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803 ben lukas boysen. restive (ost). cd. june2k12.

 

tracklist:

opening titles

*.mp3
jeva *.mp3
sorry *.mp3
lott *.mp3
hopper *.mp3
premonition *.mp3
junkyard *.mp3
grave *.mp3
hoe fight *.mp3
bag *.mp3
pals *.mp3
poison *.mp3
humble *.mp3
closing credits (by nils frahm) *.mp3

 

enemyhouse films presents restive - a film by jeremiah jones
starring: michael mosley, marianna palka, christopher denham, ivan sandomire, connor hill
original music by ben lukas boysen with nils frahm
director of photography: john w. rutland
produced by jeremiah jones, lindy jones
co-producers: jamie jennings, nathan jennings, lane genzlinger
associate producers: adam mckain, j.r.fleming
editor: jeremiah jones
colorist: parke gregg
post production facility: stuck on on
written and directed by jeremiah jones
www.restivefilm.comwww.enemyhouse.com

original motion picture soundtrack
all tracks written and produced by ben lukas boysen
track 14 performed and recorded by nils frahm mastered by nils frahm at durton studio - www.durtonstudio.com
layout by stefan alt


synopsis: restive - an intensely bizarre tale of a mother who inhabits her husband’s suffocating behavior before falling into her own flawed maternal instincts. centering around a disturbing performance by christopher denham (sound of my voice), the film provides a dark and hopeless exploration of domestic violence. when the mother (marianna palka, neds, good dick) challenges her husband (denham), she commits her family to a most unsettling journey - a dreamlike chase through the nearby woods. the husband's pals (michael mosley, pan am, scrubs, and ivan sandomire) push the brutality of the film in their hunt to capture the mother. the film culminates in an absurd final scene, one that can only end in violence.

director’s statement: 'restive, for me, is a love story. all of the characters are in love with each other. they either want to be or want to have one another. the characters are constantly leaning on each other's choices, challenging each other's space. every character is searching for approval from another character, showing his or her love in the oddest of ways.' (jeremiah jones)

 

ben lukas boysen has been writing, producing and performing music since 2003, specializing in sound design and composition. with a series of highly regarded albums as hecq on hymen records, plus a busy schedule producing music for a number of high-profile advertising, film and gaming clients, he has firmly established himself as a forward-thinking electronic musician and sophisticated sound designer. The focus of his every project is to find an efficient and direct way to leave a strong emotional impact, whether it is the production of an album or the conception and completion of a commercial project. he invests a lot of thought and time into every single piece of work and therefore makes every production special rather than settling with something fast and convenient. He is determined that every score, commission, track, or remix should get the same amount of attention and detail. in short: moving away from music and sound as a product and perceive every project as a customizable and individual challenge. a number of companies like cartier, bmw, leica, greenpeace, lacoste or mtv have made use of this approach for their commercials, websites and general sound concepts.
furthermore ben also designed a 'live pack' for the widely recognised music software ableton live (www.ableton.com/articles/hecq-precision-and-power).

restive is not the first film ben boysen made the music for, but it is his first soundtrack to be independently released as an album. as on his previous works as hecq where he has already demonstrated his ability for cinematic sound design, this soundtrack works perfectly as a stand-alone release for those who are not familiar with the movie. with its beautifully elaborate compositions carrying dense moods from light sadness to subliminal tension and disturbance, restive's music is strong enough to speak for itself and to create a motion picture in the listener’s mind. with a basis of mighty sub basses and partial beats, dramatic orchestral ambience interweave with atmospheric synthesized pads and deep reverberation carrying a continuous imaginative suspense of something hiding right beneath the shadow of a thinly layered sonic veil.

listening to this perfect symbiosis of electronic soundscapes and acoustic sounds, you can draw a parallel between this release and hecq's 'night falls' album from 2008. restive defines a journey through varied aural spaces interspersed with sounds and tempers beyond the listener's imagination.


blackaudio
http://blackaudio.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/ben-lukas-boysen-restive-ost-cd-hymen-records/
readers of this review may recognise ben lukas boysen more from his alter ego, hecq; boysen has dipped his toe into other waters and here we have another venture into providing soundtracks for contemporary filmmakers. ‘restive’ is written and directed by american, jeremiah jones and centralises around a bizarre tale of a mother inhabiting her husbands suffocating behaviour, in effect a love story; i have to admit i have not seen the movie and it’s not often i get to hear an official soundtrack before setting my eyes on the silver screen adaptation that it accompanies. setting that aside i often approach ost’s with due caution, giving that the music often comes in short bursts and altogether does not actually comprise of actual tracks; not so in this case as it appears that boysen has actually composed full numbers that can be listened to in their own right. this pleases me immensely. this free reign given has let ben flex his wings somewhat and the outcome is nothing short of impressive; haunting ambience frostily soars throughout, with brooding dark pockets of organically rich bass and piano filtered through windows covered in raindrops. it’s about time that music makers from this genre were given more opportunities to compose soundtracks like this; indeed there is more than enough that comes from idm/alternative electronics genre and associated scenes to already blow away a lot of the usual marketed scores out there, maybe someone somewhere will one day sit up and take note. on the flip side of the coin, i will most likely go and hunt this movie out now considering the wonderful array of compositions i have in front of me; well done mr boysen for another excellent display of your musical capabilities.

