I was testing out the speakers on a Google Pixel 2 XL. It has been a while since I did a post in the mobile category but, in case it interests anyone, I swapped to the Nexus/Pixel line a few years ago to get the latest Android updates while minimising maintenance overheads (and keeping front-facing speakers). Hardware updates seem have become much less exciting over the last 5 years compared with the preceding 6. [↩]
Other versions of both of these have previously been featured on this blog, incidentally. [↩]
It has been a long time since I originally posted about Geoff Zanelli. In that time he has worked on a number of films, taking on an increasingly prominent role. When I heard that he was taking over as lead composer for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film (Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar’s Revenge), I was excited to listen to the result. Just over a month ago1 I was lucky enough to see the film2 and I was not disappointed.
I’ve been busy writing music for an event, otherwise I would have finished this post much sooner. [↩]
I’ve seen it twice now: once in an IMAX screen and once in a more normal screen. I won’t go into the visual merits of one screen over another, but the soundtrack was unexpectedly much more vibrant in the IMAX screen. [↩]
Joachim Rønning, one of the directors of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, recently posted this brief but exciting video of the score for the movie being recorded. A sneak peak of the start of the movie can be seen in the background: most is not too interesting (the usual Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films logos), but you do get a few seconds of the first scene.
Huntingdon Community Radio is a useful radio station to listen to when using the soon to be upgraded section of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon (though the signal is a bit weak beyond Bar Hill). As well as playing one of the best ranges of music that I’ve heard on radio, it provides detailed information on the roads and rails around Huntingdon. However, until recently, I was puzzled by a daily occurrence on the radio station that was never announced nor acknowledged.
I really love it when alternative cues from soundtracks, like the one below, are leaked. It’s nice to hear “fresh” developments and explorations of themes, and some of the different aspects of the corresponding scene that the composer was trying to reflect, performed and recorded to the same standard as the original soundtrack. Personally, I think they should be officially released in a similar way to some of the other “behind the scenes” elements of films, like conceptual art and deleted scenes. They’d certainly make a better addition to the soundtrack album than the remixes that some albums inexplicably include.
It’s always nice to hear alternative arrangements of well-known themes. I recently stumbled upon a new source of such arrangements: Parademics. Like The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra, the music is created using some pretty good sample libraries. I think I initially came across the YouTube channel when it had little other than some fan-made Pirates of the Caribbean music, but the quantity and breadth of the music have significantly improved over the last few years. I imagine that each arrangement is far from quick to make!
Do you know what’s cooler than either science or music? Both at once: scientific music! Or is it musical science?
I should’ve made a video like this featuring LocaMsg, though when I had LocaMsg running on a range of phones I was too busy experimenting and writing a dissertation about it and the results of the experiments…
I’ve had a very vague draft of this post lying around for ages. With Pitch Perfect 2 about one year away from a cinema near you, it seems like a good time to start getting back into the spirit of a cappella with some voice-only reproductions of soundtracks by Hans Zimmer. Enjoy! 🙂