Label: Schedios Link: Myspace Ambient is a term far overused when referring to minimalist compositions, but for Peter Broderick's semi-classical Three Film Score Intakes it seems to fit perfectly. As the score starts, whispering trains pass by, signals change, and piano chords, thoughtfully placed, punctuate an almost unheard violin backing. One would call this background music if it didn't encourage such concentration. Contemplative, but more forceful than the first, the second Intake sees violin leading over a crackling of wires and the continuing piano motif. The third is, by comparison to the earlier tracks, almost upbeat as the piano again pushes to the front, the earth rumbles, and semi-abruptly, the score ends. Three Film Score Intakes is, as the name suggests, the soundtrack to a short film by Matt Clark entitled Passenger. Broderick's composition style fits perfectly; evocative, and cinematic in its own right. It may be the connection to trains, but I feel something reminiscent of Jon Brion's work for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind here. Better than that though, one feels a story is being told through the music alone, and while what I've seen of the Clark's film is beautiful, this is an complete object in its own right. It's hard to criticise a work of this kind, any supposed flaws in the body can be argued to be required by the companion film, and consequently inherent to this type of media. That said, while there's a spectrum of emotions portrayed here, its a rainbow of greys. There's little joy, which may have lifted what is a rather heavy piece of work. Nit-picking aside, this is a great EP, all things being right with the world I would recommend you go and get a copy. However, where this logic falls down is that Three Film Score Intakes was produced as a very limited run of 200, 3” CDs in hand stitched cases, all of which disappeared back in May, so you can't. Don't be jealous though, I don't have one either. What I do recommend though, is that you have a look into Broderick's back catalogue either as a solo artist, or as part of the Danish 'Efterklang' collective. He is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, and this work is a jewel in an otherwise very sparkling mound. Photobucket