Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Those with a keen sense of satire may wish to head over to read Terry Bisson's Meat.

Yoinked from suitboyskin (who thinks I should be in Ravenclaw):

i'm in gryffindor!

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Congratulations on making Gryffindor!

Basically, you're brave, daring, chivalrous, and pretty much.. an all around good person. Of course, some see you as a goodie-two-shoes. But hey, it's true! You're really good at winning, and normally always come out as the hero. Everybody likes you.. except, maybe, the Slytherins. You're too perfect. No, really.. You're too perfect. It's annoying to watch you win, repeatedly. Oh well. Be proud anyway.

I love 'em!

It's that time of year. People are getting sick. I always ask, "do you have this thing that's going around?" I don't know if there is a thing that's going around, but I find that if you say that, it sounds like you know something that they don't. What's really funny about it is watching people play along because they're afraid of not knowing what they think that you know.

I saw the best quote written on a feeder wall today. It read:

I never forget a face, but in your case, I'll make an exception.

- Bugs Bunny

Compiling Gotham Avenger was a much more involved process than I was expecting it to be, but the end result is great fun to listen to. I ended up toning it down from the fever pitch that I had it at in the first edit, so in addition to making it a more well-rounded listen, the final edit also features a more steady ramp-up of action to its climax. There is also now a denoument at the end, which I like.

I really enjoyed rediscovering Elliot Goldenthal's contributions to the two Joel Schumacher films. While I disliked Batman Forever and found Batman & Robin unwatchable, I love Goldenthal's completely over-the-top scores for them, with those grand Bayreuth sounds and tendency to do just about anything. I included "Nygma Variations (An Ode To Science)" on Gotham Avenger, and I've become quite addicted to it. The fact of the matter is that the reason that Goldenthal came up with something this bizarre was entirely because of Schumacher's completely off-the-mark interpretation of Batman, and while that annoys me no end, what Goldenthal did with his license to cut loose was spectacular. While the films themselves were terrible, I would love to see another project that would allow him to be that crazy. So far, the only follow-ups to this consistently outlandish a sound have been in his score for Titus - which is a much better film by far than either of the Batmans he's scored, but it isn't really in an adventure context.

As far as the epic Straussian sound that Goldenthal utilizes in his Batman music, I remember listening to Interview With the Vampire over and over again at Tower when it first came out (I had just gotten the job there). Although he didn't have very long to compose it, the music was really impressive, although I felt that "Libera Me" was a little too reminiscent of the "Lento" theme in the opening of Alien3. My favorite example of this, however, is Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. This is another good score for a... I wouldn't call it bad per se, but it's definitely flawed... bit of cinema fantastique. In fact I would go so far as to say that Final Fantasy is perhaps one of the best examples of a composer's identity merging with the genre requirements.

Oh, and...

I think I know what my next mix is going to be. A bit of time ago, I put together a mix of the music from the Alien films. I think I made suitboyskin a copy. It was chronological, and I feel that with the tools available now, as well as skills that I've developed over the intervening time, that I could put together a kick-ass Alien mix. I haven't decided whether or not to use selections from Alien vs. Predator, though. I didn't really like that score, and it is more of a crossover than it is an Alien film. Or something. Whatever. By the time I post the track listing, I'll have come up with some viable excuse for not including any of it.
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