- Bovine Finance
- With all of the misinformation floating around these days (some of it deliberate), it is important to remember the elements that distinguish different economic systems from one another. This "World Economic Model Unit: Cows" will help to explain everything in a concise, accessible manner.
- As The Early Mixes starts sprinting (or is that careening?) toward its completion, a tentative deadline has been set. There is a Brooklyn film festival that accepts submissions until May 1. This means that we can enter it if we can have it completed by April 25. I have spoken to all of the concerned parties, and it seems that is not out of the question. If we are not finished in time, we will not be submitting the film, but I am hoping that we will be able to get everything we need done by then. We shall see!
- From the ever-witty Johnny Gimberlein:
- I've received a few recent releases that I've enjoyed very much.
Harry and Son is a score with that 80s jazz sound that I usually pass over, but I listened to some samples because Henry Mancini rarely disappoints. As usual, Mancini takes what could be a vapid musical form and makes something magical out of it. The recurring "Harry's Theme" is a beautiful piece of music rendered with great sensitivity. This is one of the first releases from Quartet Records that I picked up, a new label that came out of the gate swinging with such releases as John Morris' swashbuckling score for Yellowbeard!
Clue is, of course, a comedy gem with a great cast and quotable dialogue, and John Morris' score is suitably delightful. La-La Land did their usual superb job on the score, which proves to be a sprightly listen which never overstays its welcome. Morris is such a skilled composer that he doesn't sound like he's Mickey-Mousing even when he is; the active cues when Wadsworth (Tim Curry) explains everything (three different times, three different ways) at the end demonstrate this rare talent.
Wrongfully Accused is a pretty silly movie (although Richard Crenna was hysterical in it), but Bill Conti's score plays everything completely straight. So straight, in fact, that with the exception of a few overly melodramatic romantic passages, this is one of the more engaging action/adventure scores I've heard recently. In fact, it puts the music for most of the current crop of blockbusters to shame.
Intrada has also released a new edition of Stu Phillips' grand scale operatic score for the original Battlestar Galactica. Most of this material had been released in Phillips' four disc box set from way back when, but monaural and with pinched sound. The new disc is completely in stereo and sounds as good as the source material will allow it to (there are some break-ups in the louder passages that were part of the recording). And it is explosive! While I do like some of Phillips' album arrangements — he mixed the original tracks with newer sessions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic — the performance here has a fervor that I don't think has been replicated in any of the re-recordings. This is the first in a series Intrada is doing, similar to their Amazing Stories cycle.
- "Mutation. It is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millenia, evolution leaps forward."
- The Oppo BDP-93 is a great piece of equipment. The drive is very quiet, the network connection solid, and the output is fantastic. I put on my SACD of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and the multichannel DSD sounded fantastic! There was greater detail and body than could be gotten through the former analog connections. I was very impressed.
Then I noticed Varinia looking around trying to find all these damn jazz musicians that were definitely in this room (she could hear them, clear as day), but she couldn't see or smell them. Then I was really impressed.
A cats' hearing is extremely acute, much more so than dogs. You can hear up to somewhere around 25,000 hz; your dog up to about 35,000. Cats have been recorded reacting to sounds well over 60,000 hz. To put that into some sort of perspective: Varinia, if she angled her ears correctly, could make out each individual section of the orchestra… that I'm listening to on my earphones coming up the stairs to get to my apartment. One of the reasons cats don't usually respond much to music beyond the obvious occasional loud noise is because it doesn't sound very natural to them. My sound system fooled my cat.
Now that I have Netflix streaming again, Varinia takes interest in the National Geographic and Nova programs I watch. She likes to look at critters scuttling about and then goes hunting her little plush balls with feather tails. I must admit that I did not like the sly looks in my direction as we watched a pride of lions devour a buffalo.