FILMWORKS XVI: Workingman's Death (2005)

Track Listing 

1. Gadani Slipway  9:02 
2. Juju  6:15 
3. Sulphur Mining  6:30 
4. Horn Carrier  3:16 
5. Atmosphere  2:14 
6. The Miners  3:06 
7. Steel Foundry  6:01 
8. Work Trance  3:20 
9. Ghost Ship  2:51 
10. Dark Caves  3:18 
11. Slaughterhouse  9:10 
12. Guitar Juju  6:20


Cyro Baptista: Percussion 
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Bass 
Ikue Mori: Electronics 
Jamie Saft: Electric Piano, Guitar 
John Zorn: Organ, Gamelan


All Music Composed and Arranged by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer:  Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded and Mixed by Jamie Saft at Frank Booth, Brooklyn, NY January - March 2005 
Mastering by Scott Hull at Jigsaw Sound, NYC 
All Photos courtesy of the director (used by permission) 
China: Zhou Hai; Indonesia: Mohamad Iqbal; Nigeria: Uche; Pakistan: G.M.B. Akash; Ukraine: Michael Glawogger, Andrea Gurtner, Viktor Marushchenko
Notes by John Zorn
Design by Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin) 


Zorn’s latest soundtrack is scored for percussion and electronics, and features two masterful musicians who have been working with him consistently since 1981: Cyro Baptista and Ikue Mori. The subject of the film is quite remarkable—men who work life-threatening jobs—and as the settings jump from Java to China, Nigeria to the Ukraine, so does the music. Steaming sulphur mines, the bloodbaths of a brutal slaughterhouse…these are just a few of the scenes that are evoked in this unique score that blends dynamic rhythms with ambient soundscapes.

Series:  FilmworksArchival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ7347

Release Date:  May 2005