Another interesting week.
I played around a bunch with Taxi Driver for my assignments this week. That was a ton of fun. I love that I was able to act out the famous “You talkin’ to me?” speech for the line remix assignment, of course substituting “me” for “him.” I also used the film’s theme music as the basis for my radio bumper, something I knew about but didn’t realize had a name. I’m not a huge fan of my speaking voice, so it was a little eerie hearing myself talk, especially with the dark shtick I was going for. It’s still fun to listen to. I love Hermann’s score in that film; really an underrated aspect. But enough about Taxi Driver.
I really enjoyed both the sound effects assignment and the solo vocal trio. The latter I’ve played around with a bit in the past, but I’ve never attempted to tell a story solely with sound effects. It was a bit of an eye-opening experience realizing how important silence and pacing is in creating mood and atmosphere. I want to continue to play with that idea and incorporate more deliberate pacing in my music and storytelling, which I think has a tendency to fly off of the rails.
I’m just now realizing that I combined info for my introduction post and what is ultimately my summary of my first week. My mistake, I’ll keep it clearer in the future!
I was a late addition to the course, so I wasn’t able to jump on board right away, but I’ve had plenty of time to set up all of my social networking sites and get everything moving. I’m familiar with all of the sites we’re required to sign up for, but I’ve really only actively used a Twitter and Facebook account in the past. It’s been both interesting and somewhat frustrating setting up accounts for so many sites at once. Soundcloud in particular I have very little experience with, and I’ve already had some fun finding music on there that I didn’t know existed. For as much as I love to listen and play music, I’m often a bit stubborn when it comes to new material. It’s nice to find some new stuff.
As for the noir side of things, I talked a little bit in my intro post about my previous exposure to the genre in my intro to film studies class from a few years back. I’m also a huge film buff, so while it isn’t necessarily my style of choice, I’ve seen my fair share of noir films purely for enjoyment. In particular I briefly mentioned a somewhat modernist take on the style in Alan Parker’s 1987 film Angel Heart. I rewatched it just a few weeks ago, oddly enough. Though not filmed in the recognizable black and white staple of 40s/50s noir films, Parker is undeniably influenced by the genre, featuring heavy shadow play and a hard-boiled detective drama. I think it’s something of an underrated classic. It’s a visually stunning film for 1987, yet received little recognition when it was released, despite featuring Mickey Rourke and Robert DeNiro.
It’s interesting reading the list of noir works on the course hub. I’ve never even thought to analyze some newer films such as Dark Knight as noir, but once I did everything clicked. It’s a genre that has seen a massive bullet spread as over the last forty to fifty years. There are few films that truly harken back to its beginnings, but bits and pieces are visible all over the place.
Anyway, I’m not exactly sure where I’m going with this. I hope I’ve completed everything appropriately for the week, I’ll be right on top of everything now that I’m in the class for good. I’m excited though, all of this work seems right up my alley.
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.