Thursday, September 27, 2007

Never Quite Understood Blogs...

I've never quite understood blogs before... honestly I can't say I do now that I'm doing one, either. LOL. Most people 'blog' about their life, their job, their beliefs, whatever else. They say it's therapeutic, and I don't doubt that; but who in the hell wants to read about other peoples lives like that? Seriously! So I won't bore you all with such ramblings. I'll just point you to some more awesome Sci-Fi Scores!

These are not my own uploads, but rather ones I ran across myself. So I can't take any credit for releasing them, nor would I -- I'm just letting everyone know of them and where to find them! My logic being, the more people who have this stuff, the better; if only six people have it, it can be destroyed or deleted or what not. If a thousand people have it, it's that much harder to get rid of! That's been my philosophy with rare scores, but until now I've had no outlet to practice what I preach and share them with others.

Over at From Unknown Origins I happened across a rare score (actually, three - but I had the other two) from Star Trek: Enterprise. I know, I know, that was the worst of the Star Trek series and it lead to the demise of the franchise pretty much, but this particular score I'm pointing you towards (or rather, two scores in one download) is primarily from one of the few good episodes of the show: "In a Mirror, Darkly" - the season 4 duology which was done totally in the Mirror Universe, and offered us a chilling view of an alternate reality. The episode was also the first and only time in 40 years of Star Trek that they created alternate opening titles for the show, specifically for those two episodes. While that theme has, of course, been available to download since the episode aired, the score for the entire two-parter contains a higher-quality copy as well as all the rest of the duologies music.

In addition to "In a Mirror, Darkly" this download also has the score for the Enterprise finale episode "These Are the Voyages..." which is widely considered the worst. finale. ever. Still, it had a few moments of good music - especially the end track which featured elements of the famed Star Trek theme. And since it's included in the "In a Mirror, Darkly" download file... you don't have much choice but to download it anyway! Both scores are the work of veteran Trek composer Dennis McCarthy who also scored the opening theme to Trek-Sibling Deep Space 9 as well as the seventh feature film, Generations (of which I'm looking for the expanded non-SFX score of!). The download link is about 25% of the way down the page, so to save you time, here is a direct link...

If that link doesn't work, just let me know; I've got the score myself so I can make an upload of it.

Also, if you're a Trek music fan and want the scores for Enterprise episodes "Canamar" and "Regeneration" they're both over there as well. I've seen them on other pages, though, so I do not know if those two are exclusive or not. If you want them, you know where to go find them.

Thanks to From Unknown Origins for "In a Mirror, Darkly" and "These Are the Voyages..." scores!

Finally got around to uploading the score to replace the original dead link. Sorry for the delay, but as I mentioned in a previous entry, I'm a procrastinator! I almost delayed putting it up longer, under my copy of Enterprise season 4 comes from Amazon, so that I could generate proper titles for all the tracks to go with their scenes, but I knew if I did that, I'd simply never get around to it.

Monday, September 24, 2007

I Thought I Was Alone...

Two weeks ago, I thought I was alone. I thought I was... well... weird because unlike the majority, I don't really care that much for music with lyrics in it. Instead, I prefer my music in instrumental format; naked and untainted - devoid of the words of others telling you what you should think or feel as you listen. I don't want to be told a literal story with my music: I want to discover the story within the notes, to devise as many stories as I can from each title. In a nutshell, I don't want to be ordered to "hit you, baby, one more time" or anything else of the kind. In this day and age, the only such music that gives you that right in my personal experience is that of the score; motion picture or televised. The added bonus of such works being that, if you choose, you can easily connect them in your mind to the visuals and dialogue, faces and stories, of the productions they are created for. You receive the best of both worlds - both being able to imagine and create your own story, your own feelings, and/or being able to envision and follow those stories and feelings laid down by others.

Two weeks ago, I thought I was alone. Then I found you all. Through La Leyenda De Los Soundtracks I discovered not just a massive cache of untold riches, a gold mine of scores - many extended beyond their limited commercial releases - like I had never dreamed existed. As I ventured beyond it's bounds, I found it was but one member of a community I feel I have been searching for. Though I have only explored the surface depths of this rich and wonderful world, I have found that - to my surprise - I have scores to share. Somehow, I have obtained a small handful of scores that it seems others have not. So I created this blog, in order to join the community; to share and enrich you all, as you have me. It is with that in mind that I post my first release, which I know from personal experience to be something highly coveted...

In 1992, Bruce W. Timm and Paul Dini created their own unique vision of Batman. In doing so, they combined all of the right elements in just the right way, and accomplished something no one expected: a definitive portrayal of the Bat and his universe. Amongst all the variations upon Batman over the decades, from the first comics, the 1940's serials, the camp of the 1960's Adam West and 1970's Superfriends, to Frank Miller's legendary restoration of Batman's edge, Tim Burton's gothic experiment, Joel Schumacher's destructive touch, and finally Christopher Nolan's salvation, one incarnation of Batman has emerged above them all, to be held in high regard by a large majority of bat-fans as the ultimate and unchallenged champion. This was Batman: The Animated Series also known as 'The Adventures of Batman and Robin'.

This series gave birth to the character of Harley Quinn, the Joker's bubbly-bimbo girl sidekick - and the first and only character created outside the comics to then be incorporated into them - as well as the definitive portrayal of the Joker by (of all people) Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker of Star Wars) and began the decades-plus reign of Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman. Though re-invented briefly as 'The New Batman Adventures' AKA 'Batman: Gotham Knights' and parent to 'Batman Beyond' and, in a sense, the 'Superman' animated series and 'Justice League' series which followed in it's footsteps, it is the original 89 episodes of 'The Animated Series' which continues to dominate after 15 years. This original series also offered us some of the best bat-music ever created. Scored by the late, great Shirley Walker, any element of the show's score has been a great white whale to fans. Until now.

I was lucky enough to acquire a promotional score, containing 5 suites from 5 separate episodes, the shortest of which is 6 minutes 50 seconds, the longest 12 minutes 51 seconds. I have also included the opening titles from 'Batman: The Animated Series' and it's later re-titled 'The Adventures of Batman and Robin'. As a special bonus on top of this ultra-rare assortment, I have included three brief tracks from the score of the aforementioned 'Superman' animated series, including an extended cut of it's opening title. So without further rambling on my part, happy downloading!

  • Batman: The Animated Series - Main Title (1:00)

  • The Adventures of Batman & Robin Theme (0:56)

  • Suite from 'Dam of the Samurai' (12:51)

  • Suite from 'Demon's Quest, part 1' (8:56)

  • Suite from 'Feat of Clay, part 2' (12:33)

  • Suite from 'I Am The Night' (7:33)

  • Suite from 'The Laughing Fish' (6:50)

  • [BONUS] Superman: Animated Theme - Extended (2:32)

  • [BONUS] Superman Animated: Double Obsession (1:56)

  • [BONUS] Superman Animated: Mala Tells a Story (1:01)