chroniques électroniques
http://www.chroniqueselectroniques.net/article-ben-lucas-boysen-restive-ost-107182598.html
c'est presque étrange de devoir appeler hecq par son vrai nom : ben lukas boysen. lui qui fut un des rares artistes à raviver les flammes de l'idm au milieu des années 2000, lorgnait depuis déjà quelques années sur les berges difficiles et dévaluées du sound design. on ne cite que trop rarement ses oeuvres ambient comme 0000 et surtout night falls, à côté de son récent et dernier éssai dubstep avenger (ici). toujours est-il que le génie de hecq ne peut souffrir d'aucune contestation. il fut probablement l'artiste qui contribua le plus à l'assise de hymen records (avec venetian snares, beefcake et gridlock). restive n' est pas la première b.o à laquelle il participe, mais c'est bien un baptême sur un aussi long format, bénéficiant d'une telle exposition. il faut dire que le film y est pour beaucoup, après sa projection au raindance festival et des critiques aussi tranchées qu'aux antipodes. ben lukas boysen s'est cette fois-ci adjoint les services du virtuose et adulé nils frahm, égérie de ceux qui découvrent le moderne classical seulement aujourd'hui. le pianiste allemand n'est crédité que pour ce qui est du mastering (de qualité extrême) et pour le dernier titre. son ombre aussi longiligne qu'élégante, plane pourtant sur restive tel un voile sombre et feutré. il est toujours très ardu de dissocier une bo de la véritable toile. encore plus quand on a pas vu l'oeuvre cinématographique et que sa partie musicale peut se réclamer de l'ambient certes, dans sa dénomination générique, mais surtout de canevas et de superpositions électro-acoustiques lourdes et obscures. restive aborde un thème difficile, largement commenté par les politiques et les médias, plus rarement par ceux qui le vive. je parle de la violence conjugale, dans ce qu'elle a de plus complexe et de cru. il semblerait également que le film dépeigne les instincts maternels et de survie avec une certaine mais pudique violence. pas bien compliqué de lire le synopsis ou le dossier de presse communiqué par le label. il serait peut-être un brin présomptueux de dire que la musique se suffisait à elle-même pour suggérer le thème. prenons le risque, parce qu'aussi troublant soit-il, c'est vrai. il y a un adage qui dit qu'on fait du mal à ceux qu'on aime, mais il oublie surtout de dire qu'on aime ceux qui nous font du mal. le film de jeremiah jones et la bo (puisque c'est avant tout de celà dont il est question) illustre cette tension magistrale qui ne sombre pas dans le voyeurisme, ce spasme éternel qui secoue les intérieurs les plus solides comme des coques de noix à la dérive. toujours avec ambivalence et retenue, la musique dévoile la force et la complexité des scènes comme des vignettes instantanées et malmenantes. car au milieu de ce conclave d'infra-basses et cet empilement de cordes et de drones dénués du moindre espoir, surgissent parfois les lueurs d'une compassion ambiguë, même si on ne sait jamais à quel protagoniste elle se destine. avant tout sur jeva et sorry. on devine sur le dernier cité l'apparition du piano de nils frahm, pleine de cette beauté simple et dépouillée qui donne envie de s'y pendre avec bonheur, comme dans des bras aptes à réchauffer les plus inavouables conflits intérieurs. parce que les bourreaux sont parfois aussi des victimes, et que leur seule culpabilité de céder au pire ne suffit pas à émettre de démagogiques jugements, la violence subie et perpétrée s'exprime en musique, mais dans ce qu'elle a de plus terrible et de plus humain. c'est probablement ce qui rend l'album aussi dérangeant. parce que les passages relatant de traques et d'enjeux sont les plus nombreux. avec cette apparition subite et brutale des drums pour annoncer la sentence funeste des coups à venir, ces réacteurs venus d'un sol ne révélant aucune tranchée où se recroqueviller dans un mince élan foetal de survie; l'enchaînement entre le très affûté premonition et le glaçant grave, en passant par le littéralement décharné junkyard saisissent les tripes comme un noeud coulant constitué de barbelés. ou comme lorsque on ne peut que sentir le maintien de sentiments ténus, venant des émanations putrides qui jaillissent de la pure et opaque réverbération de bag et pals, la musique cherche le point de rupture, la saturation, avec justesse et presque même du vice. voilà pourquoi probablement, le plus beau et le plus ambivalent morceau se nomme poison. parce que malgré son caractère définitivement terrifiant, la musique de restive relate une histoire d'amour, où les personnages s'aiment aussi mal que trop, jusqu'à en oublier leur existence individuelle. même si le sound design est froid et implacable comme une prod ableton, c'est bien là que réside tout le tour de force. dans cette capacité à surélever le sentiment au dessus de l'abîme. la fermeture de nils frahm, dont les bruits des pressions des touches et des pédales font partie intégrante d'une mélodie belle à pleurer (comme l'allemand en faisait à l'époque de wintermusik) renforcera ce bouleversant état de fait. restive est donc une oeuvre aussi sentimentale que terrifiante. même si elle ne révélera tout son véritable potentiel qu'une fois noyée dans le support visuel, elle réunit deux monstres sacrés des territoires ambient, qui seraient bien inspirés d'élargir leur champ de collaboration. rappelons comme souvent que le format mp3 est ici banni pour saisir toute la sève obscure d'une oeuvre qui ne pourra que bénéficier d'une installation solide, pour éviter les sensations de radiateurs qui suintent. (ed loxapac)

