Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Wow... the film recording of Shaft is much more different from the Stax album than I had expected. While I had of course heard the music in the film, the movie's audio track is in pinched monaural sound, and so the subtleties of the differences weren't immediately apparent. They often have a rather raw sound in comparison to the totally smooth album recording. I like it. A lot. I will be using tracks from both on my mix.

Now... which version of "Theme from Shaft" should I open up with? The familiar album version, with its iconic status? The rougher film version, the first version of the song audiences would have heard in 1970? The polished 2000 version? Any of them would be a valid choice...

I was unofficially tagged by gislebertus, so:
The Babel fish is small, yellow and leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy not from its carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.

Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mindboggingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.

The argument goes something like this: "I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanished in a puff of logic.

"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.

Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo's kidneys, but that didn't stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his best-selling book Well That About Wraps It Up For God.

Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.
For the record, Mr. Colluphid's bibliography also includes such works as Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes, Who Is This God Person Anyway?, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Guilt But Were Too Ashamed To Ask, Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Sex But Have Been Forced To Find Out and Origins of the Universe.

This is being tagged as a plate of shrimp because suitboyskin and I barely touched on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in conversation tonight, as well as the path of this aforementioned discussion.
Tags: douglas adams, film music, mix workshop, philosophy, plate of shrimp, rock
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