Johannesburg 1912 – The Soundtrack

I’ve finally put together a DJ mix of all the songs that have helped inspire the Johannesburg period story I’ve been working on. It doubles as a Sunday Morning/chill out type mix that one can get lost in.

Stream or download to listen:

Johannesburg 1912

Johannesburg 1912

This is the track listing:

Polyphony – Sleep

Elo Method & Delta X – Ghost Lights intro edit

Vitamin String Quartet  – This Charming Man (Smiths cover)

Vitamin String Quartet – Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (Smiths cover)

Elizabeth Wheeler and Harry Anthony – Meet me tonight in dreamland (From 1909)

Maxence Cyrin – No Cars Go (Arcade Fire cover)

Ludwig Van Beethoven – Piano Sonata #14 In C Sharp Minor

Emika – Credit Theme

Julianna Barwick – Anjos

Fulka – Lulajże Jezuniu (Polish)

The Kooks – Runaway intro edit

The Pogues – The Sick Bed Of Cuchuliann

Mogwai – Get to France

Peter Broderick – It Wasn’t A Deer Skull

Gonzales – Overnight

M83 – Where The Boats Go

Ghostland – Interview with the angel part II

Bonobo – Black Sands (Duke Dumont’s ‘Grains Of Sand’ Reconstruction Edit)

A Hollow In The Land – A Call To Arms

Tchaikovsky – Symphony #6 In B Minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique”

Track comments:

Polyphony’s Sleep (written by American composer Eric Whitacre) would be the opening music over the opening sequence. In my mind, it plays over an aerial moving shot of bush and forest that eventually hits Parktown Ridge (at the peak of the piece) and then the town as at would have looked in 1912. It would have to be scale model of gigantic proportions with a budget to match.

The string quartet versions of the Smiths songs are played at a party. I hear Morrissey’s lyrics dancing with the writings of Oscar Wilde.

Fulka & A Hollow in the Land (Fulka side project) are both South African groups who I would commission to work on original music should this story ever make it to film. They are that good.

The Pogues track may seem out of place, but it captures the back story of the main character going off the rails in spectacular fashion.

M83 and Ghostland cover a major turning point in the story. I actually listen to the music while writing to capture everything I see in my mind.

Visit the new blog site for Johannesburg 1912 for some of the background research. I don’t share the actual stories until they are finished or published.


I’ve linked what tracks I can to iTunes but not all tracks are available. Some I’ve linked to a similar version where applicable. Where the songs are blank: there is no original, different version or suitable alternative. Check out the stream via the link at the top of the post to hear the whole thing mixed.