Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
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The first disc of the Lord of the Rings compilation is pretty much set, I just have a little tweaking to do here and there to finalize it. The second disc is taking shape (this will definitely be a two-disc set). Yes, it only took me a month to be almost halfway done, but I am also very, very pleased with the results I've been getting. This project has required me to use every trick I know and to invent quite a few new ones in order for me to accomplish what I'm hoping to. The music from The Lord of the Rings is very special to me on several different levels, and I am hoping to make the experience of listening to this album an expression of what these scores, these films and these books mean to me. For that reason, I expect the accompanying entry will take quite a while to articulate.

In a previous entry I had lamented that between the original soundtrack albums and the Complete Recordings that the best track titles were already taken, but this concern really only lasted until I started using the book itself as a source to draw from. Instead of trying to come up with some horrible thesaurus-style replacement of "Prologue: One Ring To Rule Them All," "The Prophecy" or "The History of the Ring" (from the analogous sequence in Leonard Rosenman's score), my edit of the opening can be called "The Wells of Deep Memory" (a reference to Galadriel, who does, after all, narrate the prologue). Tolkien's text is so rich with such phrases that I've had to take some of the tracks I'd established and come up with better names for them.

As for a title for the whole project, well, I've settled on that as well. Sort of.

Inception on Blu-ray is awesome! It's a fantastic transfer of a film that's designed to look nice to begin with, and the sound is really explosive!! The movie improves with subsequent viewings because you know what the rules are!!! Great fun!!!! Yes, I'm being paid by the NBOEP (National Bureau for the Overuse of Exclamation Points)!!!!!!
Here we go again with the Year End Meme:

  1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
    I confronted my problems head on and made my life work again.


  2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I don't make resolutions like that, but I have surpassed any I would have made.


  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Yes!


  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    There has been the death of a friend. I don't want to say to much about it lest it be trivialized.


  5. What countries did you visit?
    I didn't leave the United States this year.


  6. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    The Hippie Hill drum circle on day before my birthday because I was just enjoying myself so much and savoring where I had taken my life that year.



  7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Losing so much weight or moving into an apartment that I enjoy living in. Take your pick.


  8. What was your biggest failure?
    There were things I didn't necessarily accomplish this year, but it would be very difficult to call anything an outright "failure."


  9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Nothing serious.


  10. What was the best thing you bought?
    Probably my couch!


  11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
    Dan for giving me helpful direction when I decided to lose weight and Aubree for being the best hostess in the Known Universe.


  12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    The citizens of the United States of America.


  13. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
    There wasn't much I would say was "lacking." Maybe a bit more intimacy without so much crazy, but that's about it.


  14. Where did most of your money go?
    The new apartment and related moving expenses, mostly. A lot of it went to music as well.


  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Being in better shape, having my new apartment, cooking, but mostly the amazing slate of film music releases that have come out this year! Yowza!


  16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2010?
    The score from Inception, most likely.


  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    A) happier or sadder? Much happier.
    B) thinner or fatter? Much thinner.
    C) richer or poorer? About the same.

  18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
    This was the year that I did more of what I'd always wished I'd done more of.


  19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
    I honestly wish that I'd kickstarted myself years ago. Alas.


  20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    I spend Christmas Eve at my aunt's place in Connecticut. Christmas Day is spent at Steven's cousin's place in New Jersey.


  21. How will you be spending New Year's?
    I don't have plans for New Year's Eve, but on New Year's Day is Russ and Jess' annual NYD brunch, and Phish that night! I'm going to send 2010 out in chillin' style!


  22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
    No.


  23. How many one-night stands?
    There were opportunities(!), but that's not really my thing.


  24. What was your favorite TV program?
    Well, the only current show I watch is Mad Men, so that's my answer by default.

  25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
    Not really, though there are some people I was very disappointed by.


  26. What was the best book you read?
    Halting State by Charles Stross. Outside of his "Family Business" series, I have this weird disconnect with Stross, I always find the first half of each book slow to be going but then they pick up momentum and by the end I want more. This was no different, but I found throughout the entire novel his speculative extrapolations based on current technological trends remained fascinating, and it had a great espionage conceit.


  27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Terry Plumeri, I guess.


  28. What did you want and get?
    A life reboot!


  29. What was your favorite film of this year?
    It's kind of a dead heat between Inception and Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, two films I can honestly say I didn't feel I'd already seen.


  30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned thirty-six. Dan, Aubree and I had breakfast at The Cliff House and spent the rest of the day hiking on the California Coastal Trail. For several months, a photo taken that day was my Facebook profile pic:



  31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A bit more romance would have been nice, but I can't complain overmuch.


  32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
    Well, until earlier this year, there was no real point in caring too much about what I wore. I have to get new clothing out of necessity, and I'm finding that I prefer the "snazzy" approach, both for appearance and utility.


  33. What kept you sane?
    Sane?


  34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    I'm not really wired that way.


  35. What political issue stirred you the most?
    The only thing that really stirred me was to what depths the level of American politics has fallen to. Otherwise, I can't really be too "stirred" anymore. I think I'm getting, like, grizzled or something.


  36. Who did you miss?
    Kato.


  37. Who was the best new person you met?
    I have met a few people who were quite nice. I'm not going to list them because it'll take too damn long and I'm sure I'll leave someone out. It's been a long and interesting year.


  38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
    It's never is as hard as it seems to be when you're starting out.
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