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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

by Phillip Johnston

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sumbuk A fun set of pieces , this was done as a soundtrack to an old silent movie. A jazz quintet with somewhat unusual instrumentation, this bounces around a bit stylistically.
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Prelude 02:31


This album contains music that was composed as a soundtrack which is performed live with the The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) by Lotte Reiniger, a silent silhouette animation, considered by many to be the first feature length animated film, and based upon One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales often known in English as The Arabian Nights. The music, which when performed with the film comprises a continuous score of 65 minutes, is here broken into individual tracks. It is performed live by a quartet of soprano sax, trombone, and two keyboards, against a pre-recorded track of samples, loops and live drums.

Phillip Johnston has been composing and performing original scores for silent films for 25 years. His previous silent film scores include The Unknown (Browning, 1927), The Merry Frolics of Méliès (Méliès, 1902-1909), Page of Madness (Kinugasa, 1926), Faust (Murnau, 1926), the first three of which have been previously released on CD. [Wordless!, his collaboration with graphic artist Art Spiegelman, is also a variant on this kind of work.] The film and music have been performed across Australia, including the Sydney VIVID Festival, MONA FOMA and the Woodford Folk Festival. As of this writing it has yet to be performed overseas.


released October 26, 2018

Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
James Greening: trombone
Alister Spence: organ, keyboards
Casey Golden: organ, keyboards
Nic Cecire: drums

All tracks by Phillip Johnston © Jedible Music (BMI)

Recorded in Aug/Sep 2013 at Q Studios, Sydney

Record and pre-mix engineer: Richard Hundy

Final mix and mastering by Paul Bromley/Tanuki Studios

Cover design: Keith Lobue

Special thanks to: Milestone Films, British Film Institute, Kino Films, AIM/Q Studios, Newcastle Conservatorium, (Richard Vella, Colin Spiers, Philip Matthias).

Web: www.phillipjohnston.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/phillip.johnston.92


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Phillip Johnston Sydney, Australia

Phillip Johnston is an American composer/ saxophonist who lives in Sydney, Australia. His interests include jazz, contemporary scores for silent film, the history of film music and comics.

His work includes jazz and contemporary composition, and music for film, silent film, theater, musical theater, dance, songs, and a variety of ensembles.
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