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Noah Wall - Print The Legend

by Justin Pearson Rating:8 Release Date:2014-12-08

Noah Wall's Print the Legend is the soundtrack to a recent documentary of the same name that explores the 3D printing industry in all its struggles and triumphs. It's an album that works perfectly as a score to highlight innovation and entrepreneurialism as well as a record which plays just fine by itself as a score to your day-to-day life.

There's a clear sense of things happening right off the bat with lead track 'Hot Glue'. Propelled by its jazzy, freestyle drumming and guitar, it maintains an excitement throughout its short running-time that's similar to driving to an unkown destination: it moves, and that's all that matters.

Most of the songs barely clock in at two minutes, yet a gem like 'Blox' says all it needs to within the short span of time it's given. The carefree ease of its bouncy beat calls to mind the swirling of ideas that led to the technology on display in the documentary. Even outside the context of the film, you can feel a coming together of sorts with its strong, forward vibe.

The perfectly titled 'Bling Blong' encapsulates the working of a 3D printer with its xylophone drips and hiccuped bass as it stutters to life the same way the machine in question would. As you listen, you can almost see it working to spit out a design in tangible form.

Aptly-named 'Production Problems' is all discordant percussion from start to finish. Although twisted and tense, it remains consistent as it hammers itself through the problems it's straining to give voice to.

Moments like 'Detente' and 'Sweet Rhodes' further the documentary style of the film with their real-time aesthetics. Whether it's the easy acoustic plucking and tapping of the former or the soft expressions via the Rhodes piano of the latter, the unscripted nature comes to life and kicks out any artifice.

Print the Legend succeeds in supporting its subject matter as any good soundtrack should. But if you're not going to invest any time to view the film, it's still definitely worth an effort to hear these equally innovative instrumentals by themselves.

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