Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt
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"Zhaan, let me explain to you what's going on inside my nose right now...."

I had a mostly quiet weekend, with a nothing job on Saturday and a fun trip to Jing Fong on Sunday That last was nice because Russ, Jess and I were introducing the some people to dim sum and for once our party was large enough to fill up an entire table. I woke up at 3:30 A.M. today, which is strange not so much because the Varèse Sarabande club releases* were announced today at that time (midnight P.S.T.), but because I had determined not to bother staying up late in order to catch them. The alarm was set to 6:00 A.M. but I ended up just waking up at 3:30 anyway, and I didn't go to bed early or anything, which means that I'm going to be somewhat grumpy today - so I have to watch myself. Other than that, it's been mostly quiet, finishing up FarScape season one and loading music onto the iPod.

I have to admit that the iPod is, in fact, working out beautifully. While there are some issues I still have with iTunes and some of the interfaces (the cover flow looks so nice, but they really need to link it to "Album Artist" rather than just the regular "Artist" field), for the most part the iPod itself works rather nicely. However, this morning when I picked the iPod up it said that the battery was completely drained, which was odd because I had charged it before and only played it for about eight minutes (I wanted to hear the How the West Was Won version of "Since I've Been Loving You"). I'm going to assume at the moment that I accidentally left the player running last night and will observe its power consumption closely over the course of the day.


glenniebun has pointed out that the Return of the King complete recordings FSM preview podcast (it can be listened to or downloaded from here) is up... and my question is one of those that are featured, including samples illustrating the answer (I ask about Gandalf and Pippin's arrival). Doug also confirms that his book will be out next November and that it will indeed contain the rarities... and the cast closes off with an alternate version of music for the Pillars of Argonath in the first film, in which he incorporates the 'Realm of Gondor' theme. The more familiar versions ("The Great River" on the original album and "The Fighting Uruk-hai" on the Complete Recordings; the latter is the film take) feature a dramatic reading of the 'History of the Ring' theme; as it stands, the 'Realm of Gondor' theme - which is one of the primary aspects of the score for The Return of the King - only appears in The Fellowship of the Ring during the Council of Elrond. This only strengthens my resolve to hold off on the creation of my eventual 2 CD Lord of the Rings mix for when the rarities become available, even though I must admit that I am already developing a structure for it in my head. I'm still dying to hear the version of the prologue that had something happen in it that caused Doug to be agape...

I just received an e-mail from MovieMusic.com informing me that my copy of the complete recordings of Return of the King has been shipped. Hopefully it will get here sooner rather than later as I am most eager to listen to the tragic, heroic settings of the 'Nature's Reclamation' and the 'Rohan fanfare' in "The Battle of Pelennor Fields" in advanced resolution 5.1 surround.

My car stereo is starting to show its age. It is skipping all the time while playing mp3 CDs, and is much less stable when playing standard audio CDs. It is now about over three and a half years old, and has been through quite a lot. I don't want to replace it not so much because of the cost involved (prices have dropped considerably), but simply because I like it. Nevertheless, it may be something to look into after the holidays. If I'm replacing the head unit, it may also behoove me to do something about the overloading speakers as well...

* Here's hoping that the new recording of Benny Herrmann's North by Northwest isn't miked from the next room like the Royal Scottish National Orchestra recordings sound like they were.
Tags: audio, film music, food, howard shore, irobby, led zeppelin, lord of the rings, rock
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