November 24, 2010

Want to Hear Daftpunk's TRON LEGACY Soundtrack?

So I've listened to the samples from Daftpunk's soundtrack for Tron Legacy and I have to say, I will be buying the soundtrack. I will be listening to the soundtrack. When I am writing I will be using this soundtrack as part of my regular rotation. If you read anything I've written after December 7, 2011, the odds are I will have listened to this soundtrack while writing part of it. It's that good.

It (intentionally) reminds me of the original music, a bit, although the original music wasn't anything I'd want to listen to apart from the movie. It reminds me of Vangelis, actually, particularly the soundtrack for Bladerunner. It reminds me a lot of the soundtrack Joel Goldsmith is using for Stargate: Universe, which is interesting in and of itself (and I do hope for an album from his SGU music) because it is a traditional score writer known for great convention television scoring channeling Vangelis with an electronic score. (Most of his music for the other Stargate series was electronic made to sound like an orchestra, with Universe he just puts the electronic music front and center.)

Give it a listen! It's awesome!
Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy (OST) [] by seeksicksound

Obviously, it's not for everyone. But truth is, it's for this movie and seems to me it will work. But a good soundtrack , for me anyway, works when pulled away from the movie. A good soundtrack sets a mood without the need for visuals, which is why I use them when I work.

~ Ben

PS -- It's available for pre-order from Amazon for just $12: Tron Legacy

Tron Legacy

You can also get the original Tron soundtrack from them for pretty cheap ($11): Tron

November 3, 2010

C.S. Lewis on "Choices"

"[E]very time you make a choice you are turning into the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other."

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I heard this quote from Peter Kreeft, in a podcast about Mere Christianity, while I was on my run this morning, and it stuck with me. Mere Christianity is a dangerous book, of course, because it so concisely cuts through a lot of the bull that surrounds what really matters.

Lewis had a similar quote, using a similar word picture but in a different context, in The Weight of Glory. In that context it was not about personal choices making us into one or the other, beautiful creature or horrific beast, but rather seeing other people's potential as one or the other and helping them toward the better one. I'll post that quote someday.

This quote feeds nicely into a werewolf story I've wanted to write for a long time . . . maybe someday . . .

~ Ben