Stevie Wonder's Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants"

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Stevie Wonder's Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants"

Post  jancancook on Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:05 am

Stevie Wonder's Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants" is an album by Stevie Wonder, originally released on the Tamla Motown label on October 30, 1979 (see 1979 in music). It is the soundtrack to the documentary The Secret Life of Plants, directed by Walon Green which was based on the book of the same name by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird.

Wonder created the film score through a complex process of elaboration. The film's producer, Michael Braun, described each visual image in detail, while the sound engineer, Gary Olzabal, specified the length of a passage. This information was processed to a four-track tape (with the film's sound on one of the tracks), leaving Wonder space to add his own musical accompaniment. [1] The result is an underscore that, at times, closely mimics the visual images on the screen.

The film was seen by few people, severing whatever connection the music may have had to actual visual images. Motown decided to release the album on its own as the long-awaited sequel to Stevie Wonder's 1976 Grammy Award-winning Songs in the Key of Life. Journey through the Secret Life of Plants was panned by many critics and was confusing to many fans, who didn't know what to make of the conceptual, mostly instrumental double album.[citation needed] Yet some took Wonder's ambitious attempt seriously. "At this point," one review read, "he looks to be the most effective and powerful composer to wed classical Western music with the Afro-American basis for most American pop music today." [2].




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Post  XREDXR on Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:24 am

This information was processed to a four-track tape (with the film's sound on one of the tracks), leaving Wonder space to add his own musical accompaniment. [1] The result is an underscore that, at times, closely mimics the visual images on the screen.



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