The Cinematic Orchestra

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The Cinematic Orchestra
The Cinematic Orchestra at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, 2009
The Cinematic Orchestra at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow , 2009
General information
Genre (s) Electronica , jazz , soul , trip-hop
founding 1999
Founding members
Jason Swinscoe
Current occupation
Jason Swinscoe
Stuart McCallum
Phil France
Nick Ramm
Tom Chant
Luke Flowers
Patrick Watson
former members
Alex James
Daniel Howard
Federico Ughi
Jamie Coleman
Patrick Carpenter

The Cinematic Orchestra (TCO) is a British band. It was founded by Jason Swinscoe in the late 1990s and releases its albums on the London independent label Ninja Tune . Their style is a mixture of jazz improvisation and electronica .

The band members are currently the bassist Phil France, the guitarist Stuart McCallum, the pianist Nick Ramm, the saxophonist Tom Chant, the drummer Luke Flowers and the singer-songwriter Patrick Watson as well as occasional guest musicians.

The band attracted attention with a revision of the score for Dziga Wertow's experimental silent film The Man with the Camera , which was commissioned by the organizers of the Oporto Festival for the European Capital of Culture 2000. The soundtrack was recorded live by TCO during the performance.

The band worked with American soul singer Fontella Bass on their albums Every Day and "Ma Fleur" .


While studying art at Cardiff College , Swinscoe founded the group Crabladder in 1990 and released an official single on his own label "Power Tools". In 1994 Swinscoe got a job as a DJ at Heart FM , a pirate broadcaster from south London.

The band's sound - both live and in the context of the studio - includes a live jazz band improvising with a turntablist and elements of electronic music such as Swinscoe's samples. In her studio releases, Swinscoe often remixes the live material to create a finished product that seamlessly blends the live jazz improvisations with electronic music.

The Cinematic Orchestra's debut album, Motion , was released in 1999. The tremendous success of the album resulted in the band being invited to the Directors Guild of America Award ceremony to perform during the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award for director Stanley Kubrick .

In addition, the organizers of the Oporto Festival, European Capital of Culture 2001, asked the band to produce a new score for the 1929 Russian silent film classic, The Man with the Camera by Dziga Wertow , and to play it live during the film screening. This work differed from the other compositions of the band because of its live character, which did not allow for complex post-productions like the album "Motion". The Cinematic Orchestra went on tour with this project and released an album with the same name a little later. Many of the live compositions that were originally produced for The Man with the Camera were mixed up from the live form to the studio format. B. vocal and electronic elements were added and used for the next album Every Day .


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
every day
  UK 54 05/25/2002 (2 weeks)
Ma Fleur
  UK 44 05/19/2007 (2 weeks)
  CH 94 05/20/2007 (1 week)
To believe
  DE 42 March 22, 2019 (1 week)
  CH 37 March 24, 2019 (1 week)
  UK 19th March 28, 2019 (1 week)
  UK 93 10/26/2002 (1 week)


  • 1999: Motion
  • 2000: Remixes 1998-2000
  • 2002: Every Day
  • 2003: Man With A Movie Camera
  • 2007: Ma Fleur (April)
  • 2008: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • 2009: Mystery of the Flamingos (The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos) - Soundtrack
  • 2010: Late Night Tales: The Cinematic Orchestra
  • 2012: In Motion # 1
  • 2019: To Believe

Singles (with awards)

  • 2007: To Build A Home (UK:goldgold)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Cinematic Orchestra. Ninja Tune, accessed December 28, 2010 .
  2. Chart sources: DE CH UK
  3. Music Sales Awards: UK