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  1. The Composer's Thread

    An excerpt from my Concertino for Violin and Strings http://picosong.com/w386U/
  2. You'll probably enjoy the directors cut blueray with the 15-20 extra minutes then. I quite enjoyed the final fight because it felt well earned and not over the top in an action movie sort of way. The film didn't switch genre's for the final fight. It was the culmination of what was all at stake and I really thought Deckard was going to die ala TFA. Yes, I agree Ford was very good in this film and still a bad ass and seemed to really want to perform in this movie which sometimes he seems to just show up for the paycheck. I found the story quite engrossing so didn't mind the replicant army. I felt it was a natural evolution of the events from the original film. Pretty much any AI movie includes an eventual revolution. Do you think the original bladerunner was brilliant? It is interesting how the critics got that one so wrong. Watch these two clips noting the change of heart (1982): and this (1992):
  3. Favorite Musical Sunrise?

    and the ending* * Note: the Firebird ending only sounds like a sunrise but is in fact a reawakening of the Princess and Firebird so doesn't technically qualify for this thread unless one considers "dawn" as a metaphor for rebirth and reawakening.
  4. Favorite Musical Sunrise?

    An interesting experimental composer in his most approachable style with this work. By the way, this work was commissioned and premiered by what's his name...JW.
  5. McFarlane does Star Trek. The Orville

    I hope they keep some of these story themes as serials sort of how ST TNG did with the borg that it took a while to set it up but they returned to it over a few classic episodes (and movie). One thing I noticed is metacritic rates this show at 36 but it is way much better than that. The Pia episode was very entertaining and the krill episode was engaging and thoughtful. I do wish they would start introducing some deeper philosophy even if they kept the humor. ST TOS could be quite funny in the banter and that is how I see this playing out. I hope the show lasts but I do want a greater level of depth to reward emotional investment. It can be done. This show is so much like ST that Jonathan Frakes directed the awesome Pria episode.
  6. Question about transposing instruments

    I think what you are asking is why do some instruments transpose while others (even in the same family do not). For example, oboes are written in concert C so when they read a C, you hear a C. Unlike the English horn which is in the same family of instruments but transposes to F. So if it reads a C, it will sound a G (a perfect fifth above the C. All strings are in concert pitch except the double bass sounds an octave below written. Generally a score will incidate if it is in "C" or "concert pitch" as apposed to "transposed". Reasons why there are transposed scores include having the conductor see the same musical information that the performer sees if there is an error or performance issue, you are at least looking at the same source and can fix it faster. Hundreds of years ago our instruments weren't as versatile as they are now. In fact they are still evolving quite a bit. Take a look at these natural horns: Notice they have no values so each crook would only be capable of playing specific notes on a harmonic series. This means the horn was written for a scale or a key. If you were playing Beethoven's Eroica Symhony in E flat major, you would need the instrument that had that scale. This would be the E flat horn. Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll has a horn part in nearly every key EXCEPT F (modern horns). This means that the original performer would have to have switched the crooks while playing where nowadays modern horn players playing on F would have to have good transposition chops or get a modern edition of the part that is in F for the modern double horn. Nowadays, horns have values and triggers and double horns (two full sizes with extra piping) ultimately resulting in a single horn that can cover the keys of the crooks.
  7. McFarlane does Star Trek. The Orville

    Quick checkpoint. Of those of you who have seen the whole series so far, how do you like it? I think the shows have reliably good stories, pretty good sci-fi concepts, wonderful episodic TV music and excellent special effects. I am either starting to like the humor or getting immune to it. I thought on the krill episode it also had some heart and some emotional heft. The show ended on complex moral dilemma which I appreciated. So far each episode has been pretty high quality. The one thing is Orville does feel like it is out of the 1980's/1990's rather than modern. That is not a criticism, just an observation. So far, I am satisfied with each new adventure and finding the characters increasingly appealing. It is not faultless but it is entertaining enough. I wouldn't mind much more complicated moral dilemma and greater character depth/arch. Unfortunately, I don't have CBS access so haven't kept up with Star Trek Discovery. How does it compare?
  8. The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    A very fine and dramatic symphony by the extremely profilic Finish composer, Kalevi Aho. His Symphony No. 4 from 1972 has many beautiful and frightening moments. Aho just completed his Symphony No. 17 to be premiered in 2018. I find at around 6:52 of the first movement, the ominous bassoon and low string line reminds me somewhat of John Williams ominous underscore. If you enjoy Rautavaara, Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Salonen, you will find much to enjoy with this composer.
  9. Digital vs CD

    Good call.
  10. I don't hear anything that sounds like a chainsaw either. No synth in here. Glock + vibes + chimes (bells) + harp + piano for the shimmering as high winds play trills and trumpets and strings play this bouncy rhythm. The low winds, strings, brass playing a pedal E in octaves. Is that the "chainsaw"?
  11. The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    I've played the Kalinnikov Symphony No. 1 in concert. None of us had heard of the composer or this work but immediately loved it as a very Tchaikovsky late romantic Russian symphony with many great tunes. The audience enjoyed it as well. Lots of brass in the ending movement...it was quite a blow. This was part of the Soviet Futurism where much of their music represented mechnical progress. Futurist music rejected tradition and introduced experimental sounds inspired by machinery, and influenced several 20th-century composers so it was perfect for these infante terriblé composers like Mosolov, Prokofiev, Varese, Antheil, etc. It was a fad and most of it ended by the mid 1930's.
  12. The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    Ugh No! This is quite a mediocre symphony by a mediocre composer in a very mediocre performance. If you like Soviet music, listen to Popov's Symphony No. 1 (1934): Popov's Symphony No. 1 can proudly stand along with Prokofiev and Shostakovitch as distinctive and successful multi faceted symphonies that stand the test of time. Unfortunately, his other symphonies became more soviet pop art (ala Khrennikov) due to his personality that acquiesced into official pressures and sort of sold out due to political/artistic pressures of the regime he lived under. Khrennikov was a big part of why artistry died under his reign as head of the Soviet Composers union and acted as a voice of Stalin at his most censored.
  13. Berlin libraries (sorry Jilal) records various tremolos. You basically play two notes and it will use the appropriate tremolo pitches.
  14. What was the point of Wallace being blind? It didn't really add anything to the character or his modus operandi. One other thing I liked about the film is how much the characters seemed to exist in the same place as the 1982 odd characters. I thought the women were all extremely beautiful even when deadly. Luv seemed to embody Sean Young. Speaking of Sean Young, did she contribute to this film? She is credited in IMDB but I can't tell if she took part or just her likeness was used requiring her to get credit and payment. The excessive Sony brand placement was annoying.
  15. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. It was long but I didn't mind. I found it very immersive and enjoyed the long shots. I thought the cast was very good and fit in to the universe and Villeneuve did a fabulous job of continuing the story without making it feel like a reboot. I can't imagine Ridley Scott could have done a better job. The visuals and special effects were excellent. The music also felt very much consistent with the Blade Runner sound though granted there are cues taken from the original however the original score from Wallfisch/Zimmer was very appropriate and fit the movie well. I liked how the story continued where BladeRunner left off rather than rebooting it. My thought about the ending scene of Decker meeting his daughter was to give the film a finale that didn't require another sequel. The only criticism is that it didn't quite reach the metaphysical level that the original did. The art direction was fantastic. I would certainly recommend this to any fan of the original film. I like Ryan Gosling but I know he drives some people nuts.