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Heima
Heima
DVD ~ Sigur Rós

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful, November 5, 2007
This review is from: Heima (DVD)
I too saw a screening of this in Los Angeles on November 1st, 2007. The Sigur Ros 3-song acoustic set preceeding the screening incited in me emotions I haven't felt in a longtime. The footage of scenic Iceland coupled with the live music played by the band is awe inspiring. The film is simply beautiful, and if you are a fan of music, not just a fan of Sigur Ros, you need to see it.


Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer
Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer
by T. J. Pinch
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.87
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Analog Bliss, June 19, 2007
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I found this book to be incredibly interesting. So interesting, in fact, that it made me wish I had been involved with the analog synthesizer scene during the era which this book details. Hearing the stories and personal accounts of individual contributions to the development, marketing, and subsequent musical evolution caused by the early analog synthesizers, made me lust for yesteryear.

After reading several compliants regarding the sociological study-aspect of this work, it must be stated that the sociological impact analysis is a vital component of the historical content contained within. In fact, if the sociological discussion was ommitted, the work would suffer, as I feel the Moog's and early synthesizer's impact on society is a fascinating subject. During the time period which this book dissects, individuals were, for the first time, hearing totally unique and original sounds. Unfortunately, humanity has since become jaded to the excrutiating beauty of subtractive analog synthesis. The statement which described the sound of two analog oscillators beating against each other on the morn of (I believe--challenging my memory here) the second day of Woodstock, reflecting it was the first time many had heard that exact sound, made me yearn to be there.

Ultimately, if you are interested in an account of historical fact, coupled with social impact commentary as it pertains to these now ancient analog synthesizers, and associated early sequencers, read this book. However, if you have no desire to learn of yesteryear and absorb depictions of the early evolution of music technology, which has led to the crap that is virtual analog, don't waste your time.


Children of Men
Children of Men
DVD
Price: $9.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intense, dark, thought-provoking, June 18, 2007
This review is from: Children of Men (Amazon Video)
i had wanted to see this movie from the time i heard an early review proclaiming it as, "a modern day bladerunner." that comparison is debatable, as this movie stands on its own.

twists, turns, surprises, and a dying earth depicted in a decayed UK. this is one of those movies that you cannot get out of your head for days or even a week followings its first viewing. the final 45 minutes still haunt me.

human life transcends all political/organizational divides.


Electronic and Experimental Music: Foundations of New Music and New Listening (Media and Popularculture)
Electronic and Experimental Music: Foundations of New Music and New Listening (Media and Popularculture)
by Thom Holmes
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is great, August 3, 2005
this book is an incredible study of electronic music. holmes discusses the history of electronic instruments, from the beginning, including the pre-theramin era, and finishing with some information regarding current electronic and experimental music.

although some sections of this book are a little dry, i feel the author did an acceptable job of conveying the excitement and freshness of the early electronic era. the section which discusses the creation of the soundtrack for the movie "forbidden planet" is just excellent. in fact, i purchased the movie (from amazon), so that i could hear the "strange" electronic tones which constitute the soundtrack.

being primarily interested in analog synthesizers, this book opened my eyes to an entirely new world of unpitched music experiments and compositions. in fact, a section is included on stockhausen, who was a heavy inspiration for the german band kraftwerk.

yes, i recommend this book, as a great amount of information is contained therein. in addition to mere data, this book really got me thinking about electronics and electronic music; specifically, the impact of analog synthesis on modern musical society.


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