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Dec 14
2011

'Captain America' Film Music Review

Posted by Phoenix Benedict in phoenix benedict , film music , captain america , captain , audio branding , alan silvestri

Phoenix Benedict

'Captain America' - Alan Silvestri
When I was a teenager I became aquinted with Mr Silvestri's music for numerous Hollywood films in the 1990's, and haven't yet heard of John Williams though I could sing all the audio brands from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.

After a seemingly long absence from cinematic scoring Mr Silvestri has returned recently and is brining back a certain epic feel to film scoring again.

One can't deny that as film media and demographics change so too will film scoring yet the anchoring codes are best utilized by those - like Mr Silvestri - who indeed is a master craftsman.

Having said that, I do feel that the lack of an identifiable audio brand makes this score seem a bit lackluster. Yet, perhaps the Studio or the Director insisted on a purely mood-bound score as opposed to thoroughly 'narrated' scoring process.

Dec 14
2011

'Super 8' Film Music Review

Posted by Phoenix Benedict in super 8 , super , phoenix benedict , muisc , michael giacchino , jj abrams , film music , audio branding

Phoenix Benedict

'Super 8' - Michael Giacchino
In my opinion this film seemed to be a merge between 'The Goonies', 'E.T.' and Abrams' TV series, 'Fringe'.

The interesting storyline lent itself to a huge palette of possibilities in terms of the film score's soundtrack. Yet, I must say I expected more from recent Oscar sensation, Mr Giacchino.

His orchestral scoring was traditional, and the epic narrative codes were mostly effectively applied. Yet there was, for me at least, a lack of integrity in terms of the music and film marriage. Why I say this is because I often would question the role of the music in this film in terms of its placement at times and also it's effectiveness in co-existing with the film's narrative.

Something was missing. I did hear attempts of references to John Williams' idiosyncratic style (in terms of middle ground woodwind ornamentation while strings and percussion create a counter texture), yet in my opinion, this 'form' could have been muscled out with at least one unique melodic-harmonic-rhythmic-timbre-tempo-dynamic bound signifier, which is typical of successful and memorable audio brands. Beyond this then the various theme-and-variation etc techniques lend themselves seamlessly to create a memorable sonic experience, co-existing meaningfully with the film.

Dec 14
2011

The Occupational Health and Safety Act: A Burden or a Life Saver?

Posted by Jawellnofine in workplace , life and death , legal legislation , legal , Health and Safety , employers , employees , business

Jawellnofine

Dec 14
2011

The Thank You & Non Politically Correct Review..

Posted by Wolfe in Untagged 

Wolfe

So last week I received my prize from MyDL. It was a welcome comfort to see me through the man flu that still haunts me.

Dec 13
2011

The Social Network Meme

Posted by Charmed in Untagged 

Charmed

I found this meme online and you know how I love doing these things.

Dec 13
2011

Any iPad Guru out there - i need some help.

Posted by Linemanbob in iPad Kalahari Help

Linemanbob

Ok, so my partner went and bought an ebook off Kalahari for the iPad 1. 

Dec 13
2011

Mobile Phone Hacking

Posted by Bertus in stalking divorce , mobile phone hacking south africa , mobile phone hacking software divorce , mobile phone hacking divorce , interception of voice calls , interception of mobile data , intercepting sms divorce , intercepting email , intercepting bbm divorce , divorce attorney south africa , divorce attorney cape town , divorce attorney and client , divorce and the rica act , cloning a mobile phone , cellphone hacking , cell phone hacking

Bertus

You hacked my mobile phone until death do us part

Dec 13
2011

Me to me

Posted by Linemanbob in Gifts , gadgets , Christmas

Linemanbob

So with the cacophony of Christmas bells and cash registers ringing out loud from all corners, what is everyone spoiling themselves with this year? Let's face it, we all know that Christmas presents are just commercial craziness but there's that satisfying pat on the back for a year well survived when we buy ourselves something we've been waiting for an excuse to buy - and there's no better excuse than the silly season.

Dec 13
2011

Into the future, right now - thanks to Volvo Ocean Race.

Posted by automatix in Volvo , town , race , ocean , livestream , follow , cape , Browser

automatix

Dec 13
2011

The Filter Buble: Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich

Posted by LousyNick in Untagged 

LousyNick

Here's a little experiment that might be enlightening: get some friends together, and have them all search for the same thing on Google using their own PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones or whatever. According to net activist Eli Pariser's recent book The Filter Bubble (which I found myself reading the other day because...look, have we reached the point where people need to explain why they read books? let's just move on, okay?) chances are their results returned will show rather different websites, and in different ranked orders. That’s because Google has, since December 2009, been using personalized search – not only does their infamous Algorithm rank web pages by links and views and so on, but it also ranks them based on what you’ve searched for and clicked on before, what you talk about on Gmail, and so on.

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