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Very happy to announce my label Unit Shifter will release Sort Symfoni, the new album of previously unreleased film score music by Danish film composer Frans Bak. Available for pre-order now on vinyl and digital at Bandcamp

About the album in Frans' own words:

I have worked with the Danish Director, Birger Larsen, from his first movie, "Dance of The Polar bears" (1990) until his last, "The Reunion" (2016). In 2001 we were on our first crime project, "Wallander" The Fifth Woman, a 4-piece TV show for Swedish television. This would lead to many more crime series and movies, "The Killing" among them. Until then we had done mainly family related movies, so this was a new step for us.

Birger wanted to try a new approach to the genre and also in the music. We worked with the editor Jacob Thuesen, who had some ideas on music which at that point were new to us. He asked me to compose some long pieces of music - searching the dark side - and then he would use them in his editing. So I did.

We were offered 2 days of recording with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The only problem was this was way before the editing was finished, so we had no picture to work with. We wouldn't miss this great opportunity so we decided to record these long dark pieces. At that time I had a close relationship with Ture Larsen, who helped with the orchestration of these pieces. He did such a great job, and Birger and I went to Stockholm to record September 10-11 2001.

This was a special session. The orchestra was on fire and we decided to work late on the first day so we could finish the recordings. The next morning we woke up and saw the two planes crash into the World Trade Center, and the world changed.

So many things happened in the next period and the music for this project also changed a lot. I have listened many times to the music from this session, wanting to bring it to life again somehow. Last year I started working with the experimental electronic artist Spejderrobot, and invited him to participate in this.

We split the recordings into 4 movements and I felt Spejderrobot brought it to life, and into a new world, adding his very personal sound to the project. Together with my musical partner Keld Haaning Ibsen, we now have finalized this, and are very proud to present this work.

releases April 21, 2018

Composed by Frans Bak
Arranged by Ture Larsen
Recorded at Sveriges Radio by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, September 10-11 2001.
Rearranged by Spejderrobot in Copenhagen 2017
Mastered by Antony Ryan at RedRedPaw Mastering
Cover art by Kim de la Roi Orneborg

635 Mar 2018 Youtube

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