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There are images being projected directly on to your retina. Your eyes flicker in stop-motion. The street (the street in your eyes) is splattered by heavy rain. One hundred noir film loops flip back and through, occupying your head. You feel yourself accelerating forward...

Welcome to the world of 'Motion' a new (and old) type of audio-visual project where your ears create images. Jazz collides with film soundtrack collides with sample culture the future and the past crushed together in a moment outside of time.

'Motion' is beyond category. The easy description is that this is jazz. Except that how many jazz bands have been given a series of samples to riff around, recorded performances and then had those performances re-sampled, shaped and stretched beyond recognition? There are precedents (there are always precedents) in the work of Miles Davis and Teo Macero cutting and splicing reel-to-reel in the seventies but this is taking the process much, much further. Instead of the emphasis being on horn players blowing, J Swinscoe (the sampler, sequencer and tactician behind the project) uses the central pillars of dance culture rhythm and mood to create collective and orchestrated improvisations that never happened.

The most important point is to relax and let go. Listen to something both familiar and utterly unfamiliar. See it as you hear it. Your private showing of 'Motion' directed by J Swinscoe is about to commence...

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released September 1, 1999

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The Cinematic Orchestra London, UK

The Cinematic Orchestra were formed by Jason Swinscoe in 1999 and have become one of the most respected British acts of the last 17 years. Possessed of an emotional gravitas that transcends genre, they have sold out the Royal Albert Hall (twice) as well as the Sydney Opera House, and played countless international festivals the world over. ... more

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