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Performing at New Synthesizer Science Fiction Book Club Concert Series on Sep 14th at Mutiny Information Cafe at 8PM

David Soto (Sinemountain), organizer of the Colorado Modular Synth Society, is starting a new concert series called the Synthesizer Science Fiction Book Club. I’ll be performing along with some other local synthesists at the first event in the series on Saturday September 14th at Mutiny Information Cafe at 2 S Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80209. Event starts at 8PM.

Artists are asked to write a score for their favorite science fiction book using synthesis. A brief explanation of the book and the score to follow after each performance. Book reports have never sounded so good.

I Am Legend

I selected the amazing 1954 novel “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson for my performance.

I Am Legend is a 1954 science fiction horror novel by American writer Richard Matheson. It was influential in the development of the zombie-vampire genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. The novel was a success and was adapted into the films The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), and I Am Legend (2007). It was also an inspiration behind Night of the Living Dead (1968).

The paperback is 159 pages and Audible edition which is very good is around has a running time of 5h20m. This book was an inspiration to Stephen King, George Romero, and the creator of the video game Fallout to name a few.

While the book was adapted into films, the films diverge quite a bit from the essence of the book – and of course the book is much better as is often the case.

One very strong theme in the book while I’ll be incorporating into my score is loneliness.

“… despite having vampires in it, [the novel] is not a novel on vampires, nor even a horror nor sci-fi novel at all, in the deepest sense. Instead, it is perhaps the greatest novel written on human loneliness. It far surpasses Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe in that regard.”

– Dan Schneider from International Writers Magazine: Book Review wrote in 2005.

Event Details

Some fun artists in the books in this first event of the series so I hope to see you at the show.

For more information visit the official event page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/441742416432990/.

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I’m a guest on “Open The Podcast Doors, Hal” Movies by The Minute Podcast Episode 126: Plausibly Stellar

I’m excited to announce that I was a guest on the by the minute podcast Open the Podcast Door, Hal.

Chris and Rudi discuss Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” one minute at a time. They are occasionally joined by guests from other movie-by-minutes podcasts, as well as film enthusiasts, musicians, and other deep thinkers.

I’m on Episode 126: Plausibility Stellar where we discuss the transitional moments in the Star Gate sequence from the 2h4m7s to 2h5m7s mark of the film.

When Chris told me which minute we were going to discuss I was super excited as it’s one of my favorite parts of the film. Use the links below to tune in and listen to hear us geek out hard on science fiction, film, sound design, and visual effects! I also talk about how to use modern visual software to approximate some of the star gate effects. Show notes below that.

Thanks again to Chris and Rudi for inviting me, taking the time to put this podcast together on such a compelling film. Also a big thanks for them including one of my 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired soundscape this episode at the 45m12s mark of the podcast – Sonic Encounters Podcast SO1-E09: I’m Completely Operational, and All My Circuits Are Functioning Perfectly.

Tune In to Episode 26: Plausibly Stellar


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Thunderbirds Are Go!

I just discovered first season of the remake of the 1960's Thunderbirds Thunderbirds Are Go – is available for free to Amazon Prime members. There are 26 episodes in season 1 and look like at least two more seasons are in the work. I know this is a little off topic but I know many synth geeks also are way into science fiction so I wanted to make sure you knew about it.

Thunderbirds Are Go is a New ZealandBritish science-fiction television program produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures. It is a remake of the 1960s television series Thunderbirdscreated by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson[1] and is made using with a combination of scale model miniature effects and CGI created by Weta Workshop. In comparison to the 1960s series, the remake features updated character, vehicle and set designs while retaining many features from the original series…The music for the show was given a modern flair, but keeping the very memorable feel of Composer Barry Gray's original score.

From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbirds_Are_Go_(TV_series)>

I was a huge fan of these Gerry Anderson shows so the minute I heard about this I hopped on Amazon and watched the first episode. As with the original, it's a kids show for sure – but I think there is a lot to like if you were a fan of the old show. I appreciated that they stayed fairly true to characters and ship designs and such.

It's a big budget affair really – and – from what I've seen so far I think they made some good choices freshening the show up a bit. The combination of models with CGI gives the show a unique look and interesting look. FAB.

The voice acting was always strong in Gerry Anderson shows and this is still true in the new show. I was surprised and happy to find out that Rosamund Pike was the voice of Lady Penelope.

Check out this trailer https://youtu.be/6y2hFqgtjLk

Here is a behind-the-scenes video https://youtu.be/ZrF1iWwDbRQ

Here is a video offering some samples of the score by Ben Foster & Nick Foster https://youtu.be/z4LNsnxKeW8.

 

You can watch the show here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D5LQ11C.

Thunderbirds are go!!!