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Your favourite movie soundtracks #1: Stan Tontas

Posted: August 6th, 2007, by Simon Minter

The Birds

The most famous Hitchcock / Herrmann collaboration may be Psycho, but The Birds is much more interesting. No nervy violin stabs, no music at all. The Birds is all about silence.

When the birds gather, they cackle and chatter. They sound like birds but somehow wrong, unnatural and that’s because you aren’t listening to birds, but to tape spooling.

When the birds attack, the tape spooling becomes an enveloping, wheeling riot.

But at the most chilling points in the film, there is silence. And all you can do is listen for the birds to return.

Buy The Birds in diskant’s Amazon.co.uk store

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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