Cinema Eyes Revisited

5 February 2019
Soft Riot | Fiction Prediction - Cover

At the very start of 2013, Soft Riot and 0.5 made their first contact via Soundcloud – thanks to our dear friend Michael Giebl from the Vienna underground music circuit (Future Echo / TRANSFORMER) who introduced 0.5 to [JJD]’s amazing cinematic music world.

With six albums under his belt so far, Soft Riot’s body of work deserves nothing but superlative praise. 0.5 was truly honoured to have got a very special version of one of Soft Riot’s many many ace pieces – “Cinema Eyes”, issued in 2013, exclusively for the “Small Doses” 5th issue.

— Ivan Antunovic (0.5, Iv/An)

“Cinema Eyes” came out mid-2013 on the album Fiction Prediction, released in Europe on Other Voices and in North America on Volar Records. I think that in my whole timespan of creating music, it is a track that has the most versions that are available for public consumption; there being three in total. There’s the standard album version, and extended version and then a special version that was arranged for an exclusive release in Small Doses. There’s also a fourth “demo” version of this that sounds somewhat different, as “Cinema Eyes” was one of those Frankenstein-style compositions that had some hiccups in the writing and production process. But then, like most other song writers, there’s a breakthrough moment when some new ideas and new ways of viewing a track that come to one’s mind and that’s when things start to click.

Cinema Eyes – Album Version

This is the original, finished version of the track, released on Fiction Prediction.

Cinema Eyes – Extended Version

The idea for this version was to go back to the “classic” idea of the remix, which back in the day was basically an edit of the original, often elongating and isolating parts of the composition into something that was more suited for dancefloors and for a longer listening duration. Such was the case for this extended version, with the inclusion of a more straightforward drumbeat. This was released on the CD version of Fiction Prediction.

Cinema Eyes – Small Doses Version

A more drastically modified version of the track. I seem to remember thinking “Detroit Techno” when I started doing this one, although of course it came out sounding absolutely nothing like that.

Cinema Eyes – Promotional Video

And the promotional video for the track, done on almost £0.00 money in a creaky ground floor flat in Walthamstow, London UK. There’s a lot of characters in this video. Can you spot them all?

Check out Iv/An‘s latest release, a split between 0.5 and Tonn Recordings that you can purchase here. There’ll be more coming soon from the Soft Riot vault, with a plan to release a collection of “odds and ends”: unreleased and alternate versions of tracks recorded between 2011-2019. There’s some new recordings in the works as well but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for that!