Wednesday, March 18, 2015

068: Trumpets That Go Bump in the Night

In this episode:
  • Andy of Lag Time Podcast joins us to discuss horror music!
  • And what a discussion it that we meander a lot and don't really come to any particular revelations about horror music. But we do bring up a lot of cool scores! Here's a list of some of the movies, video games, TV shows, and specific composers and soundtracks we bring up:
    • Terminator
    • Pan’s Labyrinth
    • Hannibal
    • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    • Friday the 13th
    • Shyamalan movies
    • Akira Yamaoka (naturally)
    • The Ring
    • Twin Peaks
    • The Crow
    • Throne of Blood
    • The X-Files
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • The Walking Dead
    • Invader Zim
    • Escape from Horrorland
    • Bioshock
    • Resident Evil
    • DayZ
    • Amnesia
    • Slender
    • Five Nights at Freddy’s
    • Vertigo
    • Psycho
  • Horror stories present unique opportunities and challenges compared to other genres, and as such also have their own suite of cliches to go along with it.
  • In case anyone was wondering, Fio is 0% composer.
  • Listen to the end of this episode for the full version of the podcast theme, "This is My Design."
  • Apologizes for the size of the episode file this time around. I wanted improve the audio quality a little bit, since we were discussing music.
  • For those who may have missed it, here is the episode Anglo-Filles where I joined them to discuss soundtracks. 
  • The terms for music/sound in movies: "Diegetic" aaaaand (drum roll)..."non-diegetic." Wow. You'd think it'd be easier for me to remember that.
  • Here's that YouTube video of username Diego_Reynoso playing around with some of the samples Akira Yamaoka used for the Silent Hill games.
  • From Fio: "Dead Souls" is the Joy Division NiN cover on the Crow soundtrack.
  • Also from Fio: The trailer with "Welcome to the Jungle" running over it is Run All Night.
  • Here are the "Real Games of Genius" parodies that Andy and I made:
  • Highlights from Fio's podcast notes:
    • Doesn’t Bobby’s World have an episode about Friday the 13th? On a similar note, remember fucking Bobby’s World?
    • Poll: Is me being really into Iron Maiden in high school predictable or suuuuuuuper predictable? (From Ian: Is it inversely proportional to how predictable it was that I was into Iron Maiden in high school?)
    • “Chorus of Kittens” is among my favorite of the Jhonen Vasquez requests for the composers in Zim.

  • Opening:
    • "Mercedes Lullaby (Nana de Mercedes)" - Javier Navarette (from Pan's Labyrinth) | YouTube | iTunes |
    • "First Crop Circles" - James Newton Howard (from Signs) | YouTube |
    • "The Walking Dead (Main Theme)" - Bear McCreary | YouTube |
    • "Promise (Reprise)" - Akira Yamaoka (from Silent Hill 2) | YouTube | iTunes |
  • Outro: "This is My Design" - written & performed by Ian | SoundCloud | Bandcamp (Coming Summer 2015) |

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

067: Fizzy Dagons & Undead Cameramen

Carmilla text edition:  6/?

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR WEB SERIES CARMILLA AND FRANKENSTEIN, M.D. Minor spoilers for Adult Wednesday Addams and The Joker Blogs.

In this episode:
  • Tonight's topic: Horror web series! We cover some recent popular horror web series, including:
  • Most of our discussion revolves around Carmilla and Frankenstein, M.D., since they have the most material to draw from (and Fio didn't get around to watching The Joker Blogs--shame on you, Fio).
  • Adapting Victorian novels into modern web series--who knew it would catch on?
  • Carmilla's and Frankenstein, M.D.'s different implementations of the weblog format
  • Watching characters/actors develop over the course of the series, and comparing how each series end their first "seasons"
  • Adult Wednesday Addams, and the age-old question: How does one best adapt the Addams Family? (Apparently there's a musical. Go figure.)
  • The Joker Blogs, and what it takes from both The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan film and the Batman animated series
  • Apparently there IS a Frankenstein TV series being developed by Fox. Knew I heard about it somewhere. Although clearly not this article, since it just came out.
  • Highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • 39:30 - Okay, so you say “there’s a lot of blue” but I was doing some writing while listening and totally thought you said “there’s a lot of lube” and I was sitting here like “waaaaaaaaaaaaat”
    • "I don’t think it came out of nowhere" what I should have said was that the rehearsals for a downer ending were definitely there.
    • Victoria: Less of a dick than Victor
    • I realized that the anti-smoking commercial that pissed me off was the one from truth featuring that swipe-left tindr parody song. I mean, the song is obnoxious, but the fact that they close the commercial and that fucking guy jumps up and fucking yells “HASHTAG” is the part that makes me want to go out buy a whole goddamn pack of cigarettes and smoke them at once. (Note from Ian: I have not had the misfortune of seeing this commercial. Yet. *looks over shoulder nervously*)
    • Realtalk, I just like saying Fizzy Dagon
    • When talking about the Addams Family I mention “There are some values they have that we also cherish” but don’t really expand upon it. In case anyone’s confused, I’m talking mainly about the love between Gomez and Morticia here, but that extends to the whole family. The morality of the Addams Family is more of a step to the side of our own rather than the complete opposite.
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" - How to Destroy Angels | YouTube | iTunes |
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