Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #40 Amon Tobin - Supermodified


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#40 Amon Tobin - Supermodified

Supermodified, is Amon Tobin's third release on Ninja Tune. It's a rich, exotic piece of electronic sound assembly, both ambitiously artistic and accessible to the average listener at the same time. Tobin defines the album title using a lot of prepositions - "super: on the top (of); over; beyond; besides; in addition; exceeding; going beyond; more...modification: the act of modifying, state of being modified; change made in vowel by mutation, graphic representation of this." His "graphical representations" emerge from layers and layers of modified sound, painstakingly orchestrated into big building - almost symphonic - pieces. He pulls from a braod range of influences, including various latin music, drum and bass, breakbeat, jazz, etc. But nothing in this diverse toolbox of sounds individually defines the overall music - Tobin processes the whole jumble into a completely new and original soundscape.

And there's something cinematic about this soundscape. Words like "sweeping" and "epic" come to mind when listening to Supermodified - terms more appropriate for film. Like a good movie soundtrack, there's a storyline in the melodies and arrangements here. Not surprisingly, Tobin's has composed music for numerous films, including The Italian Job and 21, as well as the soundtrack for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory video game. He has also mentioned directors like Daivd Lynch as influencing his music. These tracks create a sense of mystery and forboading much like Lynch's films. You can often dance to them as well.

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