David Byrne contributes music to Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Collaborates with St. Vincent, Asphalt Orchestra For Lincoln Center Performance
Nine David Byrne tracks - including several songs from his 2008 collaboration with Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - are featured in the film and on the soundtrack to Oliver Stone's upcoming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf.
The soundtrack is due to be released September 21, 2010 on Todomundo Records; track listing is below.
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David Byrne has also collaborated with multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent on a composition for Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra, a 12-piece marching band known for playing compositions by artists ranging from Björk to Charles Mingus. Arranged by Ken Thomson, the as-yet-untitled piece will be premiered at Lincoln Center on August 4, 2010.
Known as the force behind Talking Heads and later as creator of the highly-regarded record-label Luaka Bop, David Byrne also works as a photographer, film director, author, and solo artist; he has published and exhibited visual art for more than a decade.
Recent works include Here Lies Love, a 22-song cycle about the life of Imelda Marcos in collaboration with Fatboy Slim; Playing the Building, an interactive sound installation at New York's Battery Maritime Building and London's Roundhouse; Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Byrne's first collaboration with co-writer Brian Eno since 1981's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts; Big Love: Hymnal, music from the second season of the HBO series; a series of unique bike racks designed by Byrne and installed throughout New York City in collaboration with PaceWildenstein Gallery and the NYC Department of Transportation; and Bicycle Diaries, a chronicle of David's travels on his bicycle published by Viking Press.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Music from the Motion Picture
1. Prison (Craig Armstrong)
2. Home (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
3. Life is Long (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
4. Sleeping Up (David Byrne)
5. Strange Overtones (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
6. Money (Craig Armstrong)
7. My Big Nurse (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
8. Helicopter Reveal (Craig Armstrong)
9. Tiny Apocalypse (David Byrne)
10. Lazy (David Byrne)
11. I Feel My Stuff (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
12. This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) (Talking Heads)
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Notes on St. Vincent collaboration
About a year ago, I ran into St. Vincent at the Housing Works benefit in which Dirty Projectors and Bjork performed together. How's that for dropping a lot of names in one sentence? Anyway, Annie and I had previously met at the Dark Was the Night benefit in which we both performed, and I'd said I was a fan of her music and disturbing videos. So when Rachel at my office, who volunteers at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, passed on a suggestion that Annie and I do a similar collaboration, I immediately said yes, though I didn't think we could pull together a short set of new material as fast as Longstreth did (6 weeks, I think). They'd raised the bar pretty high, and as a result we agreed to come up with new material.
I believe it was Annie who suggested we hang the material around a brass ensemble, which creatively sounded great, and besides it could be acoustic and wouldn't require amplificaiton in the intimate Housing Works space. Beyond that, we didn't know in what direction things would go or how we'd work together. We were still both on tour back then, so we began by passing snippets and inspirational MP3s back and forth. I had some work in progress that I re-arranged, and Annie passed me some horn tracks she'd made in GarageBand. I restructured those a little and wrote some melodies over them. We're still inching forwards on this - no completion date is set, which is a nice situation to be in. However, we did prod ourselves to complete a couple of tunes by setting some deadlines. A few months ago we had Tony Finno arrange the horns, and we performed one of the songs - tentatively titled "Who" - at the end of Annie's show at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center. Now, having been approached by the Bang On a Can spinoff Asphalt Orchestra, with the help of Ken Thomson we've adapted another song called either "Two Ships" or "The Movie" for their group. This will be an instrumental version and we'll do a vocal version later.
Asphalt Orchestra performs this and other commissioned works on August 4 outdoors at Lincoln Center.
"Byrne is still creating provocative works for the ear and the eye." - CBS Sunday Morning
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