Sunday, January 22, 2006

Intra Multi-blog Sequence Note

So I'm starting to get ready for my new band this semester. It's called DISCOVERY, and all I can say right now is that it's gonna be very awesome, and there will be lots of synths, and hopefully lots of sick synth solos. I've been looking back to the 80's for inspiration, and I've gotten really into Steve Winwood. Now this might be old news to some of you, but I got to talking with a friend, Shelley, who told me that Winwood got a couple really awesome vocalists to sing harmonies on the album "Back in the High Life". James Taylor is singing harmonies at the end of the titular track, and Chaka Khan wails out some back up vocals in "Higher Love".

Sunday, January 15, 2006

POST WINTER-BREAK-- BLOGS RENASCENT, w/ KYLE'S LASERDISC REDIVIVUS

Winter break is now over, I'm back at school, and after seeing many of my colleages in the blogosphere showing renewed vim in their desire to create, or no, produce, I felt enough pressure to post again.

I don't have cable in my house at school, so all of the wild boyz, next, cosby show, beavis and butthead and room raiders reruns I was catching up on over winter break, sadly won't be a part of my life at school. But thanks to kyle and his hip family, who hopped on the laserdisc train so fast (fast enough to buy 40 or so movies on the format before it became unprofitable to produce them), that we have a new source of seriously awesome entertainment in syracuse.



Most of you probably know what a laserdisc is, maybe from a friend's post-hippie domestique dad (see internet vibes archives)("it's called... a laserdisc..."), or maybe you were like me... they had them in your chemistry class in high school, and you watched some seriously 'cool' early 90's style science videos. Looks like a hunk of junk right?!

WRONG!

As for chem, imagine watching one of those slide shows in 7th grade biology class, except instead of something sounding like boards of canada, or tangerine dream (more later), theres some muzak keyboard jam, and, of course its in real-time rather than the slide show.

In any case, the laserdisc, which was released in 1978, is intended, of course for movies. But the great part about it is that they are way higher def. than VHS, and they're analog. Thats right, the laserdisc uses frequency modulation to encode the movie, and the soundtracks can be either analog or dolby digital surround. GO FIGURE!

So there were a lot of sweet music laserdiscs released. In our house we've got

Paul Simon:



and Chick Corea (sans keytar) and Gary Burton



But there are hundreds of others (Genesis, Talking Heads, Blondie, etc.)

But what's even more entertaining to me than seeing how many wrong notes Chick Corea can shrug off... (j/k I know he really meant to play it that way), are the classic soundtracks to the classic-or-not movies.



Risky Business, starring a young Tom Cruise has a partially original soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. I NEVER KNEW THAT! The opening scene of the movie is a dream sequence, where Cruise's character, Joel, finds a naked babe in the neighbor's shower. Because of the soundtrack, along with the delicately spoken, but slightly monotonous narration, I was totally taken back to that ethereal biology slide show vibe. I was blown away.

In the middle of the second side (laserdiscs usually have two sides, sometimes "3" or even "4"), Joel's call-girl-turned-girlfriend, Lana, convinces Joel that they should try having sex "on a real train." So right when they're about to do it there's some weird old man staring at them. Enter Phil Collins (on the soundtrack). "In the Air Tonight" plays right at the most pumped up part, the not so sick but super pumped up fill, and they throw the old man out of the train, and finally get to do it. Again, I was blown away.

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