthesizers, acoustic piano,
acoustic guitars, electric and acoustic basses, upright bass (bowed and pizz),
cristal baschet, ondes martenot, crystal bowls, ukulele, vibes.
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