The Parco della Musica Records disc, “Ears Wide Shut,” is a double CD designed as a tribute to Stanley Kubrick. A true journey into Kubrick’s cinematic imagination through reinterpretations of excerpts from his films and many original compositions. In the folds of the sound fabric one will be able to perceive, sometimes hidden and sometimes manifest, the music of, among others, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, György Ligeti, Kristof Penderecki, Herny Purcell, Oscar Levant, Jocelyn Pook, and Georg Friedrich Haendel.
Originally created as a soundtrack of sequences from Kubrick films, in landing on disc, without the images, the autonomy of the dense sound plot created by Mauro Campobasso and Mauro Manzoni is enhanced, with its network of suggestions, inventions, masquerades, and developments. Free from visual conditioning, the authors rethought the narrative arc of the composition as a purely musical function, as an auditory adventure in an acoustic labyrinth. What emerges is a new creative narrative that traverses Kubrick ‘s universe and illuminates it by revealing forms that are not monolithic but mobile, open. Music and image are fused in the exploration of emotional stages and the eventual consequences that are generated.
It is the language of contemporary jazz, which grants musicians ample forms and modes of expression related to both improvisation and composition, that allow them to take their hands full in the Bronx master’s musical repertoire, reinvent it, relocate it in the most unexpected places with malice or absolute casualness. A journey into sound and the intimate relationship that images take towards it.