Happy listening... :)
10 juin 2010, 9h06mTurkish industrial rock band Makine's eponymous album (Makine) is finally available on last.fm. Besides being fully streamable, six tracks can be listened on demand as featured tracks on the artist page. The label Mancinik is willing to cycle through the album to feature other tracks according to demand.
Happy listening... :)
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7 sept. 2007, 9h00mThis review is not by me and it's even more than one year old, but it is excellently written and if it makes just one or two more people listen to this great soundtrack the better...
So I present you Paul Schultz' review on Battlestar Galactica: Season 2:
http://www.the-trades.com/article.php?id=4496 (the original link)
Bear McCreary, "Battlestar Galactica: Season 2" Soundtrack
Music Review by Paul Schultz
Published: July 9, 2006
Collecting the very best musical moments from the second season of the Sci Fi Channel's daring re-imagining of the late 1970's series Battlestar Galactica, this soundtrack delivers a rich score that covers vast emotional territory. The young Bear McCreary builds upon his accomplishments from the previous season to scale new heights with this impressive mix that works well on its own, apart from the visuals it was geared toward.
The packaging includes an eight-page color booklet featuring scenes from the year's offerings, plus liner notes from Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore and composer McCreary. Both are quite informative as far as revealing the difficulties and struggles inherent in producing a weekly series. McCreary relates an encounter with Stu Phillips, who composed the original theme music over twenty-five years ago, along with memories more bittersweet: "(The fourth track) was performed by the Supernova String Quartet, led by a talented young violinist, Ludwig Girland. Tragically, within a month of this recording, his car was struck by a drunk driver, leaving him in a coma, from which he has yet to awaken... The original title for this piece was 'Saying Goodbye,' which no musician who ever worked with Ludwig is ready to do. Watching 'The Farm' again, I realized that Kara is not saying goodbye to Anders, but actually giving her word that she'll come back, against all odds. So, 'A Promise to Return' seemed a more fitting title for this piece, which I have dedicated to Ludwig's recovery."
"The first season soundtrack introduced an arsenal of Japanese taikos, Middle Eastern woodwinds, Celtic world percussion and symphonic orchestra," McCreary explains in the liner notes. Expanding upon that base, "season two's score introduced even more instruments and styles" including Indian tablas, sitars, and twangy ethnic guitars. McCreary was fortunate to mentor under renowned movie composer Elmer Bernstein to learn how to fashion music into a storytelling tool. The military snare drum cues so prevalent in the music for Season One are still present, but now are joined company by somber synthesizer textures with touches of electric guitar and bass.
As a huge fan of the original series (a touchy subject when comparing it to this new incarnation, which I expound upon in my review of Season One), I was more than pleasantly surprised to hear the disc open with the familiar "Battlestar Galactica Main Theme" penned by Phillips and Glen A. Larson (with a little piece of "Exploration" toward the end, also from the original series' soundtrack). McCreary conducts a sixty-piece orchestra to showcase the only brass-heavy track in this new take on an old favorite. From there, the musical diversity runs the gamut from thundering percussions ("Scar"), to emotive march ("Reuniting the Fleet"), to warmhearted waltz ("Roslin and Adama"), to creepy reed instrumentation ("Escape from the Farm"), to ethereal ("Baltar's Dream"), to something you might expect to hear from an Alan Parsons instrumental ("Pegasus").
The two lengthy inclusions, "Something Dark is Coming" and "Prelude to War", really highlight McCreary's ability to take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion. Esoteric vocalizing is employed on "The Cylon Prisoner" (featuring McCreary's brother Bt4) and "Lords of Kobol" (featuring Raya Yarbrough). The latter track also utilizes some up-front drum sampling which was the only segment that felt out of place of any of the music presented. The final track begins innocently enough before transforming into a sprawling, gritty wall of sound featuring the guitar work of former Oingo Boingo member Steve Bartek.
Improving on his achievements for Season One's soundtrack, Bear McCreary expands his musical palette to complement the story complexity presented in Battlestar Galactica's second season. As McCreary notes, he can't wait until he can begin scoring again for the third season. He joins the show's many fans in anticipation of the continuing adventures with a hearty "so say we all".
Original Music from the Sci Fi Channel Television Series "Battlestar Galactica" - Season 2
01. Colonial Anthem (Theme from Battlestar Galactica) from 'Final Cut' (4:02)
02. Baltar's Dream from 'Valley of Darkness' (2:45)
03. Escape from the Farm from 'The Farm' (3:09)
04. A Promise to Return from 'The Farm' (3:03)
05. Allegro from 'Home' Part One (4:59)
06. Martial Law from 'Fragged' (1:51)
07. Standing in the Mud from 'Black Market' (1:45)
08. Pegasus from 'Pegasus' (2:46)
09. Lords of Kobol from 'Pegasus' (2:50)
10. Something Dark is Coming from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part One (8:51)
11. Scar from 'Scar' (2:26)
12. Epiphanies from 'Epiphanies' (2:43)
13. Roslin and Adama from 'Resurrection Ship' Parts One and Two (2:49)
14. Gina Escapes from 'Resurrection Ship' Part Two (2:00)
15. Dark Unions from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part One (2:53)
16. The Cylon Prisoner from 'Pegasus' (3:51)
17. Prelude to War from 'Pegasus' and 'Resurrection Ship' Parts One and Two (8:22)
18. Reuniting the Fleet from 'Home' Parts One and Two (2:45)
19. Roslin Confesses from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part Two (2:09)
20. One Year Later from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part Two (1:43)
21. Worthy of Survival from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part Two (3:35)
22. Battlestar Galactica Main Title (0:45)
23. Black Market from 'Black Market' (5:48)
26 juin 2007, 20h21mTwo years ago yesterday Kazım Koyuncu died of cancer.
