• Vinyl 2LP »Movies give context to music,« Kai Hugo said in a interview with us. As Palmbomen II, the Dutchman has been producing sounds that project cinema into the head for the past ten years. Thus he is something like the reverse Caretaker, because with him no memories disappear, but new ones arise. Through videos, which complement his music but also expand it, he creates music for places that do not exist but do begin to exist because of the memory that is created. With his album »Memories of Cindy,« released in 2017 on Beats in Space, Palmbomen II cranked the drum for Lynch’esque Black Lodge reminiscences and déjà vu experiences that never happened. A story emerged from a vibe, an atmosphere or aura. One that showed that memory is always itself history. And therefore connects the fictional past with the real present.
Palmbomen II builds worlds of memory. Maybe that’s why he left the Dutch province and traveled the Lost Highway to Los Angeles – a city that stands for dreams like no other. And for all those that never came true. There, on this pavement of shattered memories, Hugo is still composing. Music that accompanies films. Or shoots them. Finally, with his new album »Make A Filmu, a record is released whose title makes the categorical imperative for would-be Schlingensiefs clear: Shoot a flick! Score it with my music! It can be as simple as that if you were looking for the next season of X-Files or planning the overdue sequel to »Fire Walk With Me«. In other words, forget Hans Zimmer and hackneyed library music from the eighties. Point the smartphone at the nearest backyard, see what happens. And put a »Sad Piece« under it. Which records have formed, improved and educated him in terms of music for films and why, he recently told us.
1 – Tangerine Dream – Risky Business (The Audio Movie Kit) (Burping Cow Production) (1983)
Palmbomen II: The »old« Tangerine Dream are for me a big inspiration with their 80s soundtracks. They scored some of my favorite movies like »Miracle Mile«, but the »Risky Business« soundtrack is the best for me. And there is this »Movie Kit«, which is almost my concept I’m doing now, a kit with all the different pieces for the movie, even shorter versions of pieces for promos.
2 – Lau Laursen – Steps Of Alignment (Quest Sound Consult (1987)
Palmbomen II: I have a collection of new age tapes that I can always find in second hand shops and flea markets. I love these and they inspire me a lot. This one I love but I could have placed a lot of other cassettes here. A lot of times these cassettes are composed by anonymous composers, I feel they were a bit ashamed because they were maybe a »serious« musician and did these tapes for money.
3 – Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks OST (Rhino) (1990) | Black Vinyl LP | Green Vinyl LP
Palmbomen II: The classic soundtrack, not very original but I wanted to include this here. The atmospheres and the musical turning points… so pretty.
4 – BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Doctor Who – The Music (BBC Records) (1983)
Palmbomen II: I love these musique concrète kind of productions mixed with composers who wrote for these, such a nice combination. A lot of this kind of music sounds normally a bit boring to me because it is always production first, but I like the cooperative working between producers (of which one of them is the famous Delia Derbyshire) and many TV composers which created these inspiring film pieces.
5 – Herman van Veen – Zingt En Vertelt Van Alfred Jodocus Kwak En Zijn Vriendjes Deel 1 (Harlekijn) (1990)
Palmbomen II: Alfred Jodocus Kwak was a pretty large animated series that was really big when I grew up and I grew up with all these tapes that contained the music and stories of this. It has really pretty synth scores.
6 – Daniel Lopatin – OST Uncut Gems (Warp) (2019) | Vinyl LP
Palmbomen II: To include something more recent here too, I loved Daniel Lopatin’s (Oneohtrix Point Never) soundtrack for this film. He is one of the best current musicians I think.
7 – John Carpenter – OST Assault On Precinct 13 (Death Waltz) (2003) | Vinyl LP
Palmbomen II: John Carpenter acts both as the director and as the composer and that combination is a very strong one in my opinion and I discovered doing both is very fun because you create so much of the picture you are seeing and hearing.
8 – Various Artists – Grand Theft Auto Vice City Official Soundtrack Box Set (Epicl) (2002)
Palmbomen II: I was a young kid when I played this for the first time and it introduced me to so much music. It is one of the ultimate soundtracks for me. Like a cultural capsule on a moment of time. This is one of the best ones in the GTA series for me. My dream came true when they used my music for a later part of GTA.
9 – Enya – Shepherd Moons (Warner) (1991)
Palmbomen II: I feel Enya always has been ridiculed by music snobs and I always felt it has some kind of sexist base. I feel she has been mocked because of not using »cool synthesizers« or »crazy drums« but just stayed really close to her compositions and using a keyboard and her voice. This album is peak for me, and it has the same melancholic mood that I look for when I compose, it’s not about the production but about the composition, and I love that.
10 – David Weis – Donkey Kong Country Trilogy (Nintendo) (1996)
Palmbomen II: Console music and SNES music in particular, has always been something special to me. In these limited surroundings of what these consoles can do to create tiny synthesizers and to compose as creatively as possible with them, as with Enya, it is about the notes and to be creative as you can with your compositions. This soundtrack is peak, it is such an inspiration for soundtracking for me. Best on here must be Aquatic Ambience, kind of a classic that everybody knows in my surroundings.