MY BROTHER ZACH AND I The day of his Bar Mitzvah, May 7, 2005
Cinema: Both the artistic and technical aspects of films and film-making. My ambition in life is to make films. Favorite filmmakers include (alphabetically) Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, Joel and Ethan Coen, Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Christopher Nolan, Sergio Leone, David Lynch, and Billy Wilder,. Favorite films (not by these filmmakers) include (alphabetically) Alien, Aliens, Almost Famous, Blade Runner, Boogie Nights, Chinatown, Die Hard, Drowning by Numbers, Ed Wood, La Femme Nikita, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Ghostbusters, The Haunting (original version),The Hustler, Jackie Brown, Living In Oblivion, Liebestraum, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mountains of the Moon, My Name is Nobody, My Own Private Idaho, Snow Falling on Cedars, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back,The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Trading Places, The Usual Suspects and Waterland.
Film Music: The art and craft of film scoring is a subject I think is fascinating. I also believe that there is an amazing body of work out there that is unrecognized. Favorite composers include (alphabetically) John Barry, Bruce Broughton, Elmer Bernstein, Carter Burwell, Elliot Goldenthal, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Bernard Herrmann, Lee Holdridge, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Wojciech Kilar, Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman, Miklós Rózsa, John Scott, David Shire, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri, Franz Waxman, John Williams, Debbie Wiseman. I generally dislike Hans Zimmer and his Media Ventures brood for the generic sound that they've brought to film scoring although I've been finding some of his recent stuff to be growing on me.
Mix Making: I believe that making a mix is more than just putting a bunch of tracks that sound good together. I feel that programming is as important as selection, and in the case of my film music mixes, I often get into tightening up tracks for listening purposes. If you're interested, I have kept a list of the film music mixes here, or you can go straight to the journal entries through the use of the tag (which will show other mixes as well). Please note, however, that this is not a music-sharing blog. It is important to me, particularly with the genre of music I discuss here, that the money goes where it is supposed to go. If you see a release you're interested in on these pages, chances are I will have linked to where you can get it legally.
Myth: I am interested in man's need for myth. One finds patterns in storytelling, and I find it interesting that there are some ideas that resonate with many people because of these elements.
Music: While I have a specific interest in film music, I am just a music junkie in general, and I enjoy rock and roll, jazz, and some modern, romantic, classical, and baroque music as well. Favorites include Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and variations, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Alice in Chains, Iggy and the Stooges, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, John Corigliano, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lugwig Van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Reading: I am a voracious reader, mostly of science fiction; my favorite authors include Isaac Asimov, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Frank Herbert, Timothy Zahn and more recently Charles Stross. I also enjoy reading science books, sometimes history and fantasy, if it is well-written.
Special mention must go to Douglas Adams, whose Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy redio shows and series were a major philosophical discovery for me. While that sounds really weird, the way that the universe is characterized by him felt so appropriate, so true, in a way religion never did. What I was responding to was his portrayal of the universe through the eyes of a "radical athiest," so even back at age nine when I first read these I was starting down that path of self-discovery.
Audiophile Technology: The better to hear you with, my dear.
New York City: I've lived here all of my life, and it never ceases to fascinate me.
Food: I like tasty things. Favorites include pasta, chocolate and steak, but I like many things.
Furry Creatures: Great and small.
Myself with a domesticated racoon.
"I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious — except he purposely shut the eyes of his mind & keep them shut by force."