„A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction.“ This quote from the late Stanley Kubrick basically sums up what Jason Swinscoe, the mastermind behind The Cinematic Orchestra, had in mind, when he asked fellow musicians and producers like Dorian Concept & Tom Chant, Austin Peralta and Grey Reverend if they would like to record imaginery soundtracks for a few of avant-garde cinema’s classics for a series of releases on his newly minted Motion Audio label. At times working with a string quartet the results are captivating and vivid. The Cinematic Orchestra kick things off with „Necrology,“ the least orchestral piece of the album, which explores jazz fusion-style off beat rhythms and lush textures with a mesmerizing effect. New York-based pianist Austin Peralta’s entry on the other side is a beautifully arranged piece of classical strings and solo piano. The two contributions by Dorian Concept and Tom Chant are the most electronic, with tension-building string parts and saxophone rubbing against bubbling analogue textures and arpeggiated synth melodies. Another highlight is The Cinematic Orchestra’s bitter-sweet orchestral closing piece „Manhatta.“ „The Cinematic Orchestra presents In Motion #1“ is a promising start for this new series to explore film music without actually being film music.