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 Posted:   Feb 25, 2020 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

P.S.: I see there is an English translation of the Zu Asche, zu Staub lyrics floating online. It's not exactly a literal translation, so in case anyone is interested in my own quick attempt at a translation as close to the German original as possible[...]

Your effort is much appreciated!

Some wag put together a nice BB tribute set to "Zu Asche Zu Staub." The edit shows off the tremendous look of 1920s Weimar Republic-era Berlin.

https://youtu.be/RG0SOZepqg8

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2020 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

A rare, English-language Babylon Berlin featurette which briefly describes the series...for those who might be Babylon Berlin "curious." wink



I have a strong feeling that between this thread and Babylon Berlin itself, 9 out of 10 FSMers are going to be wearing Cloche hats! wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2020 - 3:57 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

A thread about a series as visually striking as Babylon Berlin should have some images in it.



Start discussing this show's music, or I post the girls-wearing-pasties-and-bananas photos. big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2020 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Have been listening to the score for a few days now, and yes, it's catching on with me in a big way.

In addition to the aforementioned "Eine Frau in Berlin"--a "bustling city" cue with a touch of Gershwin via its clarinet and trainlike percussion--I am also smitten with "Hetzjagd", a fantastic drums-played-with brushes cue with some wonderfully frantic, cascading piano playing and some delightful reed work and a cool string break; great stuff, Germany.

"Berliner Luft", the first cue that caught my fancy, is a nice Morricone-style piece and moodier than the typical mainstream FSMer.

My favorite cue thus far has to be "Dunkels Babel", which is heard in one of the BB trailers embedded above. Ominous and downright frightening, both in the atmosphere it evokes and frightening in how many times I've listened to it in the past 24 hours.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2020 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


"Berliner Luft", the first cue that caught my fancy, is a nice Morricone-style piece and moodier than the typical mainstream FSMer.



Got mine now and have listened to it once through. There are indeed one or two tracks that have Morriconian touches, and I enjoyed most of the songs on the second disc. A track that stood out while watching the show and listening to the score was "Prangertag", a tense and pounding track of some length.

I don't recall a Tykwer score (usually with Klimek and Heil) that I haven't enjoyed, From "Run Lola Run" to "Perfume" to "Cloud Atlas".

Sorry if I've just repeated your post again but better.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2020 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

FYI - Looks like the article I read that said it premiered today was wrong, Netflix says it premieres on 3/1, so that would presumably be midnight east coast time, or 9pm Pacific on Saturday.

 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2020 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

...disc 2 is period pop songs, many produced by Bryan Ferry, who did similar work on The Great Gatsby.

Bryan Ferry has (sort of) reinvented himself as a crooner in the 1920s style with this and his previous effort on Baz's The Great Gatsby. Never listened to Roxy Music, but I guess I am now! I'm not sure they were ever big here in the USA, or that I am just removed from the flow as is my wont.


Such is the quality of the Bryan Ferry Orchestra's "sound"--evoking the '20s while simultaneously posessing its own unique atmosphere that's not necessarily the '20s--that I don't think I'd want to spoil it by listening to Roxy Music's versions of same.

 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2020 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

What do you boys (and girls, if applicable) think of the song "Wir sind uns lang verloren gegangen" ("We Have Been Lost for a Long Time"), sung by Natalia Mateo? I assume it was composed specifically for Babylon Berlin?

Me, I love the song's "slow burn" and that it takes its sweet time getting started. Once it does, it burns incandescently. I like it even more than the now-hallowed "Zu Asche, Zu Staub."



BTW, special thanks to my impersonator, Tall Guy, for "getting me hip" to Babylon Berlin; the series and its music does a swell job of supplementing my long-standing obsession with Weimar-era modern art.

 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2020 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

What do you boys (and girls, if applicable) think of the song "Wir sind uns lang verloren gegangen" ("We Have Been Lost for a Long Time"), sung by Natalia Mateo? I assume it was composed specifically for Babylon Berlin?

Me, I love the song's "slow burn" and that it takes its sweet time getting started. Once it does, it burns incandescently. I like it even more than the now-hallowed "Zu Asche, Zu Staub."


I have quickly come to like it a lot as well. However, whenever I play it, I keep regretting that it's comparatively short. Also wished it had more sonic escalation (although the subject matter certainly would not justify it wink ).

 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2020 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

What do you boys (and girls, if applicable) think of the song "Wir sind uns lang verloren gegangen" ("We Have Been Lost for a Long Time"), sung by Natalia Mateo?

