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A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One

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Released  August 31, 2004
Length  52:52
Release date  31 August 2004
Recorded  2001 and some in 2004
Artist  Omar Rodríguez-López
Producer  Omar Rodríguez-López
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A Manual Dexterity Soundtrack Volume One (2004)  The Special 12 Singles Series (2005)
A Manual Dexterity Soundtrack Volume One (2004)  Frances the Mute (2005)
Label  Rodriguez-Lopez Productions
Genres  Progressive rock, Experimental music, Post-rock
Similar  Omar Rodríguez-López albums, Progressive rock albums

A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One, the solo debut from The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, was recorded in 2001 after the breakup of former band At the Drive-In and released in 2004. This was supposed to be the first volume of a two-part soundtrack set to go along to a film directed by Rodriguez-Lopez.


The release of Volume Two, which was originally planned for Spring of 2005, and the film itself were both delayed indefinitely due to legal problems. Conflicts over ownership of certain footage and Rodríguez-López's reluctance to revisit the project, which featured his late friend Jeremy Michael Ward in the lead role, were both cited as reasons for the delay. However, Rodríguez-López stated that he does intend to release both Volume Two and the film at some point in the future.

"Deus Ex Machina" is a version of a song "Reina de Mi Vida", written by Omar's father Angel Marcelo Rodriguez (also known as Marcelo Rod-Che) for the famous Puerto Rican salsa orchestra El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico; here, it is performed by Angel Marcelo himself.

Track listing

  1. "Around Knuckle White Tile" – 7:16
  2. "Dyna Sark Arches" – 4:38
  3. "Here the Tame Go By" – 5:11
  4. "Deus Ex Machina" – 5:03
  5. "Dramatic Theme" – 7:16
  6. "A Dressing Failure" – 2:54
  7. "Sensory Decay Part II" – 6:04
  8. "Of Blood Blue Blisters" – 4:53
  9. "Dream Sequence" – 6:11
  10. "The Palpitations Form a Limit" – 3:22


  • Omar Rodríguez-López – Guitars, Bass, Percussion, Hand claps, Rolands VP 330, SH 1000, SH 101, SH 7, SH 2000, Korg MS 2000, Microkorg, Organ, Drum machines, Promars, Pianette, Piano, Yamaha QY 100, Rhythm sequence, Samples, TVs, Telephone, Typewriter, Breathing
  • Blake Fleming – Drums (1, 2, 5, 8, 10), Hand claps (2)
  • Jeremy Michael Ward – Melodica (2), Guitar pedals (5), Yelling (8)
  • John Frusciante – Mini moog (2, 3), A 100 (3), Guitars (5, 10)
  • Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Percussion & Hand claps (2), Vocals & Lyrics (10)
  • Angel Marcelo Rodriguez – Vocals & Lyrics (4)
  • David Lopez – Trumpet (4)
  • Cecilio Ortiz – Guitar (4)
  • Alberto El Professor Aragonez – Percussion (4)
  • Isaiah Ikey Owens – Piano (8)
  • Andrew Scheps – Trumpet (8)
  • Sara Christina Gross – Saxophone (9)
  • Trivia

  • "Manual Dexterity" was also the name of a song that appeared on Omar's former band De Facto's second album "Megaton Shotblast!"
  • Songs

    1Around Knuckle White Tile7:16
    2Dyna Sark Arches4:39
    3Here the Tame Go By5:11


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