From the moment the first film flickered from a cranky old projector over a hundred years ago, music has always played a vital accompanying role with the moving image. Sometimes, however, the cinematic marriage between filmmaker and composer can transcend any creative possibilities to become iconic collaborations that result in undeniable masterpieces. To wit: director Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann.
Following the release of Soundgarden’s latest album King Animal back in November, many had forgotten about one of the key pioneers of the Seattle grunge scene. It is widely believed that grunge died alongside Kurt Cobain in 1994 but bands like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden have become stalwarts of a bygone era which has been stooped in misunderstanding ever since its beginnings in the mid-1980s.
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Maverick. Revolutionary. Groundbreaking. Controversial. All of these words could be used to describe composer Philip Glass, whose music has enlightened and enraged people in equal measure. Here’s why I think he’s one of the finest, and most influential, composers of modern times.
Many people, including me, get quite opinionated whenever anyone starts comparing technology. The iPhone vs. Blackberry debate and the Twitter vs. Tumblr argument should both be added to the list of topics not to bring up at a dinner party, unless you want your guests shaking their heads and guffawing at each other across the pan-fried scallops.
Another somewhat lesser known technology-based debate people are having these days focuses on online music streaming. Are you the master of Spotify? Or do you whittle hours away on YouTube? What medium do you prefer to use to discover and listen to new music online?