Monday, January 08, 2007

Aural Film Noir Excursions

I apologize for posting so infrequently lately, but I have been in the process of looking for a new job and I am moving in with my girlfriend at the end of January. This will give you a chance to explore the archives of Eclectic Grooves. Please let me know if anything needs reposted, as I will be checking my e-mail every day.

I was inspired to create this mix after viewing many film noir movies such as Touch of Evil, The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man. I loved these films and appreciated that the music was almost another character in the dark and seedy streets of crime, corruption, deception and lust. The music in film noir movies is decidely slow and moody with mostly smoky jazz that complements the cool detachment of the characters portrayed in the films.

My general idea was to create a mix tape of songs that would fit in a 40's/50's film noir crime drama, but one in which none of the songs were actually from a movie soundtrack(Jim Jarmusch featured the Mulatu Estatke song on the Broken Flowers soundtrack, but I had already planned on this song going on here before Broken Flowers was released). This mix was completed after six months of painstakingly piecing together songs evoking the spirit of a modern-day film noir with snippets of audio taken from classics in the genre. This mix is stylistically all over the map with a heady mix of Jazz, Electronic, Rock, Folk, Country and International music.

I have posted the entire mix for you to download along with the CD cover art in a separate file. If you download this mix, please share it freely with your friends. If anyone wants me to take down the artwork for this mix due to copyright restrictions, please let me know. I hope you enjoy the mix as much as I enjoyed compiling it. It was definitely a labor of love, so I would love to hear what you think.

Aural Film Noir Excursions and Cover Art

Film Noir Links

Film Noir Bibliography of Materials in UC Berkeley Library

Filmsite- Film Noir

Images- Ten Shades of Noir

IMDB Top 50 film noir movies

The Shadows of Film Noir

Classic Noir

Martin's Film Noir Page

Soundtrack and Compilation Links

Film Noir

White Heat: Film Noir

Murder Is My Beat: Classic Film Noir Themes and Scenes

Spectrum- Thrilling 60's Film Noir Themes

Ultra Noir

Touch of Evil

The Third Man

Elevator to the Gallows