The Seduction of Claude Debussy

The Seduction of Claude Debussy is the fifth and final studio album by Art of Noise, released in June 1999 in the United Kingdom and the United States, and December 1999 in Japan. It features a line-up of Trevor Horn, Anne Dudley, Paul Morley and Lol Creme, along with other appearances from John Hurt, soprano Sally Bradshaw, Rakim, and Donna Lewis. As it had been 10 years since their last album, this album carries a completely different sound to that which had defined their four previous albums. The group blended the music of French impressionist composer Claude Debussy with drum and bass, opera, hip hop, jazz, and narration, to create a concept album which they described as "the soundtrack to a film that wasn't made about the life of Claude Debussy."[2]

The Seduction of Claude Debussy
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Studio album by
Released28 June 1999 (United Kingdom)
1 December 1999 (Japan)
Recorded1998–1999
GenreAtmospheric drum and bass, electronica, breakbeat, alternative hip hop
Length56:42
LabelZTT Records United Kingdom
Universal
UD-53235 United States
ProducerTrevor Horn
Anne Dudley
Art of Noise chronology
Below the Waste
(1989)
The Seduction of Claude Debussy
(1999)
And What Have You Done with My Body, God?
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic link
Hiponline link
Q[1]
Salonlink

The album was announced in mid-1998 as being due for release by the end of that year,[3] but did not release until mid-1999. The album was only released on CD and MiniDisc formats. The UK edition was released 28 June 1999, while the US edition was released 29 June 1999. The Japan edition was released 1 December 1999.

Track listingsEdit

Standard editionsEdit

The most widely available, commercial editions of the album were released in the UK, US, Canada, and France, and contained these tracks:

  1. "Il Pleure (At the Turn of the Century)" – 8:02
  2. "Born on a Sunday" – 4:40
  3. "Dreaming in Colour" – 6:42
  4. "On Being Blue" – 4:58
  5. "Continued in Colour" – 1:19
  6. "Rapt: In the Evening Air" – 4:21
  7. "Metaforce" – 3:44
  8. "The Holy Egoism of Genius" – 7:56
  9. "La Flûte de Pan" – 2:45
  10. "Metaphor on the Floor" – 2:06
  11. "Approximate Mood Swing No. 2" – 2:14
  12. "Pause" – 2:30
  13. "Out of This World [Version 138]" – 5:27

US bonus discEdit

The first US edition of the album, released 29 June 1999, was a two-disc set, with the second disc containing the following tracks:

  1. "Metaforce" – 4:55
  2. "Metaforce: The Sighs of a Metaphor" (remix by Roni Size) – 6:37
  3. "Metaforce: The Size of a Metaphor" (remix by Roni Size) – 5:41
  4. "Metaforce: The Beat of a Metaphor" (remix by Rhythm Masters) – 6:54

Japanese editionEdit

The Japanese edition, released 1 December 1999, was a CD-Extra containing the following audio tracks (some of which are slightly different mixes from the standard edition, despite similar durations):

  1. "Il Pleure (At the Turn of the Century)" – 8:02
  2. "Born on a Sunday" – 4:39
  3. "Dreaming in Colour" – 6:42
  4. "On Being Blue" – 4:58
  5. "Continued in Colour" – 1:20
  6. "Rapt: In the Evening Air" – 4:22
  7. "Metaforce" – 3:43
  8. "Holy Egoism of Genius" – 7:57
  9. "La Flûte de Pan" – 2:45
  10. "Metaphor on the Floor" – 2:05
  11. "Approximate Mood Swing No. 2" – 2:11
  12. "Pause" – 2:29
  13. "Metaforce – The Size of a Metaphor: Mix by Roni Size" – 5:40
  14. "Dreaming: Colour Green (Brothers in Rhythm via Art of Noise)" – 5:22
  15. "Out of This World [Version 138]" – 5:25

The CD-ROM portion of the disc contained the "Metaforce" video in a QuickTime format.

