the fort : original motion picture soundtrack

by computerchemist

the drop 11:44


His thirteenth solo album, and first full-length movie score, moves
computerchemist into a new and exciting domain, previously
trodden by only a very select few of his contemporary influences
and peers. Using excerpts from the experimental 2011 release
"music for earthquakes" and adding newly commissioned music,
the WWII based feature film drama "The Fort" is the first to
showcase Dave's exceptional talent on the big screen.

Synoposis from the IMDb link for the movie "The Fort": "In the
latter stages of World War II, four German soldiers take refuge in
an old Napoleonic fort, built on Roman ruins. At first the peace
and calm of The Fort appears to be a place to rest, but for Kohl
the horror of war, the price he and his family have paid, and the
guilt he carries, are all too much."


released January 1, 2021

dave pearson: keyboards, bass & lead guitars, sound processing, sequencer & drum programming

artwork: ryan button from photography by don mee
the fort © sawscale films 2020

all composing, mixing and mastering in the digital domain at terrainflight hungary
between mar 2011 and dec 2020

these tracks are the "composer's cut" of sonic material used in "the fort" and are here presented in their full, uncut, musical form

written & produced ©℗ 2021 by dave pearson
tracks 1,2,4,6 are artistic reinterpretations based upon the traditional folk song "Erika" by Herms Niel (193?)
tracks 3,5 are available in full on the album "Music For Earthquakes" by computerchemist, Terrainflight TF006

thanks: my wife and family, doug, "g", chris, and everybody else who has helped to encourage and support my music over the years

the fort movie:


"I’m a long time fan of Dave Pearson’s Computerchemist albums and thrilled that he was commissioned to provide the score to the film, The Fort. The quickie synopsis is it’s a psychological drama set in WWII about four German Wermacht soldiers holed up in a deserted old Fort. The film was scheduled for release in April 2020 but due to COVID has been delayed.
Four of the six tracks are artistic reinterpretations based upon the traditional folk song ‘Erika’, by Herms Niel, which Wikipedia describes as a marching song used by the German military. You will not hear that in the music but it was Dave’s inspiration.
‘Impressions Of The Fort’ opens the set, starting off with a keyboard melody that’s like a cross between Berlin school and plinkity Kraftwerk. It plays against a spacey, angelic backdrop that becomes increasingly symphonic, creating a beautiful space-prog instrumental. ‘Memories Of Better Days’ is pure ambient-symphonic, as if it were part of a drifting but, at times, slightly martial dream sequence. ‘The Drop’ is more space-orchestral, feeling like a dreamily intense floating up to the heavens sequence. I feel like I’m in a concert hall under the stars. Beautiful! ‘The Sky Has No Meaning’ is similar, though it creates a somber yet peacefully uplifting sensation, as if leading to resolution. It’s the last track of the set so maybe the film’s finale? ‘Music For Earthquakes’ I & II are excerpts from two lengthier pieces that comprised the 2011 Computerchemist album of the same name. Both consist of very low-key, spooky, atmospheric, incidental music that Dave says is included in some of the “more unnerving parts of the film.” I can imagine.
Can’t wait for the movie to be released so I can see the story and imagery that Dave’s music accompanies! Check out this and loads of other albums at the Computerchemist Bandcamp page."
-- Jerry Kranitz, author and publisher of Aural Innovations, 7 Jan 2021

"Für Dave Pearson, der als "Computerchemist" firmiert, ist "The Fort" eine Premiere, nämlich sein erster Film-Soundtrack. Auf CD veröffentlicht, sind Film-Soundtracks ein bisweilen schwer zu handhabendes Material, weil sie passend für die Szenen eines Films komponiert werden. Allzu oft hat man es in der Vergangenheit erlebt, dass die Musik-Schnipsel so, wie sie sind, auf eine CD gepresst werden und ohne die begleitenden Bilder Funktion und Sinn verlieren. In diese Falle ist man bei "The Fort" erfreulicherweise schon einmal nicht gelaufen: Gerade einmal sechs Tracks füllen die Spieldauer einer CD nahezu komplett aus, und können auch ohne begleitendes Bilder bestehen.
In 'The Fort' muss sich eine versprengte Gruppe von Soldaten in einer alten Festung verschanzen und einrichten. Aber auch in dieser Refugium lässt sich die Realität eines Krieges nicht verdrängen. Eröffnet wird 'The Fort' von einem melodisch-rhythmischen Track, der mit seinen Gitarren-Parts den rockigen Touch mitbringt, den man schon von einigen Studioalben von Dave kennt. Danach wird es aber extrem atmosphärisch: Über weite Strecken hört man nur noch den Wind, der um das Fort weht, nur kurz unterbrochen von Passagen, die etwas mehr 'Action' andeuten. Das lässt viel Raum für eigene Vorstellungen, was in diesem Teil des Films in und in dem Fort vor sich geht.
'The Fort' sollte eigentlich im Mai 2020 Kino-Premiere haben, diese ist aber wie bei vielen andere Filmen Opfer der Corona-Pandemie geworden. Einstweilen muss das eigene 'Kopfkino' als Bühne für diesen Soundtrack herhalten. Und was das gute dabei ist: auf dieser Bühne muss nicht unbedingt ein Kriegsszenario der Hintergrund sein. Situationen, in denen Stille und Abgeschiedenheit Raum zur Selbstreflexion geben, gibt es überall, und der Soundtrack zu "The Fort" funktioniert auch, wenn man sich den Wind in den eigenen vier Wänden um den Kopf pfeifen lässt."
-- Alfred Arnold,, 12 Jan 2021


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Computerchemist is the ongoing solo project of Dave Pearson.
ARFM DJ Bruce Gall has remarked on the crossover style of his playing, invoking comparisons to electronic artists Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, and the progressive sounds of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour solo work, Ash Ra Tempel, Mike Oldfield, Steve Hackett, Brian Eno and King Crimson. ... more

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