el Horsphol brings to the public his creation of 11 compositions that runs just over an hour. During those 60 minutes, you get to hear no singing but just TRUE music. Hailing from the land down under, Horsphol adds a digital quality on this record that can be best described as picturesque. All the tracks are composed, mixed and produced by Horsphol not to mention all the art work as well. This one-man-show brings a superb piece to the ears and minds of people from all walks of life.
The music on this album definitely has major classical elements along with worldly sensations. The sound has a very powerful effect on the listener and that is due in big part to its cinematic approach. The twists and turns mixed with dramatic spins can all be heard by the way this Australian native composed these numbers. Makes sense that Horsphol has already done soundtrack work for small productions in Australia and the United States. Soundtracks for major motion pictures seem to be Michael Horsphol’s calling card, just from what I hear on this record.
Right away when I pushed play, I picked up on the movie soundtrack vibe. Just has that feel of watching a movie and this being the music you want to hear to compliment the flick. Couldn’t help but think back to Tim Burton’s Batman and how Danny Elfman’s music score jived perfectly with the movie. I think Horsphol’s recent composition here would also blend in tremendously with a motion picture of that caliber. I would even say perhaps an Action/Suspense/Mystery thriller would be right up Michael’s alley as well.
The 11 titles on this record offer up a magical and mysterious sound that can even be perceived as majestic. The suspense is played upon by a climactic effect that Horsphol likes to incorporate into his music. This composer is taking you on an exciting journey through the lands of ClassicVille, World-Fusion Place and finally departing at Motion Picture Boulevard. Only question I have is what movie this score would go to and if Roger Ebert would give both the movie and Michael Horsphol’s arrangement two thumbs up. I give The Music of Michael Horsphol a standing “O” and hope to see many movies in the future with Michael H as the Score Keeper.
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By Jimmy Rae