Back in january we were approached by french production company TCM and pulse films, in regards to creating an alternative soundtrack to a classic film. This being something we have always wanted to do since we first started out, we jumped at the chance. The Movie we chose was Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1970 cult film ‘Zabriskie point’. Ironically, the film was seen as somewhat of a commercial flop in its day – unsurprising given the director’s controversial depiction of the Nixon/Vietnam conflict and campus shootings. Antonioni commissioned Pink floyd to create the score, and although only a small proportion of their work ended up in the final cut, the music they created for the closing scene (loosely based on ‘Careful with that axe Eugene’) still stands as one of the most classic sequences of 60s art cinema.
Italian director /massive Antonioni fan Giorgio Testi came into a converted theatre in London with us for 3 days last month and filmed the writing/recording process from start to end. I have to say he really did a wonderful job. Think Floy’d‘s ‘Live at Pompei’ crossed with Goddard’s ‘Sympathy for the Devil’, intercut with Henry giving a pretty fierce discourse on 60s cinema instead of the Black Panthers playing around with sub machine guns on the banks of the thames.
The show (called “My soundtrack”) will be aired later on this year so keep an eye out for it wherever you are. In the meantime, we put out our score to the final sequence out as the B’side to Serotonin last month. In case you didn’t hear it already , here it is: