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Anamanaguchi: Kickstarter

Hi there, how have you been?

This week I just want to share the Kickstarter project for the new Anamanaguchi’s album. I think they’re weird, creepy, spooky, maybe annoying… lol But I can’t help but LIKING their music, and that’s what really matters in the end of the day.

Those guys work with old-school videogame systems (NES, Game Boy) no create new, original pop music… To a GREAT resul IMMO. If you’re still on the fence check this out and come back to tell me. :P

That’s it for now, have a nice week and help those kids if you like ’em. :)

Anamanaguchi

You can’t get more awesome than that… *-*

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Bernard Herrmann’s Soundtrack for “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

May 20, 2013 1 comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Lately I’ve been reading a book on the history of film music scoring, and as as the book goes I choose a couple films to watch and analyze. This week I went for “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) a sci-fi alien movie which had the fantastic Bernard Herrmann (who worked a lot with Hitchcock) in charge of its peculiar soundtrack.

The film itself is kinda silly–sorry movie lovers lol–but the soundtrack has a good degree of pioneer-ism to it because it’s one of the first times terror tactics were used together with sci-fi ambience. That could be achieved through splitting the OST in two main concepts–pretty much like any art work should be: form and content.

The content is WHAT you want to tell. In music that comes to be the structural pieces of the composition–like harmony, melody and rhythm (roughly).

The form is HOW you tell it. Again, in music that means the superficial characteristics of the recording–instrumentation, arrangement and so on.

Herrmann’s trick here was to use a terror content together with a sci-fi form by choosing electronic instruments (including the theremin) to play ’em. In a certain way it’s like if H.P. Lovecraft decided to make music instead of writing… :P

Give it a listen, I’m sure it’s well worth of your time. :)

See ya, have a nice week!

New Song–Text Over Music This Time.

Hi there, how have you been?

A couple weeks ago I listened to an interview with the Brazillian songwriter Djavan and it was shocking to hear about his composition process. He said that as the voice usually is the last thing to be recorded in an album he makes all the instrumental work first; and WHILE the songs are being recorded he starts writing the lyrics. O.O

That’s an absurd due to how high Djavan sets the bar for his lyrics… and for showing how confident he is when it comes to his creativity. :P

Anyway I tried something like that as an exercise for me–without the pressure, the deadlines, of course lol–and came up with this:

The lyrics are much better in Portuguese but I’ll translate ’em anyway. ;)

See ya, have an awesome week!

Lost and Found

To know:
The "Lost and Found" bill
includes a dress
and what would be a pair of gloves
(if it's the case of the other hand appears).

- Couple's hammock;
- Cups (three all the same);
- An ambergris censer.

Yet to be found:
A record player; a bookmark;
a curtain; a glass jar;
and a mother-of-pearl'd jewel case
(heart-shaped).

- Pics of Paris;
- Letters (a chest);
Useless things.

Daft Punk and the New Soundtrack For TRON

This weekend I watched the recent TRON rehash while giving the soundtrack some deserved attention… :P And I must say I liked that Daft Punk work a lot.

In my opinion what’s most interesting about this OST is they managed to drink in some practically unavoidable sci-fi references–mostly from Blade Runner, indisputably–while not losing their personal touch and making it more… modern. (If I can say such a thing of some futuristic music. lol)

Let’s take a look at some of those peculiar features. :)

1) The tribute to the past is paid mostly through the timbers. Synths, fake strings and retro blips get that part of the job easily done.

2) The tension is kept up by the usage of some “echoing” tricks, just like Vangelis did with Blade Runner’s main theme. That can be done with plain delays or with more “filling” in the strings strikes, for example… Even when the tempo is slow that will work it out.

3) Being modern by being punchy. This is what differs this work from any other old-school futuristic theme: the ability of being concise. Or… modern. :)

That’s it for the week, enjoy the music and let me know: do you think this OST can become a classic 20 years from now?

See ya, have an awesome week!

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