Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I'll be writing a more detailed opinion, and (somehow) offering this material to you, though it's going to be problematic what with the volume of material when it comes to uploading... for now... go to LaLaLandRecords.com and buy it. You'll thank me later.
Also, I'm aware this has fairly well become the "Batman Music" blog of late, but... it's just been a phenomenal year for the dark knight, what can I say? Starting in the new year I'll try to focus back on Sci-Fi. Likely to begin with the Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles score by prolific composer, Bear McCreary.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thankfully, it seems that WB has it's Oscar battle brigade out in full force to support their tent-pole and the years highest grossing film. New information submitted by all effected parties - Zimmer, Howard, and the other five folks who helped them make the unique sounds they used - has convinced the Academy board in charge of such things to reverse it's decision. Thus, TDK's score is back in contention for an Oscar. The nominations are still 6 weeks away, and the actual awards ceramony 6 weeks after that, but this is one more step forward in the TDK Oscar crusade. For all of us score fans, it's a big feather in our cap.
Also, in case you've been under a rock for a while and missed it, the 2-disc limited edition expanded score for TDK has been released. Head over to Amazon or anywhere else you might buy such from and snatch it up while you can. It's -- as you know -- exceedingly rare that a studio pays the fees required to put out an extended edition of a motion picture score. If not for TDK's box office revenue, it's likely this would not have occurred. It's one of the few commercial available expanded scores though, and it's financial success could convince studios of the viability of such releases. So buy, buy, buy!
This is the time to put our money where our ears are, folks. We beg, plead, and cry for commercial expanded scores, and 99.9% of the time no one listens. So now that WB has, we have to put up or shut up. Amazon has it going for $47. Yeah, I know, a pretty penny for a score. If we buy it up though, we may open the flood gates and get more such releases in the future. So skimp, save, pinch pennies, and buy!
Same for the article below, for Batman: The Animated Series 2-disc score. Put your money where your mouth is!
UPDATE: I received my copy of the Limited Edition 2-Disc Expanded Score today (well, I didn't get the mail until tonight) and this is the first chance I've had to listen. The presentation of the set is exemplary. The outer box and the interior CD-holding inlays are of a material I can only describe as "leather-like" in feel. The CDs are presented within a 40-page color hard-bound book full of photographs from The Dark Knight. Sadly, no new information of interviews, comments, et cetera. Still, I'm quite pleased. I only wish my computer sound system was better (on an older system these days) so I could enjoy the music fully! Damn technology...
As to why you don't have a link to listen yourself... honestly, I don't know when or if I'll upload it. I know it's hyper-hypocritical of me, but I want people to actually put their money out and buy this one. Why? Because it just might make an iota of a difference in whether or not we get future expanded score releases. So... I'll mull it over. I'm sure everyone has other sites they can locate it from. For me, for now, I just want to encourage everyone to actually pony up the dough for this occasion. It doesn't happen often enough.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The important thing, though, is the music itself. This is the first time, ever, in the 16 years since the series premiered that any of the musical score has been made commercially available. The 2-disc set is limited to only 3,000 copies, and it's expected to sell out within 12-24 hours, if previous rare releases by LaLaLand are any indications. So get your lazy asses over there, now, and order while you still can!
You may also want to grab a copy of prolific composer Bear McCreary's score from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as I did. Bear's work is astounding, and I guarantee we'll be hearing his name during the Oscar ceremonies at some future point. His ground-breaking work on Battlestar Galactica has helped to re-define music scores across the industry, from the subtle to the overt.
I'll have a few review with details, track listing, and images, of both scores at some point post-December 16 (date of shipping for delivery). So stay tuned!
UPDATE: Amazingly, LaLaLand still has copies available for purchase. I'm also told by a source -- webmaster of the linked-to The Scores of Batman: The Animated Series -- that a second volume of B:TAS material is also ready to go, and that a third is in the works. So to get them, Volume 1 needs to sell, folks! Make it happen! I know so many people who have salivated over B:TAS scores for years... here is the chance! Take advantage!
