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karelm last won the day on January 25 2019

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  1. The first mission. I can't get past this asshole: I get to the point where he starts glowing so I can extreme kill him but he restores before I kill him and I'm out of ammo. The stupid shotgun only has 12 bullets so I can't horde extras that are around before. I suck at games.
  2. It's so damn hard and you run out of gas if you only use chainsaw. It's too hard, getting to the point where I'm giving up because I keep running out of ammo with tons of baddies ganging up on me at the same spot after trying a dozen times. And I'm on the easiest setting! Isn't it possible to activate the ammo cheats?
  3. His impact on film scoring was just as great as his impact on 20th century composers. His music was used effectively in Kubrick's The Shining, Children of Men, Shutter Island, Twin Peaks, and much else. His early concert work, Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, practically invented its own notation system and that approach to composing was very influential in the 50's and 60's. He abandoned the avant-garde around mid-1970's and turned to Neo-romantacism around that time. For a jarring stylistic listening experience, listen to his Symphony No. 1 from 1973 and Symphony No. 2 from 1980, the former being of his earlier style and the latter being from his Neo-romantic style. Sweet photo that represents the breadth of his reach - Penderecki with Goldenthal.
  4. How would you characterize a funeral march? For example: I think the general definition of a march is not about tempo but rhythm. But I know you are speaking in generalities. A waltz has a repetitive 1-2-3,2-2-3,1-2-3, 2-2-3 rhythm but is not a march. Marches are generally in 2 or 4 as if you are keeping a group of people keeping the same walking pattern, a march. But that pattern could be slow and solemn (funeral march) or fast and vigorous (military attack) or noble and moderate (a processional like Wagner's wedding "march" is a type of slow march). You can imagine the bride walking very slowly in an elegant and dignified way rather than a brisk pace. Though it isn't necessary to be fast such as the previously mentioned funeral marches or Strauss's Radetzsky March.
  5. Grrr, maybe the correct word isn't rousing but stirring. But then the definition of stirring is: causing great excitement or strong emotion; rousing. Totally agree with you. Med of Yorktown March is gorgeous and moving music. You can also sense a bit of proto Throne Room in it too.
  6. So which Williams wrote the better rousing war music? John Williams: Men of the Yorkshire March Ralph Vaughan Williams: 49th Parallel Prelude
  7. Gordy Haab said every cue he wrote for a video game had a review period for the game's director, then Disney, then John Williams. And that was for music for the franchise JW did NOT even compose. I would imagine his level of courtesy approval is even higher for music he did compose and is quite protective of. Also note that just because he had the opportunity to review it doesn't mean he does, just that he was allowed a say in everything if he wanted.
  8. I bought Doom Eternal and love it but it's so damn hard! I'm only on level 1 and keep getting killed at the same spot because I run out of ammo.
  9. You mean like how composers used to be employed by nobility? Or how Richard Wagner was funded by Ludwig II King of Bavaria? Or how Tchaikovsky was supported financially by Nadezhda von Meck? Or how Bach was employed by Duke Johann Ernst III? Or how Mozart's patron was Baron Gottfried van Swieten? Or how Stravinsky was patroned by Princess Maria Tenisheva? Sometimes artists transcend these narcissistic rich people and sometimes they actually do love the arts too but I get your point that arts and commerce makes bad bed fellows.
  10. Orchestra budgets get about 20% from ticket sales. You'd be surprised to know that a huge bulk of their budget comes from philanthropists who believe in the arts and donate huge sums each year. There are very few of these people but they support the arts. For example, the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra (Leopold Stowkoski's old group), might have gotten the bulk of their revenue from four or five very rich philanthropists. Most of these are old people and when one died, that pretty much resulted in the orchestra's bankruptcy. They've bounced back but the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) is very lean so the average income for orchestras (by the way, everything I'm talking about is just for US orchestras, other countries might do it very differently like some orchestras are part of the government and fully supported in some countries, some are completely private and only get income from the public): Tickets 21% Advertisements: 20% Philanthropic and Contributions: 18% Foundations: 13% Trustees: 11% Recordings, special events and projects: 10% Government and NEA: 7% So if we remove the rest of the season, the ticket revenue will be hit but maybe that is 1/3 of 21% or 7% fiscal impact but remember that a big part of this reduction also reduces their expenses. It's possible in a longer term recession, all these numbers are affected but based on the below article, the Arts are relatively resilient and bounce back because people see it as a benefit to the community. The benefit to the community is wide spread and demonstrable. For example the upper echelon orchestras aren't just about performing music but they have substantial educational footprints too which keeps high risk kids out of trouble. The LA Philharmonic has YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) which is an El-Systema program for mostly underprivileged youths and they have branches in many schools. Many prominent orchestras have similar educational arms making their communal footprint much larger than just concerts. https://www.arts.gov/news/2020/during-economic-highs-and-lows-arts-are-key-segment-us-economy?fbclid=IwAR0zIIcZcdo9eOXGF7ojWbuI_6tUZQvx8SOO2G-J32TBA-St-31WwQ7d2ic
  11. Any Goldenthal news is good news. I'm obviously thrilled and can't wait!
  12. This is awesome! I love it and am reading it with JW's distinctive speaking style. You know what's crazy? I remember reading all this 21 years ago with unbelievable anticipation and it turns out that was way less time than JW had last worked on a Star Wars film since ROTJ was 1983 and TPM was recorded in February 1999. More time separates us from this article than separated TPM from ROTJ.
  13. Two of his best works and some of the finest works in their respective genres from any composer! Loert, as a composer, keep an ear open for his transitions. These works are masterclasses. This moment for example at 1:06:04 the biggest climax of the last movement and how it transitions back to the opening material of the last movement lasting through 1:06:54. 50 seconds just spent on transitioning! He takes just as long as is needed and not a moment longer. He is using multiple transitional techniques but only one at a time. For example if you compare 1:06:04 to 1:06:54, the melody is different, the dynamics are different, the key is different, the tempo is different, etc. Let's say if he took 30 seconds to do all of these changes, the effect would be jarring. So he takes one at a time first turning the climax into a motif, then transitions the dynamics, then a sequence where he switches the key gradually with that recurring motif, then he drops a note from the motif, then slows the tempo until we arrive at the new tonic by stepwise motion at 1:06:54. He does this often and its extremely well executed. Study his transitions because it's a perfect example of excellent structure too.
  14. I felt you were too harsh based on subjective criteria criticizing many of the very same qualities that made the original a timeless classic but I can't even find the post I was responding to so never mind.
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