Can’s Irmin Schmidt Unveils Filmmusik


Double CD includes
selections from both TV and cinema, including Wenders’ Palermo Shooting.


By Blurt Staff


Can keyboardist Irmin Schmidt has just released Filmmusik Anthology Vol 4&5 on Mute
/ Spoon. Fans of the band will also know the virtuoso pianist’s other gig, as a
composer, conductor and film scorer.


This double CD release follows 1994’s Anthology Soundtracks 1978 -1993 and contains a selection of
Schmidt’s works over the last 10 years for 20 different films for both the big
screen and television. The anthology includes tracks from the critically
acclaimed German TV series Bloch and
and the award winning film Schneeland.


Filmmusik Anthology Vol. 4&5 also
includes eight tracks from the original score of the latest Wim Wenders film, Palermo Shooting, which premiered in the
Official Selection of the Cannes
film festival 2008. The complete original film score is available digitally on
Mute. (The photo above shows Wenders, left, with Schmidt.)

In other Schmidt news, he has been commissioned by the Ludwigsburger
Schlossfestspiele (Ludwigsburg Castle Festival) to present an evening of
orchestrations of his work for film in summer 2010. A selection of pieces (some
included on the album Filmmusik Anthology
Vol 4&5
) will be transcribed for orchestra and the concert will be
conducted by the composer himself. The event is being organised in co-operation
with the Baden-Würtemburg
Film Academy.
In addition Schmidt will be holding a series of workshops at the film school.





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