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Hi All,
Has anyone heard the soundtrack to Amy? What is Phil Judd's music on it like? According to the tracklisting, only one composition by Judd ("Amy Suite") is included, yet I've read that he scored the whole film. Is his music heard throughout? It intrigues me very much that his compositions are performed solely by an ensemble of mandolins.

I've emailed the site below to request a copy of the soundtrack, but I'm having doubts about its availability.

Sounds like a great film in its own right. I must track it down.

I'm hoping that the next time Phil puts an album out under his own name that it is a celebration of his love for music hall (George Formby), Polynesian musics, and European chamber music. That would be too beautiful.
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I've got the soundtrack and seen the movie. The movie is actually pretty good. Good acting and pretty interesting. Phil's mandolin music is pretty good too! Although it's quite 'digital' sounding. And I personally think there's too much reverb on it. but musically it's good stuff. A lot of the film's soundtrack comprised of songs by Nick barker, and also a few random ones from bands like Lamb, and ummm....the dude from the saints! I think he died recently....memory blank. Either way, Amy Suite is a bunch of pieces in the movie put together to form a...suite!

one of the stand-out moments in the movie was when Ben Mendlesohn was singing this wierd 'quasi' blues thing acapella, and then these chords started playing underneath giving the whole moment a completely different and crazy twist. It's hard to explain....but from memory it was fantastic. Anyone know if Phil did the chords underneath? Genius!

Thanks, Alice. I'll have to see if I can track down a VHS copy of Amy. It doesn't seem to be available on DVD. And hopefully a copy of the soundtrack will turn up. That moment you describe from the movie sounds really cool. I hope someone can tell us whether that's Judd's playing or not.

That's too bad about the production on "Amy Suite," but I'll have to hear it for myself. So, it's a bit too Windham Hill, is it? One of my few complaints about Judd's music since the Swingers days is the production on a lot of what he's done. Of course, the worst of it was Al Kooper's work on the post-Swingers solo material. What happened to that guy? It's hard to believe it's the same person who played all those cool organ parts on mid-60s Dylan and made some great music in the late 60s and early 70s. Also, as much I think there are some excellent songs on the first Schnell Fenster album, much of it is marred by what sounds like bad 80s soundtrack music production. And Clive Langer was involved on a few tracks. He should know better.

I had forgotten one of Judd's old posts about Amy. He said that the music is performed on ukuleles (not mandolins) and it's dedicated to his father. That makes me want to hear it even more. I was very touched by his remembrances of his father -- playing George Formby tunes on a ukulele when Phil was little and being moved to tears on Anzac Day.
Hey Private Life,
Yeah, and I want Phil Judd's next album to be called the Late Last Night Symphony. Hah hah Smiler You're right! I didn't even think about that, but that's not really what I had in mind or what I hear in my head.

But are the Polynesian influences that evident in the early Enz's work? There's the Maori strum in "Spellbound" and I think I hear a slight Hawaiian influence in "Late Last Night," but what else is there? I started a thread on here about this, but didn't get many answers.

I guess I'm just trying to piece together some of things he talked about when he was on this board and imagining the kind of album he might make next, but I think what I'm envisioning might be a little too ambitious and not something he'd likely want to get caught up in. It sounds like he'd much rather paint then get wrapped up in a big musical work, and I certainly don't blame him.

What I imagine him doing though is something like Paddy McAloon's overlooked and misunderstood work of last year, I Trawl the Megaherz...something orchestral and very personal with all his great musical loves represented: music hall, Polynesian, classical, and whatever else is striking his fancy these days. I wish Judd could find some sympathetic collaborators for such a work. Perhaps Eddie Rayner with some guest spots from Van Dyke Parks, Maori and Hawaiian musicians, Chris Knox, and Miles Golding ("worth a thousand Noel Crombies, people" hee hee). I hear a great masterpiece of modern chamber music with perhaps very little pop or rock influences. And yes, comparisons would be made to the early Enz, but that's not what I am hearing in my head. But what is Phil Judd hearing in his head these days? I don't know. I'm just dreaming aloud.

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