Hello all! My name is Steve Rechter and I'm excited I made it into the class. Ready for some fun times. #ds106
— Stephen Rechter (@StephenRechter) January 18, 2015
Hello! This might end up something of a test post to make sure everything is coming through alright. I wasn’t sure what to pick for my Soundcloud bit. I’ve really never perused around there too much. I happened to see one of my favorite folk guitarists, Nick Drake, pop up and I listened to a remix of one of his most notable songs, Pink Moon. He’s a folk legend and this remix sounds really damn awesome in different bits.
A little about me: I’m a senior English major/ digital studies minor. I’m a lowly film buff, swearing allegiance to directors from Malick, Coppola, and Scorsese to newer guys like P.T Anderson, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Darron Aronofsky…I could go on. I’m also big into video games, particularly history and theory. I’m into music as well, but much more casually than film or video games. I’ve been playing guitar, singing, and occasionally doing some personal recording for about eight or nine years. Folk rock is where it’s at.
As for noir this week, it was Dr. Barrenchea’s genre of choice when I took his intro to film studies class a number of semesters ago, so I definitely have a background interpreting its distinct visual style. One of the films we watched was actually made in 1987, Alan Parker’s Angel Heart. It’s a cool film that really harkens back to 40s/50s visual style. And you get to watch Robert DeNiro play the devil while Mickey Rourke of all people plays the hard-boiled detective. That’s a win in and of itself.
Anyway, I’m extremely excited to get going here with this class. I’m sure there are many good times ahead.