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A Nice Find On Vinyl

March 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week while visiting an antiquarium my girl decided to pick an old Chico Buarque vinyl to inaugurate our new-old record player… :P And despite being a generic compilation there was a nice, unexpected find in it.

Chico has composed a song–along Roberto Menescal–called Bye bye Brasil to be a part of the homonym movie by Cacá Diegues late in the 70s; and re-recorded it one year later for one of his official albums. The fact is the original movie’s recording was never released again in digital format (even in the late Cacá Diegues music compilation the version there is the wrong one as far as I know) and could only be found in the original (and rare) soundtrack records.

Needless to say how happy I was to find out that the version in that compilation was the older one. I’m pretty sure it was included there by mistake since the sleeve notes talk about Chico’s personal album… :P Lucky me, I guess. :)

Here you can give both versions a listen–I’ve uploaded mine to YouTube. :) The original has more of a black music, 70s mood to it, while the other in more leaned towards latin rhythms.

Enjoy ’em, take care!

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Goldsmith: Laying Eggs. :)

January 28, 2014 2 comments

Hi there, how have you been?

Last week I talked about the wide, wild world of Jerry Goldsmith and how I’m digging his work deeper to scavenge myself some invaluable lessons. :) Well, as previously announced this week’s movie was the very first Alien in the series–the one directed by Ridley Scott.

Alien belongs to a fairly big teenager list of favorite sci-fi movies, but watching to it now–and paying its soundtrack the proper attention–as an adult made me realize it’s much more an horror movie than a plain, regular sci-fi shot. Of course, any sci-fi plot must have a tendency towards a thrilling atmosphere due to the inherent “unknown” factor, but several details–the soundtrack being the most important–hint the real intent behind the lens.

Alien (1979)

I could talk about the picture’s slow pace, about the long-lasting silences, the dark palette, the cinematography… but this being a music blog I think it’s better to stay safe at home. :P And Goldsmith’s formula here could easily be represented in a simple pie chart: 70% horror, 30% sci-fi. :)

The horror side of the pie is achieved by strings tricks well-known since Mr. Bernard Herrmann; the sci-fi one comes through more modern techniques involving electronic devices and resulting in effects like delay and reverberation in general. But the final word is the OST is really a case of “greater than the sum of its parts”. The cues for “monster approaching”–which are delivered through dynamics put to good use–influenced generations to come of horror/sci-fi composers.

I’ll leave you with a sample piece on the matter, and another of my favorite soundtracks in any medium: Super Metroid (SNES), by Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano. My bet is some of those seeds sprouted in Japan… ;)

See ya, take care!

Digging: Jerry Goldsmith

January 21, 2014 2 comments

Hi there, how have you been?

Continuing with my soundtrack studies–one composer after another, chronologically–I just arrived at this huge station: Jerry Goldsmith. The man had worked in so many movies, with so many styles that I don’t think I’ll be able to wrap it all up concisely inside my mind… but the trip–which barely started–is been already worth the “trouble”. :)

Jerry Goldsmith

I started a week ago by re-watching one of my all-time favourite movies ever: Planet of the Apes. Released in 1968 it’s an amazing sample of modern scoring in the 60s–I guess pratically every vanguard movies soundtrack back then came from the Sci-Fi genre. From this one I could grab some interesting ideas for “tribal”, percussive music.

Last week I picked a 70s specimen, one I remember my father talking about: Chinatown. From the awesome Roman Polanski this is a tough, sometimes fun, kinda over the top noir detective movie–great, really great stuff. And music helps it a lot by providing the perfect mood aside a very memorable main theme… which is an absolutely diverse work from the aforementioned “Apes”. :)

How many tricks Mr. Goldsmith had in his hat? And how could I afford to pay for such generous legacy? Both questions are hard to answer. :P For the time being just enjoy Chinatown’s solid soundtrack… as for me I’ll watch Alien for the twentienth time. :P But now with eyes and ears on Jerry. :)

See ya, take care!

Chase Theme… Shaft Based. -.-

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you doing?

This week I started working on a chasing theme for the already-mentioned indie game Hive. And with that soundtrack I decided to give a 70s coat of paint in the battle/tension/upbeat themes in order to not being stuck only with regular classic RPG pieces. Naturally I’m not ashamed to state my main reference in the matter is the awesome soundtrack for the 1971 Blaxploitation movie “Shaft”, by Isaac Hayes… lol because so many people (even awesome people) has borrowed something from that very source. :)

Below you’ve got a handful nice sounds: mine (modesty aside lol), Mr. Isaac’s original source and a couple other (not less-catchy) products of the original seed. Enjoy! :D

More On the Indie Game Soundtrack… Battle!

September 10, 2012 1 comment

Hi there guys, how are you all doing?

That indie videogame project is still running full speed ahead and this week I needed to come up with a battle theme–which is the most important music in any RPG out there since you’ll be listening to it for a LONG, LONG gameplay time–dozens of hours, truth to be told. So I really took my time thinking about this one, listened to my references on the matter once again and decided to do something different.

Most RPGs have a single remarkable theme for all the regular battles along an entire game. Things usually change in boss battles and all, but the main theme remains the same. But our story here starts a little… to peaceful for that IMO. What’s the solution? To keep that early battles’ theme casseroling. lol It’s simple, I’ll save the possibilities of epicness for later battles–to be more accurate  from the first boss battle on.

Enough silly talk, take a listen and enjoy the ride. ;)

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