2015 will mark the years legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone makes his return to the western film genre after a 40-year absence. Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming western The Hateful Eight, out in theaters this December, will feature an original composition by Morricone, who has composed scores for such westerns as A Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time in the West (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), and A Genius, Two Partners, and a Dupe (1975). Morricone will be following up his western composition with the long-awaited drama Voyage of Time from writer/director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life). Malick’s film features actors Brad Pitt (Fightclub, Inglorious Basterds) and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, Blue Jasmine) as narrators as he takes the audience on a visual and musical journey to examine the universe. Continue reading →
This is possibly one of the coolest musical collaborations I’ve seen in a long time, and a great example of how technology has literally brought musicians together to collaborate…without being in the same place! An orchestra made up of multiple New York City subway musicians was organized by composer/conductor LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin), but the trick was that when they all finally played together, they were ALL at different locations. Carefully stationing individuals or small groups of musicians in various subway stations across the city that were accessible to WiFi networks, LJOVA used a total of 9 laptops to broadcast a live feed between the musicians and his location in Bryant Park, where he directed the small ensemble in a short symphonic composition he composed himself titled Signal Strength. The video was directed by Chris Shimojima and produced by Anita Anthonj, and features musicians Albert Behar (accordian), Ian Baggette (bass), Adam Matta (beatbox), Leah Coloff (cello), Jeremiah McFarlane and Carl Jacob (djembe, shekere), Amit Peled (guitar), Natalia Paruz (saw), Llamano (theremin), Jordan Hirsch (trumpet), and Allyson Clare (viola). This is an excellent use of technology in our modern era and another fine example of how music can reach us all…enjoy!
This week for the weekend classics, we chose to go with our other favorite genre, Jazz. As I look out my window, the snow covered ground followed by the busy traffic made it apparent what kind of day it was; it is a day for some Grant Green.
Grant Green was a Jazz guitarist and composer from the early 60s into the late 70s. Green, whom was born in St. Louis, later moved to New York where his career really began. After moving, Green was introduced to Alfred Lion of Blue Note Records, and lets say Lion was impressed to say the least. Throughout the early to mid 60s Green was featured as the lead man, or sideman more than anyone else on Blue Note. It is said that he is one the unsung heroes during his time within the Jazz industry, due to his one of a kind guitar skills and virtuosity.
While a lot of his work was never released during his time alive, it is readily available for our listening pleasures now. With over 30 albums to choose from, it is hard to know where to start. Above, we picked a personal favorite that we feel anyone can enjoy. Sit back and press play.
About a week ago someone decided to post an epic cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” using the old school Mario Paint Composer. First off, i have absolutely no idea who would still have that game, secondly; this must have been super tedious and time consuming. Either way it’s dope, check out the clip above to see just how close he comes to matching the original with 16 bit sound.