Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2016 May 16 • Monday

The 413th Soundtrack of the Week is Zbigniew Preisner's music for White.

The second of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, White (for Equality), is, as I remember it, an uneasy attempt at an anti-romantic comedy about a man's determination to get revenge on his ex-wife.

I don't remember much about it other than that it might have been at least border-line misogynistic and that Zbigniew Preisner's score was one of my favorites.

It's essentially one very reflective, lonely, beautiful theme arranged for a minimum of instruments, with the flute most often the featured voice.

In the early Dim Sum Clip Job days I threw together a sort of Frankenstein's monster of a piece that was all bits of other pieces, starting with a bass line from a John Patton tune, adding a chunk of music from Barry Gray's Stingray theme and so on. A bit of the melody from White ended up in there too.

This is maybe as close as a film soundtrack gets to a reflecting pool or a rock garden, gorgeous and still and relaxing.