headphone commute
http://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2012/07/03/ben-lukas-boysen-restive-hymen/
if i still haven’t covered ben lukas boysen‘s last album as hecq, it is because i assumed that everyone has heard it, loved it, and rejoiced. i still feel like i need to do a proper write-up on avenger (hymen, 2011). but if eventually [and possibly permanently] i lag, do know, that it indeed made it onto headphone commute’s best of 2011 list (see music for synergizing the synapse of ideas), and that i listen to it at least once a month – and that’s actually a lot, considering i consume about a dozen new albums a week. my last.fm charts don’t lie – hecq is still at the top spot of overall plays. but i digress… it is with that initial thought in mind that i appoint myself to bring to your attention his latest magnum opus, perhaps because it is recorded under his real name, and may indeed be easier to overlook, even though it is released by boysen’s home label, the lappersdorf (germany) based hymen records. you see, restive is unlike anything boysen has produced before. well… almost… besides the fact that it is an actual soundtrack to the original motion picture by jeremiah jones (enemyhouse films, 2011), restive is an imaginary landscape of sonic trepidations and pensive insight into this wonderful composer’s mind. although boysen has released a modern classical meets ambient album in the past, stripping away the digital onslaught of micro programmed beats (i’m talking about his night falls on hymen in 2008, which should explain why i hesitated in pronouncing this a rarity before), restive appears to be a more cohesive conceptual piece, as it unquestionably must be, given the fact that it’s an intricately devised film score. this is, however, not the very first soundtrack that boysen produced, but it is the first physically released as an album. and so, i close my eyes, and consume it as one. over the thirteen tracks on restive (not counting the very last one, to which i will return later), boysen paints dark ambient soundscapes that layer the skullcap in thick aural fog. the passages evolve through orchestral progressions into unsettling cliff dives, crawl with your skin towards the throat, and eerily whisper their secret desires. the lower register strings gnarl like hungry wolves, left in the night to fend off one more frost. the brass instruments howl in the distance like slow crashing pipe columns, twisting in throes of their last dying breath. the bass quivers drop with a rumble of a colossal cinema earthquake, resembling the midnight showing of a horror film, rippling the sound waves through concrete cement walls, and the fabric of space itself. throughout the album, it is clear that boysen has spent numerous hours agonizing over the production quality of his work. every detail is critically thought over, designed to guide the mind into a cinematic hypnosis, whether there’s a visual stimulant or not. with the film behind my closed eyelids, the passion of this musician is evoked through grayscale fragments and film noir scenes. add to the program additional mastering by nils frahm [who, incidentally, contributed a track of his own as "closing credits" to the album, hence the last one to which i inferred above], and you’ve got yourself a soundtrack of the year – if not for the film industry, then at least for your life. highly recommended if you enjoy dark cinematic works by murcof, ben frost, daníel bjarnason, subheim, lustmord, and of course, clint mansell.

