Monday, March 3, 2014
This silent film always seemed like such an anomaly to me, not really fitting into historical groups or genres of silent film. I was interested to rediscover it recently and find that the director made over 100 features, including Gate of Hell (1953) - which is streaming on Hulu's Criterion section. Also, Yasunari Kawabata wrote it, whose novels and short stories I've read and loved. If you've never seen "A Page of Madness" check it out sometime. It's never received a proper release so this youtube video really is as good as it gets nowadays.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Here's a ninth iteration of soundtracks and library music mixes. This one comes from various sources. You can hear VHS transfers, vinyl-rips, and CD-quality releases hobnobbing together in a volcanic explosion of cinematic sound. Enjoy!
1. I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale - Guido and Maurizio De Angelis
2. Run Cheetah Run - Nico Fidenco
3. Celeste - Guy Pedersen
4. Ah! Mon Cher Hector - Dani
5. Watergate - Hugo Busoni
6. Bumbling Along - Nino Nardini
7. Capriccio - Piero Piccioni
8. Motore A Ioni - Piero Umiliani
9. The President is Gone - John Carpenter
10. Éternels Indécis A - Paul Piot
11. Les Levres Rouges - François de Roubaix
12. A Blue Shadow - Gianni Oddi
13. Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? - Bruno Nicolai
14. Bree's Abandon (Take it Higher) - Michael Small
15. Jazz Graphics No 3 - Derrick Mason
16. Sei Donne per l'Assassino - Carlo Rustichelli
17. Anche Si Voless I Lavorare - Ennio Morricone
18. Alice au pays des syllogismes - Antoine Duhamel
19. Sililoquio - Gianni Ferrio
20. Un Altro Mare - Ennio Morricone
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
This is a weird artifact from my childhood. I bought this comic book while visiting family friends in the Upper Peninsula. I remember buying it with change. And it blew my mind while I sat in what I now remember as a haunted, Victorian mansion, but was probably just a slightly older, bigger house than ours. Now I can't help looking at it and thinking of Jean Pierre Mellville's Le Samouraï. I must have been remembering it, in a way, when years later I loved Mellville's film.
The comic book format here is interesting because this is basically an advertisement for a Nintendo game, with gamer tips in the back. It looks like they took the original Japanese Manga-size pages and blew them up to comic size, and sold that as tie-in merchandise. This makes it both lame and cool. Lame because, it seems like a cheap way of going about it, in more than one way. Cool because it looks like an 80's bootleg comic version of Manga.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hey. So I have this German re-pressing of Irmin Schmidt's soundtrack to Kamasutra (Vollendung der Liebe) which I like to listen to now and again. This morning I woke up with one of its songs in my head, "I'm Hiding My Nightingale."
I looked it up on youtube and found the above video, featuring Schmidt playing with Malcolm Mooney-era Can. It doesn't feature them prominently, but its a great little window into this pseudo-documentary, which I don't think is available. It looks like a perfrect example of the half earnest art film, half cheapo exploitation flick hybrid that was really common then, and often had great soundtracks.
Check out those dance moves!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Brrr. It's February and it feels like it. I know I'm from Wisconsin, but still. You adjust, and then you say "Brrr" again.
The big winter update is that "Speed of Sound" is reworked. While holed up with the flu, watching Anthony Mann westerns all day long, I had a bunch of ideas. I thought I was done with the film back in November, but it was not so! Of course.
I was eager to be done with it back then partly because I was stubbornly sticking to a crazy schedule drawn up by me and David Fetzer in the fall of 2012. I'm really excited about the changes--- 95 total (I'm a big list maker). We're still getting the effects done and this new version is still probably about a month out.
I've also been working often on a new feature script, and several shorts including PSA's. Spending a lot of time in the laboratory this winter, as it should be. I was thrilled to finally dust off my nice record player and put it up in the office. It's been great to get out all the soundtracks, waking up to the Electric Company theme, and having one less screen to look at if I want to listen to something. And sunny afternoons have been lovely with the squirrel disco ball.
Above, Anna Huckabay, who plays Dave's girlfriend, Kelly, in Speed of Sound, stops by.
Above, ye old faithful. Making music more mechanical and valuable, and making me more nerdy and happy.
Above, a wintry David dreams of tropical Wisconsin.