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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  1. dude, i love this is my design! so cool! and i can't wait for more of the rising darkness, and to hear what the other song is. :)

  2. When survival horror first started one of its distinctive traits was the use of static camera angles, which lent a more cinematic quality to them. But since those became frustrating from a gameplaying perspective, my understanding is that they've been completely abandoned.

    You spoke of good movie soundtracks from the 80s as being a rare thing, but I'll have to pipe up and note that Michael Nyman's run of soundtracks for Peter Greenaway's films are superb. However, they just sound like classical rather than synthy "80s movie music".