January 20th, 2005

Conan the King (Conan the Barbarian)

Four bullets for one man, that's a waste.

Lee Van Cleef laughs at your silly computer

When I got home yesterday evening, I found a package waiting for me from Footlight Records containing the CD of Death Rides A Horse. I had forgotten that I ordered it, but when I got it home and put it on...

Y O W Z A ! ! !

You can hear the main theme in Kill Bill Volume 1, right when the Bride (Uma Thurman) is about to face O-Ren (Lucy Liu)... that rhythmic chanting. There is a lot of other music on the album, too, but that forceful title theme is the most common piece to be found on it. Luckily, it creates a trancelike state similar to that found in the best examples of minimalism which makes it irresistable. There is a guitar theme for a character named "Menody" that is awesome as well, and a few set-pieces that kick holy ass.

This is the most choral Morricone score I think I've ever heard, and the Canti Moderni di Alessandroni shouts and growls out the music, giving it a very gutteral flavor (choral director Alessandro Alessandroni was a close collaborator with Morricone for many years... that's him whistling in any of Morricone's Spaghetti Western scores). There is also a crazy flute figure that is riffed on during the "Death Rides A Horse" cues.

This was really a stunning listen.

Composer Ennio Morricone
gives you a dirty look

The Kill Bill pictures reminded me that while I am a veritable expert on Hollywood film scoring, there are large gaps in my cinemusical knowledge. Spaghetti Westerns that are not Sergio Leone films are among them. If this is any indication, it looks like a rich lode to mine in the not-too-distant future.


Within minutes of me unpacking it, I was able to rip it directly to the Nomad and have it for perusal as I took my DVDs back to Ballbuster and revitalized my DVD welfare. Okay, I can afford not to do the DVD welfare thing now, but why fuck with a good deal?

The Nomad has, interestingly enough, offers the option of completely surrounding myself with music at all times. This is something that I have been working towards all my life, I guess, to have as much of my collection as possible at my fingertips at any given time. What an age we live in when a music junkie as rabid as myself can actually be satisfied by gadget like this...

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I will not be making a list for this year's crop of movies. The truth is that I haven't seen enough of them to really make anything comprehensive. I spent way too much time out of work to be able to afford to go to the movies. My flippant list from last year was one of the entries I'm most proud of, but if you really look at that list, you'll see that the pool of movies I was drawing from was four or five times the amount of films I've seen this year.
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