"my interest in a lot of old game music now has very little to do with "nostalgia" or any associations i had with the games, and much more to do with the way the different kinds of hardware used created interesting compromises for composers that led them [to] making some really interesting sounds,
" Liz Ryerson
collects sounds from the abyss
. In her blog post here
she details the history and appeal of five (mostly forgotten) game soundtracks which push the limits of the both the genre and the hardware. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Nov 26, 2012 -
In the beginning, there was text. The early users of the internet looked upon it and saw that it was good. They used e-mail and also communicated with each other via Usenet, a series of bulletin/discussion boards shared across various networks and the internet.
But that was the old way, and open databases are the new way. The best known movie database, IMDB
, will turn 20 on October 17, 2010
, but for some enthusiasts, it's not detailed enough. Were you wondering exactly what weaponry was shown in that episode of Mail Call
? Check the page on IMFDb
, a wiki catalog of guns in movies. Having debates over what was said in the Book of Eli
? There's a Database for that
. Perhaps you're a fan of vespas
? The Internet Movie Car Database
. And don't forget to check the Internet Game Car Database
, or the other sites linked from IMCDb
, including the database for movie car chases
). Soundtrack Collector
, Soundtrack Info
, and Sounds Familiar
have (you guessed it) information on soundtracks. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 25, 2010 -
Basil Kirchin, 1927-2005
Who he? Kirchin began, aged 14, as a drummer in his father Ivor's jazz band. By the mid-1950s, he and his father were co-leading the most acclaimed jazz band in Britain. They backed Ruby Murray
(whose name lives on as cockney rhyming slang for curry), and the great Sarah Vaughan wouldn't tour the UK without them
; neither would Billy Eckstine. After disbanding the Kirchin band at the height of their fame, Basil set off around the world, a trip which ended disastrously, when Kirchin's tapes of his band's best moments (obsessively recorded, thanks to the fact that the Kirchin band was one of the first to travel with their own PA system) were accidentally dropped into Sydney Harbour. [more inside]
posted by Len
on Jul 1, 2005 -
streaming Bollywood soundtracks. [warning: realplayer, popups, and realplayer popups]
posted by eddydamascene
on Oct 28, 2003 -
'Mais Non, Mais Non?'...
Well, there goes the neighbourhood. You go for nigh on a quarter of a century crediting The Muppets
with an all time classic
, when you find out
that it was someone elses
- Italian soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani. Not only that, but used as part of the score for an oh-so-dodgy a Swedish porn film
!?!?. But no, that's not the end of it, as it transpires (see bottom of page)
that 'Mahna Mahna
' was originally performed by a Frenchman, Henri Salvador
, and was called 'Mais Non Mais Non
'. Still, in any of these forms, it's one of the few songs that still makes me smile every time I hear it, especially so when accompanied by the visuals
posted by boneybaloney
on Oct 7, 2002 -
A soundtrack to MTV's The Osbournes
is in the making starting with this...Ozzy Osbourne's youngest daughter, Kelly Osbourne, will sing Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," with Incubus guitarist Mike Einzinger and drummer Jose Pasillas as her backing band.
What other songs would you put on there?
posted by BarneyFifesBullet
on Apr 4, 2002 -
Blame Phil Collins?
We knew Blame Canada wouldn't win, and to be fair, Phil probably deserved it - my real question is "what did you think of the 'Blame Canada' production number?" It was the only reason I watched tonight (not being a big awards show guy), and I'm just curious to hear what other people thought of it. Did Robin Williams wreck it? What about the mounties chorus-line? Did anyone else think he was going to do the entire song with the tape over his mouth?
My only other Oscar observation: Angelina Jolie seemed thrilled and suprised to get Best Supporting Actress. Do you think that she would have gone with the Elvira look if she expected to win?
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Mar 26, 2000 -