Monday, September 1, 2008
What in the hell does that mean for Superman, an alien who can fly and shoot heat lasers from his eyes, and is indestructible unless you have a glowing green hunk or radioactive rock that's actually a chunk of his smashed home world? Who the hell knows. I just like the sound of it. What Christopher Nolan has done for comic book films is akin to what Frank Miller did for the character of Batman in the 1980's with his re-invention of the character in 'The Dark Knight Returns' - the ground-breaking graphic novel that 'gave Batman his balls back' after years stuck in Adam West and 50's comic book camp mode. Realism and darkness (likely of the villains) will now be a focus rather than wild fantasy without any explanation. Another important item is that the on-again, off-again Justice League live-action film has been likewise killed. Though it is planned to eventually do such a film, just how, when, and in what form is now in question.
So in lieu of the 'death' of one branch of the Superman franchise, and it's pending return in another form, I thought it might be appropriate to share the score from the fantastic recent animated feature Superman: Doomsday. The story for the direct-to-DVD film is, of course, Superman's apparent death at the hands of the creature known as Doomsday. What happens beyond that I'll not say, as, even though it's obvious Superman could never truly be perma-killed, it's more fun to watch the film than to hear me spell out the plot. It's out now, so go buy it, and give a listen to it's great original score.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I can't say why anyone would make a bogus extended edition. It seems to me a lot of work for nothing. Then again, if someone where making a profit from such a thing on the street, now then it might be worth the effort. You take the commercial release of 'The Dark Knight' and you mix it with the score from the films predecessor through a program such as NGWave, and there you go. Slap on a bogus label into a jewel case and set up shop somewhere, and you might make a few hundred dollars if you're really lucky and can avoid the authorities. The unsuspecting fool who purchased such spurious item from you goes home, pops it into his or her stereo, and hears what he or she believes is an authentic extended edition score.
Of 23 tracks, I found one of value. Just one. The end titles track, which was likely acquired through other means. If a theater where quiet enough at the end of the film, the right equipment could record such as the end titles played on screen. So I'm making that sole worthwhile track available now for all of you to download and add to your commercial edition. In the mean time, I'd advise everyone to avoid spreading around the false extended edition. It's faux cover image features Batman riding the Batpod. It's 23 tracks in length, roughly 100 minutes in duration. I found it split into two CDs. It's not the real thing, folks. Trust me, and pass on the warning.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
A friend of mine wrote his detailed review of the scores tracks, and I can not improve upon such, so I will simply share it with you as a commentary to accompany it. It has been included in the ZIP file archive as an RTF (text) file. I urge you to read it.
UPDATE: OK folks, third times a charm! The first copy I uploaded was lower-than-I-like quality, and corrupted the final track at 6 minutes. The second copy had better quality, but the final track was corrupt once more, this time at 12 minutes. Well hot off of a torrent, I've acquired a full and functional copy for you all. So... again... enjoy.
- Why So Serious? (9:14)
- I'm Not a Hero (6:35)
- Harvey Two-Face (6:17)
- Aggresive Expansion (4:36)
- Always a Catch (1:40)
- Blood on My Hands (2:17)
- A Little Push (2:43)
- Like a Dog Chasing Cars (5:03)
- I Am The Batman (2:00)
- And I Thought My Jokes Where Bad (2:29)
- Agent of Chaos (6:55)
- Introduce a Little Anarchy (3:43)
- Watch the World Burn (3:48)
- A Dark Knight (16:15)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
For years, obtaining any unadulterated excerpt of the score has been a near impossibility. What little has been released was done for publicity purposes, and has become primarily lost through the years. Even with the abundance of peer-to-peer programs, and the massive expanse that is the internet... some things simply remain out of reach. Or at least... they used to. Tonight... this morning, actually... I am beyond pleased to present to everyone, what has been my holy grail of entertainment scores. The largest portion of scores from Batman: The Animated Series that I have ever seen, heard, or obtained.
- Gotham Trouble (1:50)
- Joker Theme (0:54)
- Bad Joke (0:17)
- Night Search (1:31)
- Over the City (0:51)
- Mad Love (0:35)
- Big Trouble (3:50)
- Sad Romance (1:15)
- New Power (1:42)
- The Plan (1:40)
- Observation (1:59)
- Rescue (3:13)
- Trapped (2:28)
- Fight (2:43)
- Hero Again? (2:44)
- Sadness (0:32)
- Gotham Night (0:17)
- Ready for Action (2:09)
- Bad Guys (0:15)
- Robbery (0:48)
- Needing Help (2:49)
- Police (0:20)
- Finale (6:26)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Everyone cross your fingers, dot your I's and cross your T's, and pray to whatever deity you believe in that I get my hands on this!