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After two decades as the lovingly obnoxious frontman for electro-punks Mindless Self Indulgence, Jimmy Urine has been blazing a new path as a movie and video game composer while the band is on hiatus. A compilation of these works, THE SECRET CINEMATIC SOUNDS OF JIMMY URINE, is due April 28th, which just happens to be a few days before Jimmy will be seen on-screen as the Ravager “Half-Nut” in what will likely be the year’s biggest film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – for which he also secretly composed a piece of “alien music”.
THE SECRET CINEMATIC SOUNDS OF JIMMY URINE runs a gamut of styles, from the traditional wacked-out MSI techno-rock sound of “Fighting With The Melody” (from Kasedo Games’s Metronomicon) to classic Chiptune/8-bit game sounds (from from Rising Star Games’ I Want To Be Human), to the creepy “All Together Friends Forever” (from the 2015 horror film The Hive, and featuring Jimmy’s wife Chantal Claret), and then onto to serious electronic compositions that channel his heroes Tangerine Dream and Vangelis.
One of these vintage electronic pieces is a version of Beethoven’s “Symphony 7, Allegretto, mvt 2” which premieres today with The Big Takeover. Here’s what Jimmy had to say about his reinvented composition:
“Most people don’t think classical music is cool. But those same people can watch a movie in which classical music is used as the score over an incredibly cool scene and then they love it. Like Mozart isn’t that cool, but when you see Amadeus, you’re like “Mozart is the coolest motherfucker on the planet!”.”
Jimmy continues, “Beethoven is kind of a stuffy deaf dude, but then you see A Clockwork Orange and ‘Beethoven is super fucking punk rock!’. Movies and soundtracks are how I was mainly introduced to classical music and I have my favorites. I like Vivaldi because of All That Jazz and Wagner because of Excalibur, etc. So on this record I really wanted to do a Wendy Carlos -style throwback classical synth cover of a favorite Beethoven piece which appears in a shit-ton of movies and you probably don’t even know it’s there.”
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