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PostPosted: April 21st, 2008, 6:01 pm 
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Listening to the "Serial Experiments Lain" OST along with other titles by BOA.

I've tried Violent Femmes after wolfwood's implied recommendation... *snore*
Sorry, not my kinda stuff.
But Cavalera Conspiracy sounds very interesting.

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I kind of wish I'd have bought the Serial Experiments Lain OST now. Haven't seen the series lately, but I remember really liking it when I did.

I haven't really been interested in Violent Femmes, either. The recording of Kiss Off is good, IMO, just not good enough to go buying their stuff.

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Oh yes, "Cavalera Conspiracy" does rock.
There's still a lot of "Sepultura" in there... it's just their style, I guess, like Bruce Dickinson had his impact on "Iron Maiden".

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Perhaps... but the Cavalera brothers were with Sepultura together prior to this. It'd make sense that this would carry over to Cavalera Conspiracy some, wouldn't it?

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I've been listening to "JAM Project" today, a group of Japanese musicians (Kageyama Hironobu, Okui Masami, Matsumoto Rica, etc.) responsible for a few soundtracks, like newer "Mazinger" or "Super Robot Wars" and such Shônen stuff. Except for a few of the "Super Robot Wars" songs nothing really stands out, mostly boring stuff.

There was one track that might have been really good, it's called "JAM Project - Saikô! BOOGIE WOOGIE NIGHT Top 20 Medley", including classics like "Cutey Honey", "Yamato", "Touch", and so on, but I was deeply disappointed. The live singing in this piece is so bad it sounds like a better karaoke meeting including a few beers... pity.

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Got a full-cast performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles from Jim French Productions. I used to listen to Jim French's radio series while I was living in Seattle. (It wasn't called Imagination Theater back then, but I'm positive they couldn't keep it what it was at least partly because it's not on KIRO anymore. [Pronounced Cairo as in the capital of Egypt for the title, KIRO is the CBS radio affiliate in Seattle.]) I've known for a while know that Jim French has been making Sherlock Holmes for the series, though, and I thought this take on Hound was a good excuse to see what French's take on Holmes was.


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Got a full-cast performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Oh, an audio book? I'm not so fond of this medium somehow... reading stories that way is for kids who can't read yet, and I'd rather read letters on paper than passively sit in front of the CD player.
But I indeed own one audio book: "My Life", written and read by Bill Clinton. I dunno why, but after reading the book I wanted to have the CD as well. It's interesting to listen to, but the audio version lacks six interesting anecdotes from the book... that was a bit of a pitty.
Oh, and I own a BBC broadcast of "The Hobbit", featuring Ian Holm (among others).

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Got a full-cast performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Oh, an audio book? I'm not so fond of this medium somehow... reading stories that way is for kids who can't read yet, and I'd rather read letters on paper than passively sit in front of the CD player.

Out of curiosity, was The Hobbit a reading? Or was it a full-cast play like what Orson Welles would do on The Shadow and the Mercury Theatre series? The latter is what this telling of The Hound of the Baskervilles is.

For a reading, Stephen King's novella “The Gingerbread Girl” is out now in audio book form, and I bought that from iTunes. Good story of a woman who starts running after the loss of her child. When her husband takes the running as a literal sign of how she's dealing with the loss, she effectively flies to Florida and makes use of her father's conch shack in the Keys. Not going to spoil anything if you haven't read it, except it wouldn't be all pun to say she eventually runs into a more dangerous predicament.

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Been caught up with Sound Horizon.

Listening to them repeatedly, watching their concerts on youtube... Revo is a bloody genius. He's the composer, plays crazy riffs on the guitar, has a decent singing voice and even pulls an accordion out when the time calls for it.

The crew is awesome too. Kaori, Yuuki, Remi, Rikki(yes the one who sang Suteki da ne)... then we have Jimang, the killer old dude with awesome moves and a great voice too. The instrumentalists backing are totally great too, especially the solo violinist.

They put so much effort into their concerts as well. Dressing up, light shows and other snazzy effects, and crazy arse dancing and performing, all while still sounding awesome. Some bands/singers tend to seem rather inferior in their lives, but not these. Even if its lacking that slight polish the albums have, they just sing with like extra guts at their concerts which makes me prefer some of their live songs over the recorded ones.

I'm having a Sound Horizon fever. Can't wait for their 6th Story Album, which I think is coming out sometime in August.

