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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!

A Great, Underrated Soundtrack Given the Proper Attention. :)

February 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Coincidentaly in a week I was digging my ol’ Bomberman II (NES) cart to make some scans I stumbled on this fortunate surprise: its soundtrack is now neatly organized at Soundcloud. :)

Bomberman II

June Chikuma–the awesome composer behind the work–was kind enough to upload a lot of videogame stuff at her profile there and there are plenty of lessons to be taken for free. My favorite one is the aforementioned Bomberman II OST because in this work she managed to expand former ideas to unconceivable depths at the time and turned something until then only catchy into some really classic pieces.

Without further ado, enjoy her generosity and take a listen yourself. I’m sure you’re gonna enjoy it. :)

Take care, see ya!

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Awesome.

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Yesterday I finally watched the full, extended version of Leone‘s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly“–the classic Spaghetti Western–and it’s an easily-reckognizable masterpiece, both movie and music wise. I don’t care if it takes almost 3 hours to completely unfold itself, the only thing I know is EVERY second should be there the way it is–with the music serving it good too.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Ennio Morricone has managed to engrave in everyone’s mind a typical “western” sound crafted from nowhere and his style really shows off in this movie in particular.

I can’t say any better than “go watch it”, but for now I just want to share my favorite scene, when Tuco finally arrives at the cemetery and starts looking for a particular grave. Awesome stuff.

See ya, take care!

Bernard Herrmann, You Nailed ME.

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week I re-watched Hitchcock’s classic Psycho with all ears on Mr. Bernard Hermann’s soundtrack… And I must say any score below a rare “perfect” for such a work would be an understatement. Everything and more is there: aggressiveness, thrill, fear, mystery… All thrown up within an absurd level of cohesion and vaguardism.

My favorite one–despite “Murder” being more important, of course–is “Prelude”. I think all the other content derives from that piece and it encapsulates the overall mood of the entire work. But you’re free to disagree, of course. ;)

See ya next week, take care!

Psycho

On Effects Percussion

September 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Talking about music ambience it can be very interesting to hear instruments switching roles inside an arrangement. This time I want to point one of my favorite techiniques out for reaching such results: sporadic percussion.

In gereral rhythmic instruments are used for guiding harmonic and melodic ones over a tempo line; but if you manage to pick a particular sound that stays “apart”, clear from all the others that’s a good opportunity to explore its “mood” vein. :)

Here’s a nice example on the matter, taken from one of the finest videogames soundtracks ever (IMMO): Soul Star, by Nathan McCree.

Here we can listen to some high percussion (a tambourine, some cymbals) standing above everything else and shining without the duty to keep up with the main rhythmic line. Beautiful.

That’s it, have an awesome week!

Intouchables: A French Soundtrack

August 26, 2013 2 comments

Hi there, how are you all doing?

This week I watched a nice French comedy/drama movie called The Intouchables. A beautiful story, depite being told in a bit of a Hollywoodian mood–but still fresh for NOT being American, I guess. :) Anyway–as always–I want to talk about the soundtrack…

Intouchables Soundtrack

Mr. Ludovico Einaudi–the composer–made the clever choice of borrowing influences from French romantic composers like Chopin to craft a brand new OST while keeping some emotional attachment to it–as if the new themes ring an old bell within the minds of the viewers. The American licensed R&B don’t hurt the selection a bit too. :)

Check this sample, watch the movie and grab the entire soundtrack if you like it. :)

See ya, take care!

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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