May 9th, 2007

Williams (film composer)

Wild Signals

My current mix project, which I'm almost finished with (if I have time to complete it tonight, I will have made three mixes in as many weeks) is called Watch the Skies, and consists of John Williams' music for the science fiction films of Steven Spielberg. The disc will include music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial, A.I. - Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report and War of the Worlds.* One track that I've been wavering on in the assembly of the disc is "The Abduction of Barry" (actually "Barry's Abduction" on the remaster, but if I include it I will revert back to the original Arista title). This is a marvelously avante-garde piece, but there is quite a lot of music on the disc from Close Encounters of the Third Kind already (including a lengthy suite I'm very proud of of the ship sequence that proves music doesn't have to be melodic or even consonant to be transcendentally beautiful) and I might need to make room for some more selections from the other relevant scores.

Now, the music is a terrifying exploration of the darkest registers of the orchestra and choir, and it plays beautifully against the suspenseful scene that it accompanies. It is one of my favorite tracks from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and is currently included on the premix, but it just doesn't seem to fit on the disc. I have already cut one track that I was convinced I never would, "E.T. and Me" from the original E.T. album recording (the replacement, "At Home" covers more thematic material while being an intriguing as a mini-suite of its own), so I've already slaughtered one baby. I'm just wondering if this is one that I should or shouldn't.

The scene follows. It is ostensibly work safe, but very, very scary...



* I had originally planned to include one track each from Jurassic Park and The Lost World, which technically qualify for inclusion on this album, but space grew short and I was forced to abandon their inclusion. I figure that if this disc works fine as a companion piece to Nature Finds a Way and with The Adventures of Indiana Jones as well.
Pat Mustard (Father Ted)

Preparations for Battle

My mother feels that I never really thanked her for my tuxedo. This is apparent because every time I wear it, she volunteers to get it dry cleaned for me and won't give it back. It's not that she refuses to give it to me, it's that she insists that I have it. Then she proceeds to give me something in a suit carrier that has some elements of my tuxedo, but isn't the whole thing. I have no idea where the jacket is. I have the pants and the vest, but that's it.

However, I did find a rather snazzy suit in there; it must be Steven's, but it fits me and I have a tie that will go with it. I have already checked in to my flight and printed out my boarding pass (I love the internet!); I'm packed and have already called for a cab to pick me up tomorrow morning at 8:30, so I'm all set. I also had to be mindful in packing that as warm as it was here today (I am wearing shorts for the first time this year), it will be even warmer down there.

There's nothing left for me to do but finish Watch the Skies: The Science Fiction Films of Steven Spielberg project (which is sounding rather nice right now)... so I might make my three mixes in three weeks record after all!