15 Mar 2015
23 Skidoo / Beyond Time / TWI 1223 
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Beyond Time is a soundtrack album by legendary experimental group 23 Skidoo, released in a special double disc edition combining the music score on CD and vinyl with a DVD of the film itself.

Directed by Alex Turnbull and Pete Stern, Beyond Time is a journey into the life and work of artist William Turnbull, from his modest roots as the son of a Dundee shipyard engineer to his standing as one of the world’s most highly regarded modern sculptors. Narration is by Jude Law. “An insightful, irreverent documentary, yet with a palpable sense of purpose” said the Daily Telegraph, with the Guardian confirming that "William Turnbull helped change the way we see art today.”

The soundtrack music is performed by 23 Skidoo. Formed in 1979 as industrial, post-punk and funk genres merged, the group includes Bill Turnbull’s sons Alex and Jonny together with Fritz Catlin and Peter ‘Sketch’ Martin. Along with new music, the accomplished score features re-worked versions of older material.

“Johnny and I thought 23 Skidoo’s anti-commercial tendencies came from a punk sensibility,” explains Alex. “But it turns out we had a genetic predisposition to anti-establishment practices. Bill was a polymath at a time when that was a dirty word, shifting between sculpture and painting and putting both in a symbiotic relationship. Now crossing boundaries is everywhere: think of hip-hop. The name of the band referenced a William Burroughs short story. Burroughs used, as we did, cut-up techniques, collaging and sampling. We were oblivious to the fact that a lot of that aesthetic was in what Bill did until I made the film.”

Both the CD and vinyl versions of TWI 1223 include a Region 0 NTSC format DVD of the documentary, but different artwork. The CD/DVD package features a monochrome portrait of Bill by photographer Ida Carr, while the vinyl/DVD version features a detail from 05 by William Turnbull (oil on canvas, 1959) printed on matt reverse board.


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