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ARTIST
TITLE
OST Berlin Babylon
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
RTD 3839CD RTD 3839CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/30/2001

"The project: Berlin Babylon is the soundtrack for the same titled documentary movie by Berlin director Hubertus Siegert. Berlin after the fall of the Wall. Observations on the radical reconstruction process in the city's centre. Pictures of a never-ending Babylonian building site. Assembled into a documentary vision. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the German capital has been striving to overcome its catastrophic past, trying to recover the city structure that had been destroyed in the 20th century, to construct in an attempt to shake off the shadows. The film shows pictures of a city undergoing radical changes. It's about real estate, about investors, politicians and city planners being observed in work situations. No interviews, no statements. The music provides the commentary. A Babylonian civilisation tale about the violence of building lives on in the reunited metropolis. New departures turned into stone. The music that comments this film is by Einstürzende Neubauten, a band that could not be better suited to the theme; a band whose twenty-year history and even its name are rooted in Berlin. Although the band didn't know about director Hubertus Siegert's project at the time, 'Die Befindlichkeit des Landes' (The State of Mind of the Country), a track off their latest album, 'Silence is Sexy', already dealt with this permanent building site in Berlin's centre, and so the thoughts that had originally been conceived in isolation from each other, came together -- expressed in music on the one hand and in cinematic pictures on the other. Apart from 'Die Befindlichkeit des Landes', which features in different versions, all other tracks are original compositions. The soundtrack is completed by a text penned by Walter Benjamin, presented by actress Angela Winkler, and an excerpt of Ludwig van Beethoven's 'Symphony No. 3'."