I have quickly come to like it a lot as well. However, whenever I play it, I keep regretting that it's comparatively short. Also wished it had more sonic escalation (although the subject matter certainly would not justify it wink ).


Speaking of "escalation", there was a 'Tube commentator decrying the drum break in "Zu Asche, Zu Staub." Perhaps they felt it disrupted the emotional weight of the lyrics, but I found it contributed to the energy of what was experienced in those Weimar-era nightclubs.

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2020 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Got mine now and have listened to it once through. There are indeed one or two tracks that have Morriconian touches, and I enjoyed most of the songs on the second disc. A track that stood out while watching the show and listening to the score was "Prangertag", a tense and pounding track of some length."

There are several cues which give off a "Traveling on an Underground" feeling (though the piece is for a completely different type of scene, yes?) Corny as it sounds, this cue really takes this listener on a "musical journey."

In addition to the Morricone vibe of a few tracks, there is also, to my ears anyway, a strong Zimmerian influence, and I mean that in the best way.

"Der Prangertag"

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2020 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Got the 2-CD set. Too bad the miniseries is only available on DVD Region 2.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2020 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

"Der Prangertag" is for an AMAZING suspense sequence in one of the final episodes that's positively Hitchcockian.

The original 16-episode miniseries is still one of the best things I've ever seen on TV in my entire life.

I'm 4 episodes into the new season, 'Season 3," and I'm trying to reserve judgment.

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2020 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

It's a great series, watched it on its initial run, and the music is very well done.

It is very interesting how well this time was captured, even more from a phenomenological perspective, as in how to communicate to a modern audience what 1920s Weimar must have felt to the people of its time: sex, drugs, rock & roll, rich & poor, high art and low porn, and enormous freedom and possibilities. And at the same time, you had two opposing, incredibly malevolent forces (the Communists and the Nazis), who hated exactly that about the time and tried everything to make it conform to their own ideology. Enjoyed the first seasons (which were basically one complete story) a lot and will definitely tune in to the next one.

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2020 - 11:21 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

This new series starts on sky atlantic this friday.

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2020 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

It is very interesting how well this time was captured, even more from a phenomenological perspective, as in how to communicate to a modern audience what 1920s Weimar must have felt to the people of its time: sex, drugs, rock & roll, rich & poor, high art and low porn, and enormous freedom and possibilities. And at the same time, you had two opposing, incredibly malevolent forces (the Communists and the Nazis), who hated exactly that about the time and tried everything to make it conform to their own ideology. Enjoyed the first seasons (which were basically one complete story) a lot and will definitely tune in to the next one.

Jazz, Nicolai, jazz! wink

There's a volume 2 soundtrack that I've just found on The 'Tube, and it sounds nearly as strong as vol. 1. There are some atmospheric-as-hell cabaret songs in addition to the outstanding underscore, which as you can tell, I have "come around" to after having listened to the stuff all week.

A quick search on Amazon (US) reveals it only for sale out of Europe.

https://www.amazon.com/Babylon-Berlin-Vol-2-Orig-Television-Soundtrack/dp/B082PQ6Y2X

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2020 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

There's an OOP(?) hardcover coffee table book of the series over on Amazon.de. I love stuff like this.

https://www.amazon.de/Babylon-Berlin-Michael-T%C3%B6teberg/dp/3462052500/

I hope the action figures aren't far behind! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2020 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

There's an OOP(?) hardcover coffee table book of the series over on Amazon.de. I love stuff like this.

https://www.amazon.de/Babylon-Berlin-Michael-T%C3%B6teberg/dp/3462052500/

I hope the action figures aren't far behind! wink


I have the coffee table book, it's STUNNING, one of the best I've ever seen. It's filled with gorgeous production stills and behind-the-scenes photos, and also has a detailed episode summary. It's all in German, but even if you can't understand it, it's worth tracking down for the photos.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2020 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I have the coffee table book, it's STUNNING, one of the best I've ever seen. It's filled with gorgeous production stills and behind-the-scenes photos, and also has a detailed episode summary. It's all in German, but even if you can't understand it, it's worth tracking down for the photos.

Lucky you, James! There are some nice layouts in the book:



I'll be on the hunt for a reasonably-priced copy.

The series' still photographer had an exhibit of his work:

https://www.ingoseufert.com/ausstellungen/babylon-berlin/?lang=en

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2020 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

This new series starts on sky atlantic this friday.

It does indeed. Set in 1929 against the backdrop of the Wall Street crash. Apparently there will be a fourth series not much further in the 30s, but that will be it as the writers say things get more ugly after that and they don't want that in their show.

 
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