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Welcome to my mindscape. Thoughts dance, emotions swirl and patterns ensue. A tug of war between the shadow and persona leaves a stretched, sometimes incoherent symbol. Viscerally cerebral, compassionately cynical and absolutely relative. I’m a 26 year old human and this is an outlet.
Favorite visual artistAlex Grey, Salvador Dali, William Blake, Francis Bacon, Banksy, Ansel Adams, Jerry Uelsmann. DA: Adam Scott Miller, Cameron Gray, Seth Collett, Louis Dyer, Jeffrey Smith, J. Slattum, Dmitry Laudin, TonyLeBastard, Thomas Koidhis, Ryan Ayers, Michal Karcz.Favorite moviesToo much to list...Favorite TV showsComedy: Simpsons, Blackadder, Curb Your Enthusiasm, South Park, The Office, The Mighty Boosh, Brass Eye, Spaced, The League of Gentlemen. Drama: Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, True Detective, The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Black Mirror.Favorite bands / musical artistshttp://www.last.fm/user/Country_Dark/libraryFavorite booksFiction: 1984, The Dark Tower Series, Fight Club, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Faust. Non-Fiction: Integral Spirtuality, The Shock Doctrine, Rule By Secrecy, The Doors of Perception. Graphic Novels: Batman, Promethea, V for Vendetta, From Hell.Favorite writersGeorge Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Ken Wilber, Carl Jung, Stephen King, Alan Moore, Noam Chomsky, William Blake.Favorite gamesMetal Gear Solid, Mario, Donkey Kong, God of War, Worms World Party, Assassins Creed, Arkham Asylum/City.Tools of the TradeBody, Mind, Spirit. Whatever I get my mits on, whether it be a guitar, camera or pen...
Firstly I have to say Alfred Molina plays the unhinged, scary and yet somehow friendly Rahad to perfection in this scene. He sure likes to boogie.
What makes this scene so great is that you feel like you are the fourth member of the group as you enter the house and it’s edge of your seat stuff throughout. The consistent use of firecrackers and the very apparent nervous tension gripping Dirk (Mark Wahlberg), Reed (John C. Reilly) and Todd (Thomas Jane) is a brilliant way of building tension. The music selection itself is also executed quite well and brings new meaning to those songs.
There’s also the long shot on Dirk’s face as he finally reaches his turning point which is quite a reflective moment within such an otherwise chaotic setting and scene.
Film: Boogie Nights (1997) Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson Starring cast: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Heather Graham. Cinematography: Robert Elswit Music: (Night Ranger – Sister Christian, Rick Springfield – Jessies Girl, Nena – 99 Luftballons)
I love how we have the two sides of Michael's life juxtaposed - the respectable persona (family, church) and his dark underbelly (ruthless murder and power). The church organ music is absolutely essential to the building tension and character of the scene and the Baptism rite being recited at the same time enforces the contrast of the scene along with the shot cutting. The organ music becomes extremely sinister and ominous as the scene progresses and when the baby cries are added to the mix the whole scene almost becomes too much to bear, but just at the right time the scene reaches its bloody climax.
Film: The Godfather Part I (1972) Director: Francis Ford Copolla Screenplay: Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola Starring cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton. Cinematography: Gordon Willis Music: Nino Rota (The Baptism)
Has the rise of the IPod/MP3's and its slow slaying of the CD had a detrimental effect on the album?
Obviously MP3's have made it easier to listen to music on the move, which is a great thing, but the temptation is always to skip songs when they are at your fingertips and this bypasses the fluidity of an album. Listening to CD's presents a very holistic experience which is often intended by the artist, where each song serves to benefit the rest and builds up a more complete picture of the album as a work of art in itself. It's also worth factoring in at this point that MP3 quality can be less than ideal.
Are you really losing much by approaching music as a collection of individual tracks rather than an album of tracks? Undoubtedly certain artists create albums that cater towards the former which is fair enough, but think about the difference when listening to an album such as Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', or compare it to watching individual scenes as opposed to an entire film.
I'm not bashing the IPod or MP3 (I own them myself) but I believe they have their place alongside album listening which the CD is a great symbol for with its singular identity and artwork; a fantastic package which many people will understand the joys of opening for the first time.
Is the album as an art form in serious danger of dying? Does it matter?
Music is like a tree; it has branched out over the years and now we find the branches are extremely diverse and intermingling. Currently music is more diverse than ever and more genres are crossing over with each other than any time in history.
In the foreseeable future I see this trend continuing although there won't be any major leaps or changes in sound. That is with one exception. The one thing that will bring about big changes in the future of music is technology. Technology revolutionised music with the advent of electronic music and I'm sure sometime in the future we will see more musical and sound revelations arising from technology.
What's everybody else's thoughts on the future of music?