RON GEESIN & ROGER WATERS - Soundtrack From The Body[ This Place Records TPR CD 009 ]London studios, January-March 1970 01. Sea Shell And Stone02. Sea Shell And Soft Stone (short version)03. Breathe04. The Womb Bit05. Chain Of Life06. Embryo Thought07. March Past Of The Embryos08. Embryonic Womb-Walk09. Bridge Passage For Three Plastic Teeth10. Bedtime-Dream-Clime11. Hand Dance - Ful Evening Dress12. A Gentle Breeze Blew Through Life13. A Gentle Breeze Blew Through Life (reprise)14. Epidermal attacks15. Hair Raising Experience16. Lick Your Parners17. Sea Shell And Soft Stone (long version)18. Piddle In Perspex19. Mrs. Throat Goes Walking20. Heat Waves21. The Endless Run22. Old Folks Ascension23. Asleep And Still Moving24. Feed The Children25. Red Stuff Writhe26. More Than Seven Dwarfs In Penis-Land27. Keep Pumping28. Dance Of The Red Corpuscles29. Air Syncopation30. Brain Convergence31. Give Birth To A Smile32. bonus: Food For Life (Roger Waters narration)Music recorded by Ron Geesin in London, Notting Hill, 208 Ladbroke Grove, excepttracks 1,3,5,31 recorded by Roger Waters in London, Isington, 186 New North Road(with Floyd members helping on track 31). Source: "The Body" DVD, released in October 2013.All tracks taken from the DVD bonus footage with isolated music, excepttracks 1,3,24,32 taken from the main film.
Details:This is the soundtrack from the 1970 documentary film "The Body", as it appearsin the film but without the dialogs/narrations. It was recorded early 1970 andis different from the EMI album "Music From The Body" (for the album, Geesin andWaters re-recorded the music in August and September 1970, adding two songs thatwere not part of the original film: "Our Song" and "Body Transport").This audio release features the original versions, before the re-recordingsessions. Furthermore, tracks 14,15,20,21,23,24,27,29,30 are compositions thatwere not included in the "Music From The Body" album.The main source for this release is the audio from the bonus footage includedin "The Body" DVD, where 38 minutes of isolated music are available. However,this is not a simple audio rip from the DVD track, because the DVD bonus trackhas 4 problems: speed, completeness, fluctuations, crackles.1) SpeedThe audio on the DVD suffers from the well known problem due to the process oftransferring motion picture film into video, resulting in an increase of audiopitch by about 0.679 of a semitone. In other words, the music on the DVD (boththe main film and the bonus footage) is too high compared to the real pitch.This is obvious when you compare the music with the tracks on the official"Music From the Body" CD. Therefore, the speed was corrected for this release.2) CompletenessThe bonus footage on the DVD with the isolated music does not include the first3 tracks that can be heard on the film (the suite "Sea Shell And Stone" - "SeaShell And Soft Stone" - "Breathe"). The suite has been restored here, by takingthe audio from the film itself for tracks 1 and 3 (hopefully there is no dialogduring these songs) and by rebuilding track 2 from track 17 ("Sea Shell AndSoft Stone" that appears at the beginning of the film is an edited version fromthe one that appears later and was available on the bonus footage of the DVD).A small musical portion that can be heard during the film when children are fed,is also absent from the DVD bonus. It has been restored here, in its correctplace (track 24).
3) FluctuationsThe isolated music available on the DVD has the advantage to avoid any dialogor narration, but the levels fluctuate very often: there are plenty of momentswhen the volume suddenly drops, because it corresponds to portions on the filmwhere someone speaks above the music. All these fluctuations have been manuallycorrected for the present audio release, in order to have a constant volume forthe musical content. Note that, as a result, some parts are more hissy thanothers (they correspond to the parts where music levels were low and had to beboosted).4) CracklesThere were some crackles and drop-outs in the DVD audio tracks. They have beenmanually cleaned. Note that the soundtrack from the main film had more cracklesthan the audio on the bonus part, and needed more cleaning than the rest. Even if most of the music was composed by Ron Geesin (Roger Waters only wrote"Sea Shell And Stone", "Sea Shell And Soft Stone", "Breathe", "Chain Of Life"and "Give Birth To A Smile"), the work on this soundtrack had an impact onFloyd's history. The most obvious one is the involvement of Ron Geesin in thearrangement of "Atom Heart Mother". There are also two elements on this filmsoundtrack that were later used by Pink Floyd. First, the child's laughter thatcan be heard at some point during "Chain Of Life", was later used by the Floydduring their performance of "Embryo" at the 16Jul70 BBC concert. But mostimportantly, the technique of Ron Geesin using multiple voices during severalof his pieces ("whooo's") clearly influenced the Floyd for the effects at thevery end of "Echoes", the next year.This audio release is the perfect companion to the official "Music From TheBody" album. It is based on the isolated music available on "The Body" DVD,but runs at correct speed, is more complete (46 minutes instead of 38), andhas been carefully cleaned and remastered. The last track is offered here asa bonus, and contains the narration of Roger Waters during the film sequence about the amount of food that can be eaten during 50 years of life.Enjoy!MOBNovember 2013
Really looking forward to listening to this - thank you!
thanks MOB, anxious to hear this...and Dr. F. , a hug from this far land.goa
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