Pre-release promo/The Production of Claude DebussyEdit

A promotional version mixed by Trevor Horn, released several months in advance in the US, Canada, and UK (CD-R only in the UK) and later on the At The End of the Century compilation, contained the same tracks in a slightly different sequence and with some mixing differences in "Born on a Sunday" and with "Dreaming in Colour" being one continuous track instead of split into two.

This version, retitled the "producer's cut" was included on the 2015 compilation Art of Noise At the End of A Century. It was given a stand-alone digital release as The Production of Claude Debussy in 2022.[4]

  1. "Il Pleure (At the Turn of the Century)" – 8:03
  2. "Born on a Sunday" – 4:37
  3. "Dreaming in Colour" – 8:33
  4. "On Being Blue" – 5:09
  5. "Rapt: In the Evening Air" – 4:21
  6. "Metaforce" – 3:44
  7. "Holy Egoism of Genius" – 7:56
  8. "La Flûte de Pan" – 2:31
  9. "Out of This World [Version 138]" – 5:16
  10. "Metaphor on the Floor" – 2:06
  11. "Approximate Mood Swing No. 2" – 2:14
  12. "Pause" – 2:31

ReductionEdit

Reduction, released in 2000, was a limited edition album consisting mainly of outtakes from The Seduction of Claude Debussy. It was available as a separate item in some regions, or as the second disc in a 2-disc set in other regions. Most editions had the following tracks:

  1. "Identity Crisis"
  2. "Motive"
  3. "(New York London Paris) Spleen"
  4. "Saluting the point of no return"
  5. "Man And Boy"
  6. "Information"
  7. "And I Placed My Fingers On Her Eyes As Though I Was Touching The Silent Controls Of A TV Set"

The version of Reduction in the French 2-disc edition added a remix of "Dreaming in Colour":

  1. "Identity Crisis"
  2. "Motive"
  3. "(New York London Paris) Spleen"
  4. "Saluting the point of no return"
  5. "Man And Boy"
  6. "Information"
  7. "Dreaming: Maroon"
  8. "And I Placed My Fingers On Her Eyes As Though I Was Touching The Silent Controls Of A TV Set"

Custom CD offerEdit

From 24 June through 30 September 1999, people who purchased the US edition of The Seduction of Claude Debussy from certain vendors received, by email, a code which could be used to order a custom CD-R containing 5 to 12 (initially, 5 to 10) previously unreleased tracks from the group's early years, with one of three titles, each with its own cover art. The titles available to choose from were as follows:

  • Bashful
  • Belief System
  • An Extra Pulse of Beauty

The tracks available were the following:

  • "A Time to Hear (Who's Listening?)" – 3:34
  • "Who's Afraid (of Scale)" – 4:38
  • "Resonance" – 2:14
  • "Beat Box (Diverted)" – 8:12
  • "Memory Loss" – 1:27
  • "Beat Box (One Made Earlier)" – 2:27
  • "Structure" – 1:14
  • "A Time to Clear (Up)" – 4:19
  • "Beat Box (Diversion)" – 4:09
  • "The Subject Has Moved Left" – 1:46
  • "Closer (to the Edit)" – 6:23
  • "Resin" – 3:20

PersonnelEdit

Featured artists
Guest Personnel

Chart positionsEdit

The album reached No.150 on the UK Albums Chart on 7 October 1999.[5] The "Metaforce" single (ZTT 129 CD) reached No.53 on the UK Singles Chart on 26 June 1999.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cranna, Ian. "Review: Art Of Noise – The Seduction Of Claude Debussy". Q. EMAP Metro Ltd (July 1999): 104.
  2. ^ Zupko, Sarah. "Art of Noise: The Seduction of Claude Debussy". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. 13 June 1998. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Seduction - The Producer's Cut". 11 February 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Chart Log UK 1994–2008 A – Azzido Da Bass". Retrieved 3 May 2011.

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