Since then I haven't talked much about him. I even almost entirely stopped listening to his music.
It's still damn difficult to overcome this weird blockage and to look back and say something meaningful. Yet I feel compelled to do so! Maybe in the search for closure..?
Maybe I just tell about a little moment we shared...
In 1997 I was out of prison for a few months, just waiting to go back soon after the next trial session, when I suddenly met Kazım in Beyoğlu. We hadn't seen each other for some years and he was obviously in a hurry. He hugged me strongly with his big smile, told his friends to keep on walking, saying he would catch up in a minute. Then he suddenly draw a ticket out of his pocket, gave it to me and said fervently that they aren't standing still. He was talking about the "conscientious concert" as they named it in support of conscientious objection and my case. He and his band Zuğaşi Berepe (children of the sea) were not just joining the solidarity concerts (this was the second one), but organizing them. They were convincing other bands to join too...
I asked him about his plans concerning military service. I had no intention to imply that he should declare his objection too, but really just wanted to know about his plans. He immediately tried to explain his situation, saying that he has big plans with his music, which he can’t possibly follow if he goes to prison. I assured him that this is perfectly legitimate and understandable and that everybody obviously has to act according to his/her possibilities, situation and of course his/her inclination.
After Zuğaşi Berepe dissolved and Kazım made it big in his personal career I often thought about that moment and his glowing friendly eyes.
And one day we heard of “his” cancer. Everything happened so fast. Only about half a year passed after the diagnosis... Kazım was one of ten thousands from the Turkish Black Sea region who suffered from the long term effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. But long before anybody could have known that he would be outrun by it, he was part of the resistance against a nuclear plant in Turkey – as he was part of so many movements. At the very same time he managed to reach the masses and even made music for a soap opera – without compromising himself one bit. Kazım was unpretentious, modest, incredibly humane, energetic and straightforward. He seemingly left unscratched. What a paralyzing thought...
Here’s a big hug for you, son of the sea...
27 mai 2007, 10h53mWe were visiting friends a few days ago. We (a group of appr. 12 people, 7 of whom are last.fm users) finally had the chance to sit down and relax after a long day of this and that. So I turned on When Earth Lets Go, right before we made ourselves comfortable on the balcony. Then we raised our beers for Jan, the vocal of Gazpacho and I immediately had the idea to convey this moment to Jan, together with the beautiful scene we were enjoying while we were listening to his voice. So, Jan, here you go:
:) I know that you have been there already. I'm sure you will recognize the place. My machine is not too good, but those photos nevertheless should do the trick. :p
9 avr. 2007, 13h37mAs Kevin Moore himself told MTV News Türkiye on 3rd of April (which I missed and heard just now), he has officially teamed up with Turkish industrial rock band Makine for pre and master production of their debut album. The contract was signed last week. The group members picked him and his gear up from Istanbul yesterday and reached Izmir by night. They are right now enjoying a tea at the sea-side before the work can start. :)
Kevin Moore is well-known as the first keyboardist of Dream Theater. He later concentrated on his solo-project Chroma Key, while taking part in various groups as OSI and Fates Warning.
For more info on Makine check out their official website, the last.fm artist page or the last.fm group Makine
30 mars 2007, 15h34mAhh, I forgot to mention the similar artists of Gazpacho, to make sure that the recommendation/journal is seen by potentially interested people. So I do it here.
Here is the first journal on Gazpacho.
And here are the similar artists of Gazpacho (according to last.fm listening habits and ominous calculation algorithms):
30 mars 2007, 12h26mAfter having recommended them in five or seven groups, I thought I have to write a journal about them! Yes, Gazpacho is that kind of band, which absorbs you, triggering your impulse to do something about it. :)
I haven't been impressed by anything that much since a long time, besides maybe Chroma Key a few months back, but this recent experience turned out more intense for me.
You will be surprised when you read their bio, seeing that they are around since 1996. Luckily a tour with Marillion threw some light on them, but there are still only around 700 listeners on last.fm.
Their arrangements are so well-rounded, peppered with little surprises and professional... And then they have a wonderful vocalist, he's virtually melting with the music. :) His vocal is sometimes reminiscent of Morten Harket of a-ha. There is a very nice female vocalist from time to time - and her presence is certainly not cosmetic! :)
I simply can't grasp how they are still so "obscure". Ok, they aren't signed to any label (another miracle, given the quality of their work), but stil...
I especially enjoyed their debut album Bravo (1996) and their newest release Night (2007).
A lot of their tracks are fully streamable on last.fm, so don't let this one pass, go and check them out. You might also want to have a look at the last.fm fan group Gazpacho.