Marian Schedenig

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  1. I always call it HiV. I'd obviously love it if it turns out to be Williams here as well. Especially if they can get him for a talk at the symposium as well, because that would be a true bonus and something we won't get at the London concert.
  2. The timeframe is roughly the usual one, so I wouldn't jump to any conclusions. Could be that they were trying to get Williams, hence the date, but couldn't, hence no announcement yet. (*If* he comes, my biggest worry is getting tickets at all. They usually sell out pretty quickly as it is, and the Konzerthaus's web shop usually just breaks down instead of providing a mostly stable queuing system like the RAH did)
  3. The Official Tadlow Thread

    Ah yes, still haven't picked up the first one. Might be a good opportunity to get both plus Ben-Hur.
  4. RIP Stephen Hawking

    He was an atheist and didn't believe in any kind of life after death. So why would it bother him where they put his remains? And if he did care about it on behalf of his legacy, I imagine being buried close to Newton is ok. Also, considering his illness, I'm sure that if he in any way cared for what they did with his body after death, he noted it years ago. (Also compare Douglas Adams, a self-described "radical atheist", whose memorial service was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Granted, his death was sudden and unexpected, but I'm sure they wouldn't have held the memorial there if they weren't confident that he would appreciated it)
  5. The Official Intrada Thread

    According to Broughton, it's pronounced like "Sauerbraten". That's not really true though. But there's only one King.
  6. It still sounds like a last minute edit to me. If it is, I hope that the eventual expanded/complete release, whenever it happens, includes the original version of that cue.
  7. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    We will watch his career with great interest.
  8. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    I rewatched The Theory of Everything, and I still think it's a considerably better film than The Imitation Game. I'm usually too lazy to write in depth here about films I've watched (which is why I mostly don't mention them at all), but I just typed this up on Facebook, so I might just as well post it here: Both films seem to present themselves as biopics, and they were definitely compared a lot at the time of their release ("The Imitation Game" generally being rated much higher than "The Theory of Everything", as far as I noticed) - else why pitch them against each other at all. "The Theory of Everything" is about the discovery and progression of Hawking's illness, and about his first marriage and how the two relate to each other. It's in fact a biopic of both Hawking and his first wife (not surprising, being based on her book) and while it only slightly touches on his scientific work, it does present its biographical story quite well (being "broadly true" according to Hawking himself), even considering that the conflicts between Hawking and his wife are apparenty somewhat sugarcoated (by herself in the second version of her book). There's a lot of pathos, but most of it seems genuine and in fact an obvious and necessary part of the story. "The Imitation Game", on the other hand, isn't so much a biopic as a heroic war/spy tale. When I first saw it, I was actually impressed how much I hadn't known about Turing - only most of it wasn't true. Turing's major scientific contributions are barely mentioned (the Turing test), or not at all (the halting problem), although the film presents itself (unlike "The Theory of Everything" as being *about* Turing's work). Instead it focuses on a sensationalised and largely fictional account of Turing's contributions to cracking the Enigma (which in reality had been cracked before in an earlier version by the Poles) and supposed strategic military decisions which in reality he didn't have anything to do with, adding a spy subplot that didn't in fact relate to Turing either. As a Hollywoodised spy thriller it's nice enough, and I do like it, but as a story about one of the major computer scientists of the 20th century, it leaves a sour aftertaste. Aside from that, both films are certainly well made, with fine casts (leading and supporting), although Eddie Redmayne is in a league of his own and I find Felicity Jones particularly strong as well (which of course doesn't diminish Benedict Cumberbatch's and Keira Knightley's performances). But while "The Theory of Everything" seems to me largely authentic in its aspirations, "The Imitation Game" as a spy thriller masquerading as a (not so) biopic ultimately strikes me as rather insincere. I definitely do object to it winning the Best Screenplay Oscar.
  9. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Which of course means that you shouldn't imply that this "claim by many" is wrong. It's no "Hidden Gem" at least, because its mastery is widely acknowledged. The main theme, while certainly the bit that makes the strongest impression at first, is ultimately one of the least interesting things about it*. And I'm actually not as fond of Ilia's theme as most, though it's nice enough to be sure. But the atmospheric and dramatic stuff, like the flyover arpeggios and Spock Walk, amount to at least 50% of what's great about this score. *) Though of course, it's development as a love theme in The Enterprise is a standout moment in film scoring, and I'm also still very fond of Leaving Drydock.
  10. How should I begin to expand my soundtrack collection?

    There's King Kong and Treasure Planet, too.
  11. You can't "buy" a HDCP licence for a certain content file. The whole point of HDCP is to force both ends of a connection (i.e. a Blu-ray player and a TV, or a computer and a screen) to have a certificate that allows them to interchange encrypted content which cannot be decrypted by any other party. Getting your own private HDCP licence to decode the files yourself without the industry being able to control what you then do with the decoded data would completely defeat the concept behind it. Needless to say, the whole thing sucks.
  12. RIP Stephen Hawking

    All in all, he had a much longer life than anyone could have expected, and despite everything he had to deal with he seems to have enjoyed it much more than I would have thought possible. Reminds me that I've been meaning to re-read A Brief History of Time for quite some (not so brief) time.
  13. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    That theme is special enough that I picked this score (and Lady in the Water) to get signed over some other obvious, more famous candidates. I still say it's his final masterpiece. I didn't like it much at first, but soon started appreciating it more. The full score release clearly placed it above his TNG scores, perhaps just slightly below TMP. Try stuff like A Tall Ship, Plot Course, the classic action set pieces (Raid on Paradise and Open the Gates). And that wonderfully Brucknerian adagio with Klingon brass counterpoint (a good example of perfect spotting) in the finale. It's also one of the best sounding Goldsmith scores (and that's saying something).
  14. I was just about to ask. My friend who ordered our JW tickets got the e-tickets today, but I'm still waiting for my CE3K and SW tickets.