Saturday, March 17, 2012

Minimatikon - The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (2011)

Minimatikon (band)

Konrad Zawadzki - vocals, sounds, noise
Dawid Lewandowski - guitar, vocal, sounds
Marcin Yadach - double bass, bass guitar
Janek Kiedrzyński - drums
Marcin A. Steczkowski - keyboards, trumpet, sounds
Mariusz Godzina - saxophones

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (2011)

(Editor) Soundtracks can be divided into bad (independent enough that can be listened without film) or good (not independent enough to be listened separately from film). This one is closer to this second category. I really wish I could listen to it while watching film! It sounds enough intriguing, dark and oneiric to make me curious how this two elements, music and film, coexist together. But even without film I cannot say that its rehearsal is unsatisfactory. It shows that Marcin Staczkowski (leader) and his partners are clearly making progress since they started in 2010 as The Transgress ("Oneisrism op. 1") and in 2011 released very promising EP "Romanian Beach" (2011) by their next band Orange The Juice. Names of the bands change but core personnel remains the same which is beneficial to the music of this ensemble which is becoming more mature, coherent, deep. Saying all this positive things I still must notice that there are also on this CD weaker moments. For example pulse as supplied by rhythm section is at moments so simple, obvious and mechanical. That is why after listening to this material I am still waiting for first release showing all their potential actualized... 

"MINIMATIKON - a movie soundtrack project by Orange the Juice – are planning to release a soundtrack for the 1920 movie “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” on 31st October, 2011. The CD will be a limited collector’s edition. 

Supported by two additional musicians and going by the name of MINIMATIKON, Orange The Juice have composed a score for Robert Wien’s horror movie “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, which has become the movie’s official soundtrack in Poland’s indie movie theatres. 

Minimatikon’s music illustration for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which is often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era, was created and recorded at Minimatikon Studio in Stalowa Wola, Poland. It was produced by Marcin A. Steczkowski, Daniel Lewandowski and Marcin Jadach. As in the case of Orange The Juice’s debut album You Name It, the cover art for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was made by Gdańsk, Poland-based Studio TOF." (source:

1. Them Birds; 2. Them Skies; 3. Them Merchants; 4. Them Delusions; 5. Them Nights; 6. Them Shades; 7. Them Angels; 8. Them Traps; 9. Them Potions; 10. Them Journeys; 11. Them Roses; 12. Them Conversations; 13. Them Eyes; 14. Them Demons; 15. Them Legends; 16. Them Gods; 17. Them Doors; 18. Them People; 19. Them Whispers.

By Maciej Nowotny

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