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Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle

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Album cover, arranged by Will Cullen Hart and Bill Doss.

Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle 
(Some times referred to simply as Dusk at Cubist Castle) is the 1996 debut record from Athens, GA psychedelic pop group Olivia Tremor Control. It is based on recordings made by the group from 1993 to 1996. Cubist Castle is inspired by the sound of psychedelic groups from the 60s, such as The Beach Boys and The Beatles, while being simultaneously influenced by the lo-fi production popular with independent groups of the 1990s. 

The Elephant 6 OrchestraEdit

Aside from the four main group members at this time (Will Cullen Hart, Bill Doss, Eric Harris and John Fernandes), the album features appearances from other Elephant 6 names, credited collectively as the "Elephant 6 Orchestra." 

  • Robert Schneider - Tibetan prayer board, bass, vocals, melodica
  • Jeff Mangum - Chanter pipe, slide guitar, vocals, melodica, piano, and "space bubbles"
  • Julian Koster - Bowed electric guitar, mallet struck acoustic guitar, and the singing saw
  • Steve Jacobek - Trumpet
  • Rick Benjamin - Trombone

Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream SequencesEdit


Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream Sequences

The first few thousand copies of Dusk at Cubist Castle were bundled with an additional album of instrumental ambient tracks titled Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream SequencesIt was claimed by fans that when playing both albums simultaneously, it resulted in quadrophonic sound. It was confirmed years later by the band themselves that this was the intention. The album was later re-released independently of Cubist Castle in 1999, but it was not included in the reissue of the album in 2011. 

Critical ReceptionEdit

Track ListingEdit

Side 1Edit

  1. The Opera House - 3:12
  2. Frosted Ambassador - 1:02
  3. Jumping Fences - 1:52
  4. Define a Transparent Dream - 2:49
  5. No Growing (Exegesis) - 3:00

Side 2Edit

  1. Holiday Surprise 1, 2, 3 - 6:11
  2. Courtyard - 2:57
  3. Memories of Jacqueline 1906 - 2:15
  4. Tropical Bells - 1:40
  5. Can You Come Down with Us? - 2:18
  6. Marking Time - 4:28

Side 3Edit

  1. Green Typewriters - 2:22
  2. Green Typewriters - 0:24
  3. Green Typewriters - 0:59
  4. Green Typewriters - 2:11
  5. Green Typewriters - 1:10
  6. Green Typewriters - 0:38
  7. Green Typewriters - 1:38
  8. Green Typewriters - 9:39
  9. Green Typewriters - 1:21
  10. Green Typewriters - 2:39

Side 4Edit

  1. Spring Succeeds - 2:25
  2. Theme for a Very Delicious Grand Piano - 0:57
  3. I Can Smell the Leaves - 1:50
  4. Dusk at Cubist Castle - 7:35
  5. The Gravity Car - 1:45
  6. NYC-25 - 4:39

Olivia Tremor Control Releases

Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle | Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999)  >>>

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