der medienkonverter
http://www.medienkonverter.de/reviews-ben-lukas-boysen_restive-5163.html
einen soundtrack ohne film zu beurteilen, ist ähnlich diffizil wie einen film ohne soundtrack. beide teile sind erfahrungsgemäß so stark miteinander verwoben, dass sie sich schwer trennen oder einzeln begutachten lassen, ohne einen stück ihrer wirkung einzubüßen. zum glück ist ben lukas boysen ein erfahrener musiker, der nicht nur als hecq sehr erfolgreich sein unwesen treibt, sondern auch als komponist für werbung und spiele über mehr als ausreichende erfahrungen verfügt. insofern braucht man sich wegen eventuell fehlender atmosphäre oder zu wenig ausdruck schon mal keinerlei gedanken zu machen. wie die beschreibung und der trailer verdeutlichen, ist "restive" kein angenehmer film, geht es doch um häusliche gewalt in einer sehr extremen form. regisseur und drehbuchautor jeremiah jones bezeichnet die geschichte dagegen aus seiner sicht als lovestory, was in diesem zusammenhang eher als abart der liebe zu sehen ist. sollte der trailer bezeichnend für den film sein, dann wird darin nicht viel gesprochen. ben lukas boysen zollt mit seinem soundtrack zum einen dieser wortlosigkeit, zum anderen der gewalt rechnung, indem er einen sehr ruhigen und melancholischen, aber auch bedrohlichen soundrack erschaffen hat. klavier und streicher sorgen für düsteres unbehagen, gongs und tiefe bässe für die notwendige dramatik. hinzu kommen noch verfremdete töne, deren herkunft sich nicht mehr erschließen lässt. der soundtrack funktioniert tatsächlich auch ohne film, wenn auch einige der songs sehr stark auf bestimmte szenen bezug zu nehmen scheinen (was für einen soundtrack natürlich notwendig ist). durch seinen sehr ruhigen und unheilvollen grundton und die, durch gezielte perkussion hervorgerufene, sporadische dramatik ist "restive" ein besonderes album, auf das man sich ganz besonders einlassen muss. wer eine analogie zu ben lukas boysens treiben als hecq sucht, wird sie am ehesten in seinem album "night falls" finden. jedenfalls hat er mit diesem soundtrack erneut sein außergewöhnliches talent unter beweis gestellt. (veit)

chain d.l.k.
http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/?id=7362
'restive' is an original motion picture soundtrack by ben lukas boysen to an independent film by the same name written and directed by jeremiah jones. briefly, the film is a suspense thriller, a dark and hopeless exploration of domestic violence, about a woman trying to escape the emotional abuse and tyranny of her husband. after years of this, the wife decides she isn't going to take it anymore and stands up to bully-dad. 'mr. big stuff' enlists the aid of a couple of his sadistic pals to take the wife (jeva) and her young son out to the woods to 'let the pain flow through'. somehow jeva and son manage to escape the clutches of their captors and become the hunted. i haven't seen the film but i can't imagine it ending well. however, this review is about the soundtrack, not the movie. ben lukas boysen might be better known as hecq, an idm/ambient project with nearly a dozen releases and also remixes - architect, borealis, in strict confidence and snog being among them. boysen has also done soundtrack work for several other films as well as commercial sound design. to say his soundtrack for 'restive' is dark and moody is an understatement. he excels here in creating a depressingly oppressive atmosphere that evokes the kind of melancholia reserved for life's unsweetest moments. long passages of sustained strings, sparse, sad piano with lots of reverb (an oft used technique in movies and tv dramas), subtle noise/synth ambience and grating high pitched drone are just some of the tools in this composer's box. i suppose you could call it cinematic dark ambience as it has many of the elements of minimal dark ambient music, and holds its own with some of the best i've heard. it isn't until track seven, 'junkyard' that percussion enters the picture, deep, plodding, and relentless. the atmospheric sonics that accompany the track are perfect. boysen's use of sophisticated textures and sound sculpting throughout this work are admirable, and even when it gets noisy, as it occasionally does, it is still highly listenable. throughout the album, the atmospheres build in intensity with some respite here and there. it is a psychological intensity, not necessarily a dynamic one, likely in keeping with the film. i should mention that the last track, 'closing credits' is by nils frahm, but being mostly sparse and melancholy piano does not detract from boysen's compositions at all. altogether excellent, and even if i never see the film (which i probably won't), ben lukas boysen's 'restive' soundtrack is a remarkable achievement. (steve mecca)


ben lukas boysen soundtrack filmography:
mother nature (2012)
leashed (2011)
restive (2011)
the division of gravity (2011)
fear/love (2009)
more info: www.imdb.com/name/nm3690160

hecq discography. 06.2012:
avenger. cd. hymen records ¥792. 2011
spheres of fury (w/ exillon). 12". contortion cont001-1. 2011
sura. 12". ad noiseam adn128. 2010
steeltongued. 2cd. hymen records ¥772. 2009
golden pines. cd-r. binkcrsh bk039. 2008
night falls. cd. hymen records ¥767. 2008
zetha. 12". onpa 003. 2007 0000. cd. hymen records ¥758. 2007
bad karma. cd. hymen records ¥748. 2005
scatterheart. cd. hymen records ¥742. 2004
a dried youth. cd. kaleidoskop kal003. 2003

hecq webpages:
www.hecq.de
www.soundcloud.com/hecq
www.facebook.com/hecquaters

 

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