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On April 24th, 2010, Dave Douglas and experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison unveiled their multimedia collaboration, Spark Of Being, at Stanford University. On film, it stands as a reinterpretation of that Frankenstein myth using new, archival, and distressed footage. The themes, penned by Douglas for his Grammy-nominated band Keystone, integrate electronics seamlessly into the improvised music, piecing sounds and movement together to make three strikingly different Creatures.
SOUNDTRACK is literally the soundtrack to the film by Bill Morrison.
EXPAND contains the ‘straight’ performances of themes written for the film.
BURST includes themes recorded at the session that did not appear in the film.
released August 24, 2010
Dave Douglas, trumpet, laptop
Marcus Strickland, tenor saxophone
Adam Benjamin, Fender Rhodes
Brad Jones, Ampeg baby bass
Gene Lake, drums
DJ Olive, turntables, laptop
Recorded January 2020 at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University
Recorded by Geoff Countryman
Edited, mixed, and mastered by Geoff Countryman, Tyler McDairmid, and Dave Douglas
Produced by Dave Douglas
Cover image from engraving by J. Robert Et Potier, 1749
Back cover image from a photo by Hurley Dairy, 1862
Inside images from sketches by Ernst Haeckel, 1862
Design: Dave Douglas and Jim Tuerk
Production oversight: Jim Tuerk
All compositions by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)