Sound Horizon is also having a collaboration album with.... Yuki Kajiura! To create a Maxi Single - Dream Port. We get all of Sound Horizon's finest talents(minus Rikki I think unfortunately, she left after she gave birth to twins) put together with Kajiura and her lot which would include Yuuka and Kalafina(who sang the beautiful ending themes for the Kara no Kyokai movies). The single would totally be the ultimate aural porn.

On the subject of Kajiura, I was listening to FictionJunction feat Yuuka(which is like Kajiura plus Yuuka essentially), Silly-Go-Round which is catchy.

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I own a BBC broadcast of "The Hobbit", featuring Ian Holm (among others)
Out of curiosity, was The Hobbit a reading? Or was it a full-cast play (...)?

It was a play, if that is an audio recording featuring several voice talents instead of one person reading all the roles while changing his/her voice as well as possible. The trolls speaking cockney was extraordinarily fun.

Reminded me of the joke of a junior New Zealand officer meeting an English senior officer in WWI:
Senior officer: "So, did you come here to die?"
Junior officer: "No, sir, I came 'ere yesterday."

Hm... the joke is better when heard I guess.

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I've been listening to Dragonforce for quite sometime. I love their songs, especially Through the Fire and Through the Flames, Revolution Deathsquad, Prepare for War, and Cry for Eternity.

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It was a play, if that is an audio recording featuring several voice talents instead of one person reading all the roles while changing his/her voice as well as possible.

Ya, that's what I meant. That's what Jim French Productions (who did this version of The Hound I'm talking about) does. Dunno if your familiar with the old radio shows that were popular in the States before the invention of TV, but it's the same kind of thing I think. (You remember the Who's on first routine Acmurphy posted over in the "PHPBB3 Up and Running!" thread as a pun on how our conversation over there had gotten? I used to have a cassette tape of an Abbot & Costello show including a version of that routine as well.)

Anyway...Iron Maiden has a new best of album out. (It seems like every second full-length album they put out now is either a compilation or a live album.) Good album. They have a lot of stuff from Live After Death here, though (primarily to use in place of versions that had DiAnno on vocals, so that it was Dickenson doing all lead vocals on this one), and that got annoying after a while...

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Dunno if your familiar with the old radio shows that were popular in the States before the invention of TV, but it's the same kind of thing I think.

Yes, I read about such entertainment because years ago, in my early teens, I was wondering what people were doing when TV was not yet invented or not affordable.

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Sajin no Kanata e - from the collaboration single between Revo and Yuki Kajiura. Theres so many vocalists that I can't tell how many there are. The whole lot from Sound Horizon, and probably the people Kajiura has worked with, kalafina.. Yuuka... and others. And right at the end, Revo and Yuki take to the vocals and sing the last few lines. Awesomeness.

The song definitely has a more Kajiura feel to it overall. Since it lacks or seems to lack what Revo does, throw in a whole story in a song or across a bunch of songs. The single that contains it, Dream Port just contains that song and sand dream, which is like a different mix of the afore mentioned song minus your usual vocals, add those hymns and chanting thats often present in Kajiura's stuff and give a lot more focus towards the instruments.

Seems to be a bit of a bummer with essentially only 1 song, done in two different ways.... it is a good 7 and a half minutes long. And it is simply beautiful. Even if I would have liked more Sound Horizon style cryptic story behind the song kinda thing.


Sound Horizon is throwing out their next story album in about two months though....

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Sound Horizon's newly released 6th Story Album - Moira. Which apparently sold 13k+ copies on the first day and his hit #1 on the Oricon charts.

While it doesn't quite have tracks that focus on a particular vocalist like Roman did and you have a few to most or all vocalists performing in about every track, thats not necessarily a bad thing. Even if I'd like more of Kaori Oda's firey solos. Its overall a pretty damn epic package, with a fair bit of focus on instrumentals and soprano. And the story telling segments, like narration and other bits tend to be longer and more frequent than before. But then this a pretty long album of 15 tracks.

Its totally awesome, but it can be a bit suffocating sometimes. Theres just so much.. music! at once! In each and every track, they transists into each other smoothly and drown you. I have quite a time telling some of the tracks apart now, not to mention its a bit hard to remember their names sometimes. And each song can feel like a combination of 3 songs sometimes even.

For now, I'll just enjoy this to hell and back. Until the DVD of their concert comes out(there better be one, and it better be full length or heads will roll somewhere!).

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