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PostThu Nov 05, 2020 8:28 pm 
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One of my favorite films
Rocky

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PostFri Nov 06, 2020 8:07 am 
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Just stumbled on this yesterday after I shut off the Borat movie because it was way too far over the top:


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PostSat Nov 07, 2020 9:46 am 
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This Monday I hiked Tonga Ridge a bit toward Fisher Lake.  When I got to Sawyer Pass it got colder and darker as I entered the shadow of the ridge above the lake. I turned back to stay in the sun and headed up to Mt. Sawyer lookout.  The views were wonderful in all directions with clear blue skies until around 1 in the afternoon when the clouds moved in.

To celebrate those last sunny days of the fall season and other good things I offer this:

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PostSat Nov 07, 2020 11:02 am 
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A collection of Woody Guthrie songs...on loop.

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In honor of the Seahawks tomorrow:


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Adam Lambert when he was a contestant on American Idol in 2009.  American Idol TOP5 Rat Pack 1960s theme week - Season 8 Episode 33.  He's done quite well since those days.   Embiggens nicely.  ~z

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PostTue Nov 24, 2020 9:27 pm 
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Anne Elk's BLM Public Service Announcement thread led me on a search for a little tune that some of you might remember from a Stanley Kubrick film.

Sure, you can find it in various forms on YouTube, but if you want your very own copy, here it is in its entirety, available for download in various formats.

( If you do some serious digging around on that site, you'll find some of my archival tool catalogs as well. The site is a gold mine. ) wink.gif

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PostSat Nov 28, 2020 2:48 pm 
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Interesting, Ski.  I never investigated the full soundtrack of 2001-ASO, and had no idea that those haunting voice choruses were anything other than weirdness composed just for the film.

And now, for something completely different, yet strangely similar  ... vvvv

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PostSat Nov 28, 2020 2:48 pm 
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Several years ago I heard an NPR feature on the contemporary composer John Luther Adams.  I was quite impressed at the time but neglected to follow up.  An old story about him floated up in my recent wanderings in the NYTimes online, and I immediately recalled my first impressions. Adams' works are sonic immersions evocative of their titles. His "Become Ocean" was  commissioned by the Seattle Philharmonic:


The NYTimes feature: A composer attuned to earth's swirling motion     The NPR interview    http://johnlutheradams.net/

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PostMon Nov 30, 2020 4:36 pm 
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Anne Elk wrote:
I never investigated the full soundtrack of 2001-ASO

My mother gave me the LP of the Soundtrack for a Christmas Present the same year the movie was released.
The music is (in my humble opinion) one of the best things about the movie: aside from the avant-garde compositions by Ligeti - Requiem and Atmosphères - Kubrick's use of Johann Strauss' On the Beautiful Blue Danube (Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan, cond.) was truly genius. (And among all of the other renditions of that piece I've listened to, probably the best arrangement and orchestration.)

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PostMon Nov 30, 2020 5:51 pm 
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Ski wrote:
The music is (in my humble opinion) one of the best things about the movie

One thing for sure, Kubrick sorta ruined "Zarathustra" for a generation of classical music-lovers.  You can't hear it anymore without thinking of the movie. Although Disney (Fantasia) and Chuck Jones (too many to mention) did the same.   clown.gif

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PostMon Nov 30, 2020 9:07 pm 
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Oh.... I'm not so sure about that....

Yes, we have an entire generation of people who think that there are actually lyrics to Rossini's Overture from "The Barber of Seville"....

"Ooooo where do I get dat wabbit?"
"What would you want wid a wabbit?
Can't you see that I'm much sweeter?
I'm your little señoriter!"


While classical music aficionados may well cringe at the liberties Warner Brothers' took with various works (long in the public domain), none of those are on a par level of egregiousness as Frito-Lay's misuse and abuse of what is arguably one of the most popular tunes of our neighbor to the south, Cielito Lindo.

As to the brilliant arrangements and orchestrations (conducted by Leopold Stowkoswki) of the various pieces Disney selected for "Fantasia", I would submit that not only did it give Disney's animators an opportunity to really delve into their own genius at hand-painted gel-frame animation - something sorely lacking in contemporary garbage like "Simpsons" or "South Park" - but it introduced a generation of theater-going Americans to some fabulous classical selections that have stood the test of time.

Moreover, I'd argue that the use of public-domain classical compositions - from Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" to Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" to Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite" - at the minimum exposed an entire generation of Saturday morning cartoon-watching American children to some of the best pieces of classical music written during the last few centuries, regardless of whether or not those children learned to appreciate them.

It certainly could be no worse than the passage from Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture being used in a scene in the movie "Wayne's World".

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PostMon Nov 30, 2020 9:31 pm 
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It's true (re Disney).  My favorite:  What's Opera, Doc?
"Oh Bwunhilda, you're so wuvley ..."
"Yes I know it ... I can't help it ..."

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"What's Opera, Doc?" and "The Rabbit of Seville" are unquestionably the zenith of Chuck Jones' genius (the latter being my favorite.)
I have both of them (as well as several others) on a VHS tape here.
Looking at the "Wikipedia" entries for each, they've both been given high ratings by film reviewers and various film academies.

That said, music aside, as far as animated shorts go, two of my all-time favorites are Academy Award winners "The Hole" (1962) and Closed Mondays (1974). (The latter makes Ray Harryhausen look like an amateur.)

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