Saturday, November 20, 2010
Zdeněk Liška/Jan Švankmajer
This post about the upcoming release of an obscure Czech soundtrack by Zdenek Liska reminded me of something I've been meaning to share: a collection of Liska's music for Jan Svankmajer's stop-motion films. I love these films, and I think a lot of the appeal has to do with the noises beckoning from Liska's magical music box. Stones dropping rhythmically into a bucket, weird echoes and electronic effects, marionettes shouting at each other -- these are some of the ingredients going into Liska's concrète lullabies and nursery rhymes, along with a silliness that keeps Svankmajer's menagerie of grotesques from getting too, well, grotesque. I find the weird slavic baroque earthiness of the Svankmajer/Liska world totally enchanting. And I could be wrong but I don't think anyone's ever bothered to put this music together on a record or CD.
So, for the last couple years I've just been listening to my own homemade Liska/Svankmajer bootleg, which includes most of their films from the 60s and early 70s, films like "Historia Naturae" and "Jabberwocky" and "A Game With Stones." Nice music for padding around the living room, making a cup of tea, dressing down your marionette, etc. Enjoy.