Star Wars Music and More from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
I love music and enjoy many genres. One of my favorites is soundtracks. If you are a regular reader here, you also know I am a huge fan of Open Culture. Some movie franchises, James Bond for example, are known for their excellent scores. Some composers are, more or less, known only as film composers. Can you name one work by John Williams that is not a soundtrack?
If you are a Star Wars fan, check out the video below. Vader and some troopers even showed up for the event!
The Praugue Philharmanic Performs The Imperial March
The article at Open Culture includes links to even more soundtracks including, one of my all time favorites, 2001:A Space Odyssey. The article has both links and playlists. Some of the works mentioned go all the way back to silent movies… yeah, somewhat of an oxymoron eh?
- Star Wars The Force Awakens Soundtrack Lands On iTunes (geeky-gadgets.com)
- ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Soundtrack – Stream the Score! (justjared.com)
Radiohead – Spectre
While I am not a fanatical James Bond fan, I confess I have most of the 007 films except for a few of recent ones. I am also certain, I will get around to the more recent releases when I happen on them this winter at my local library. (A quick stop at Wikipedia list 24 titles, of which I have seen 21.)
One can not deny that the character is timeless. Mr. Bond has entertained at least four generations of fans. One could also say the same about the soundtracks. I don’t own any James Bond movies, but I still have a few cassette tapes of James Bond movie soundtracks. Seriously, what musician wouldn’t want to do music for a Bond film?
Furthermore, I am not a huge fan of Radiohead. I respect their work and it is obvious they have much talent, but I rarely listen to works such as Magic Beans except when I am occasionally in the mood for such. I am more of a blues, jazz or hard rock listener. However, after hearing Spectre work by Radiohead, I am amazed that it was not actually included in the film. They put it up as a Christmas gift to their fans at their SoundCloud Page. They had the following to say:
Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.
In my humble opinion, they nailed it. It is perfect music for a Bond film. Especially since I went and listened to some of the material from the soundtrack. It is a shame that “It didn’t work out”. The track below is many times better than many of the tracks that are in the soundtrack.
For The Hunger Games Soundtrack
I feel both the books and movies are excellent. It is nice to see that the music is going to be as well.
This Week We Start with a Long Rant and End with a Long Track
We started off with a few from the Monterey International Pop Fest. They were:
- Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
- Otis Redding – Shake
- The Mamas and The Pappas – California Dreamin
- VIDEO: Arlington Acapella Group Pentatonix Debuts New Song For Ninja Turtles Movie (kvil.cbslocal.com)
- Pentatonix Team Up With Paramount For Ninja Turtle-themed Ode To Pizza (contactmusic.com)
- It’s Pentatonix vs. TMNT in the New Music Video ‘We Are Ninjas’ (nerdist.com)
Hung Over and Moving in a Great New Video
Shortly after Gangnam Style hit 2 billion views, many thought, perhaps hoped that Psy had faded into music history. Well he is back. This time he is kicking it with Snoop Dogg and they are raping about what happens the morning after you paint the town a little too hard. The video is destined to be a classic.
ISP and Service Providers Seemingly at War
There has been much going on with the these companies and we decided to group three related stories and discuss them as a whole.
The stories are:
- Amazon to release console or set top box
- Netflix packets being dropped because Verizon wants more money
- Netflix pays Comcast for direct connection
It will be interesting to see what happens now that Netflix worked out a deal with Comcast.
Screen Legend, Diplomat and Role Model
Listeners and readers, we are sorry to inform you that Shirley Temple Black, famous child actress and, later in life, diplomat has passed at age 85. While film will immortalize her as a child star, I hope just as many will remember her for “having enough of the pretend” and leaving a mark as a diplomat. She was also a woman who spoke openly about breast cancer encouraging women to have breast lumps checked in an era when the subject was taboo. She did so publicly while recovering from her mastectomy in her hospital bed.
The New York Times has a nice article about the woman and her life. It is worth the time to read because she was much more than a child star who had a non-alcoholic drink named in her honor. She put forth a very serious and noble effort as a diplomat which, initially, was not well received by many. However, it was her integrity and effort that persevered to win the respect of many if not most in the field of diplomacy, including Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon.
- Sad News – Shirley Temple has passed away. (crankycaregiver.wordpress.com)
- Actress Shirley Temple Black Dies at Age 85 (wccbcharlotte.com)
- Agent: Shirley Temple Black Dead at 85 (variety.com)
The music featured in this week’s show is the craft of Mr. Jeff Ronay. You can find out more about Jeff at jeffronay.com
Disney and EA enter a long term Star Wars contract
Space Hulk video game just like the Board Game – you’ll see the dice roll. Thanks to PCgames
Wizards of the Coast today announced two exciting new features coming to Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers! Sealed Play and a new take on the popular Slivers creature type will both make their debut in the Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise with Magic 2014.
The addition of Sealed Play will allow players to open booster packs and build decks to play against the AI and other players. Each sealed pool is comprised of 84 cards, mimicking paper TCG booster packs. The PvE experience includes a six-deck ladder where players take on mono-colored Sealed decks each corresponding with a particular Planeswalker, and finally facing a ‘boss’ Sealed deck.
Another feature debuting in Magic 2014 is a new take on the popular Slivers creature type. A fan-favorite, new playable Slivers in Magic 2014 decks will include the following:
− Sliver Construct
− Predatory Sliver
− Groundshaker Sliver
− Megantic Sliver
− Blur Sliver
− Striking Sliver
− Thorncaster Sliver
− Battle Sliver
− Sentinel Sliver
− Bonescythe Sliver
In addition, Hive Stirrings, a sorcery that creates Sliver tokens, will also be included in Magic 2014.
You can find some new screenshots from the game here.
The Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers video game will be available for PC, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, iPad, and Android tablet for the first time when it launches this summer. The Magic 2014 product line-up also includes the Magic 2014 – Core Set for the paper trading card game (TCG) and Magic Online.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything else.
Warner Brothers and D&D from Deadline.com
To Portray Hackers More Realistically
I caught word of this one via Boing! Boing! A movie about hackers that would more accurately depict them. I was enticed enough to surf to the movie’s Kickstarter Page. I thought well enough of the trailer to embed it below. The Root Kit does look to be a movie I would want to see. I also think I like the short description:
“Rogue computer hackers discover a plot to monitor everyone on the Internet. They fight back.”
They don’t have much time left and a good way to go. Please, if you can, give this one a thought, a tweet or a few dollars.
New Zombie Film Describes as Mad Max plus Zombies!
I must warn you I am extremely biased on this one. First, I love Boing! Boing! Second, I love Cory Doctorow who pointed this one out in a post at Boing! Boing! I love independent film. I also loved Mad Max and I love zombie movies… Admit it, even if they are bad, they are still good.
So how could an independent-indie-go-go-funded-zombies-meets-Mad-Max movie ever go wrong? Well, when I first got wind of this, they still needed some kick starter cash and, by the time of this draft, they reached their goal. I guess that means at least a few others feel the same way.