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CD review: Louis Landon’s “Ten Years: A Peaceful Solo Retrospective”

I wrote this review yesterday as a requirement for one of my university courses. I’ve never done a CD review, and my supervisor couldn’t give me any guidance except to make it about as long as a blog post. So I’m making it an actual blog post.

Artist: Louis Landon
Album: Ten Years: A Peaceful Solo Piano Retrospective

Overall I felt this album was quite peaceful. I want to buy a copy for myself now!
Below is a record of my thoughts written as I listened to each track. I haven’t edited it except to correct any spelling errors.

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12 hours left to set Chopin free!

We’re down to the final few hours now. I mentioned this wonderful Kickstarter project once before. If you’ve been waiting to contribute, now is the time!
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A New Musopen Kickstarter

MusOpen is doing another Kickstarter campaign, this time to free the works of Frédéric Chopin. After their wildly successful campaign in September 2010 (see here and here for my posts about that), I have to wonder what took them so long. Not that I’m complaining; I think that releasing public domain music recordings is a great thing to do. It’s just that it’s been so long since the previous campaign, it seems like a lot of the excitement that I and others felt has had plenty of time to dry up. It’ll be hard to get everyone excited again. Then again, considering that it took until 2012 for their 2010 campaign to actually get the music recorded and released, it’s understandable that they might wish to wait a bit before going to all that effort again.

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Misc. Filmmaking Tips and Resources

Anyone who’s read my previous post on this blog knows that I’m currently working on a short film based on Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’. I thought I’d write this post to share some miscellaneous tips and ideas that I have found useful during the filmmaking process. They’re organized (very roughly) in order of when you will probably need them, earliest being first.

-The Idea/Script

Often, for me at least, the hardest step in the filmmaking process is the first step: coming up with a good film idea. I like to film, I get the urge to pick up a video camera, but I have no idea what to do with it. Here are a few solutions. Continue reading Misc. Filmmaking Tips and Resources

The Raven short film

My friend Jack and I are currently working on a short film based on Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’. Our basic idea is to have the raven not be a literal raven, nor a model or statue like in other short film interpretations, but actually played by a human actor. The same actor as plays the man. The raven is, at least in my interpretation of the poem, actually a representation of the darker parts of the man’s soul.

The costume design will be fairly simple. The raven will wear dark clothing, preferably all black, with newspaper or cloth ‘wings’ hanging from his arms, and probably a paper or paper mache beak. His hair, assuming it’s ever visible, I imagine being so slick and oily it lies flat on his head, not a single strand sticking up. He’ll be lit dimly, and may even be out of focus in some shots, so his costume will not need much detail. The acting for that character I imagine will involve mostly using different postures with little actual movement during shots. Continue reading The Raven short film

Happy Christmas to all!

To those who do not celebrate Christmas, I still wish you a happy Christmas. I hope you will enjoy the day regardless of whether you celebrate the holiday.

I’ve decided to give, to the public, this Christmas gift. Don’t open ’til morning! (Just kidding, you can open it any time). This is a Christmas album which I just finished creating. Continue reading Happy Christmas to all!

How to Rip a DTS “5.1 Music Disc” to FLAC and keep the surround sound

I posted this tutorial on UbuntuForums.org. Thought I’d post it here too.

This tutorial was written because I recently bought a surround sound copy of The Moody Blues’ “Days of Future Passed” in the DTS 5.1 Music Disc format. I spent several hours Googling for Linux-compatible software that would rip this disc with satisfactory results. Everything I found either didn’t run under Linux even with Wine, didn’t support this disc format, or would just rip it in stereo. Finally I decided to break it up into a bunch of small steps which, according to common Unix philosophy, could all be handled by different programs, each program doing one small thing and doing it very well. This tutorial is the result. Continue reading How to Rip a DTS “5.1 Music Disc” to FLAC and keep the surround sound

Holy SHIT I’m getting a lot of music, and you can too!!

Ok, I’m sure that anybody who reads this blog has already read my previous post about MusOpen and their attempt to set classical music free. Or, at least you’ve seen the “Help MusOpen” box at the bottom of each page. I’ve got some amazing news, and it’s too good to not be its own blog post.

First, the MusOpen project seems to be gaining a lot of publicity on Pepsi’s Project Refresh. It’s still not in the top 10 like it should be, but it’s getting closer, and this month’s not over yet. Gotta be in the top 10 of its category to get any money from Pepsi. Continue reading Holy SHIT I’m getting a lot of music, and you can too!!

I just pledged money to MusOpen.com

I just pledged $25 to MusOpen.com. I like them. They hire professional musicians to record classical music, and then they release the recordings into the public domain. I think I first found them via Google, once when I was searching for music that I could use in a student film.

They are currently attempting to raise money through this Kickstarter page. $25 is enough to get the music on CD. See that page for more information. And, do pledge some money even though they’re already over their original goal. “Every $1000 buys a complete set of Mozart violin sonatas, or all of Chopin’s mazurkas, ballades, or nocturnes… a little money buys a LOT of music.”