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The Cinematic Orchestra


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United Kingdom (1999 – present)

The Cinematic Orchestra is a UK-based and outfit, created in 1999 by Jason Swinscoe, which records on the Ninja Tune independent record label.

Other members include Tom Chant (saxophone), Phil France (double bass), Luke Flowers (drums), Nick Ramm (piano), Stuart McCallum (guitar); former members include Jamie Coleman (trumpet), T. Daniel Howard (drums), Alex James (piano), and Patrick “PC” Carpenter (turntables).

In both live and studio context, the Cinematic Orchestra employ a live band which improvises along with a turntablist and electronic elements such as samples provided by Swinscoe. In their studio releases Swinscoe will often remix the live source material to produce a finished product that is a seamless combination of live jazz improvisation with electronics, such that it is difficult to tell where the improvisation ends and the production begins. It is worth mentioning that in the sound of the Cinematic Orchestra the role of traditional solo instruments, such as piano or wind instruments, is not the same as in traditional jazz; instead of performing intricate solos they provide a mature accompaniment environment and quite often there is more space for the drums and the double bass to have a lead role.

The Cinematic Orchestra have been noted for their new score to the classic 1929 Dziga Vertov’s Ukrainian film “Man with a Movie Camera”. They have worked on two other scores: they recorded some tracks for “Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d’enfants” (2004) and made the music for the Disney Nature movie “The Crimson Wing” (2009).


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  • ApolaHudson


    21 Jul 11:40pm Reply
  • GriendClub

    Какой же оверрейтед

    20 Apr 10:10pm Reply
  • liretti

    aldikk, well, actually they are. they just have collaborated with LMO to record this track, 'cause cinematic orchestra is not in fact an orchestra, as you may guess. but they did write this. so please check before stating :)

    6 Mar 1:43pm Reply
  • aldikk

    They are not authors of "ARRIVAL OF THE BIRDS" :/ The real composer of this piece is LONDON METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA !

    5 Mar 8:22pm Reply
  • Anymouss

    12 Feb 8:05am Reply
  • d-imensions

    Thanks for Arrival of the Birds

    31 Jan 4:22pm Reply
  • XStatic_Process

    I just finished The Theory of Everything and to my upmost delight, the film featured a couple of songs from Cinematic Orchestra. Everything about the film was beautiful and hearing The Arrival of the Birds and Transformation being incorporated in the film just made everything better for me.

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Freiszcze

    Music from the "Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos" was used in film about Stephen Hawking - The Theory of Everything.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ZRFS

    a new record would indeed be much appreciated (2)

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • kida48

    crazy in love cover, the best thing i've ever heard!

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • UglySyntaxError

    a new record would indeed be much appreciated..

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Universal_City

    And Relax

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • EricValeev

    <3 Channel 1 Suite [3]

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Zak_74

    i haven't heard of the cinematic orchestra for ages, is the band recording the new material or having a tour?

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Poisonnation

    v Its quite a nice track, but its definitely far from their best, imo.

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    to build a home is fucking awful

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • agnesxsaboia

    walter white digs jazz smh

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    симпатично, но не более

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • alicast89

    Musicbox is a dream

    2 Mar 2014 Reply
  • abhishekpaul

    To build a home. So so so beautiful.

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
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