In this episode I talk about that time someone asked John Cage a question regarding flatulence. I also talk about an upcoming concert I've bought tickets to. The show ends with my latest composition.
Monday, January 17, 2022
Friday, December 17, 2021
In this episode I discuss a new technique for overcoming recording difficulties, why staff paper makes me angry, and come to terms with Halloween Kills. The episode ends with a great piece by Fadi Rachid.
Also, for those interested:
I said on the show that I didn't like "Halloween Kills," but didn't get into why I don't like "Halloween Kills".
I took issue with a lot things, but the most egregious transgression was the return of the Immortal Michael Myers. It seemed as though the previous movie made a point of saying Michael is only human, and is sustained by a relentless determination to do evil. There is no back story, no explanation, just an evil dude. And this is scary. The idea that someone could just be born evil is far more terrifying than someone who is nurtured into evil. But once the slasher becomes immortal, he loses believably, and the scariness is drastically reduced.
In previous sequels Michael took on the common slasher trope of becoming an immortal being who simply cannot be killed. It got especially weird in parts 5 and 6 where they decided Michael was the satanic offspring of some cult ritual. I can't remember exactly, as it was extremely forgettable. While the 2018 Halloween seemed to rectify this and started us down an exciting new path, HK pulled a complete 180 and decided to go home and stay safe. Michael is now an unstoppable tank who cannot be killed by blade, bullet, or flame.
Fortunately, the 2018 film works perfectly as a stand alone sequel to the original. This is fine with me. Not everything needs to be a trilogy.
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Monday, September 27, 2021
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
In episode 32 I discuss my latest approach to composing and overcoming writer's block. Topics also include some recent horror movies I've seen and how Grateful Dead music belongs on the classical guitar. The show caps off with 2 great pieces by Jared S. Coffin.
I suppose I barely touched on what I hated about Werewolves Within. I largely found the movie to be predictable and the humor forced and over the top. I appreciate a good horror comedy, but not to the cartoonish levels of this movie. We saw the best parts of the movie in the trailer, which I suggest watching as an alternative to the movie.
Regarding the Fear St. movies, what I mostly disliked about the first one was the lack of likable protagonists. I found it difficult to feel invested in their mortal outcomes, with the exception of the the Iron Maiden kid. He was great. Overall though, the story was interesting enough to make it enjoyable.
I thought the 2nd movie had a little more to offer with the characters being somewhat more relatable, plus it probably helps that you're more established in the setting after the 1st movie. It also didn't suffer from the hyperactive song changes that were over the top in the first movie.
There it is.
Monday, July 19, 2021
In this episode I'm pleased to be joined by guitarist and luthier, Kristian Heim to discuss all things classical guitar building. The episode features music by Kristian Heim and Freya Shaw.
Here are some pics of Kristian's latest build "the Brazillian." Be sure to check out Kristian's website here: Kristian Heim Website
Also, here is the link from Freya Shaw for the film project she is working on.
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