Serj Tankian has released the Cinematique Series, a 25-track, two-part collection of instrumental music.
The collection is assembled in two separate albums: Illuminate and Violent Violins. The former features classical, cinematic arrangements and instrumentation, where as Violent Violins melds that style to a more modern approach featuring synths and electronica.
“Starting with Elect the Dead Symphony in 2009, I’ve been working on classical compositions and film scores while touring with various orchestras around the world,” Tankian said of his prolific output in a press statement. “In this time, I have amassed quite a large collection of classical and cinematic compositions. Some of them have been used in various film scores when appropriate and others are unreleased. The two collections here are comprised of compositions curated as records from light to dark, classical to modern, transcendent to dissonant.”
Looking ahead, Tankian has even more cinematic musical releases on the horizon. His soundtrack to the documentary Truth to Power — focusing on Tankian’s activism efforts — arrives August 31st. Meanwhile the soundtrack to the documentary I Am Not Alone is due out in mid September. Tankian also plans on releasing a pair of live albums by the end of the year.