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The New Heroes

  • 1. New Heroes Part I, The
    2. Common Song, A
    3. Sompop
    4. Last Gaucho, The (For Celeste Gantz)
    5. India Suite
    6. On Good Faith
    7. New Heroes Part II, The
    8. OK OK
    9. New Hope, The
    10. Appropriate Technology, The
    11. Provider
    12. Voices, The
    13. New Heroes Part III, The
    14. Last Note, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 82056

  • Credits

    Personnel: Christopher Hedge; Alam Khan (sarod); Julian Smedley (violin); Paul Horn (flute); Debapriyo Sarkar (tabla); Titos Sompa (percussion).
    The soundtrack to the PBS series of the same name, Christopher Hedges' work here is meant to stand alone to tell the same stories as the documentaries, but at a more solely emotional level. Along with relatively simple compositions and sampling techniques, music is used to evoke the loneliness of slaves and prostitutes and samples from the affected regions are intermixed slyly to double the effects. The work can be almost unsettling at its most successful, and alternately hopeful. The music is well played throughout, filling Hedges' pieces with their intensity. This is program music at its best. The documentary itself would be a worthwhile companion, but the soundtrack does indeed manage to stand on its own. ~ Adam Greenberg

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