Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Episode 53 - Skyfall: The Bond Identity


Episode 53 - Skyfall: The Bond Identity

Chris, Marius, Edmund and Richard dive into the latest Bond-Film, SKYFALL. What Have You Been Listening To is back including some ind-epth talk about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Skyworld (Two Steps from Hell)

Episode Highlights

00:00 The Bond Identity Opening
04:04 WHYBLT? Frankenweenie, Black Ops II, Assassins Creed III
11:39 WHYBLT? The Sweeney, Skyworld
18:40 Sidetrack:  Two Steps from Hell Concert in 2013
22:23 WHYBLT? More Black Ops II, Adam's Lament, The Four Seaons Recomposed
29:31 SKYFALL: The Movie (no spoilers)
36:36 SKYFALL: The Movie (spoiler talk)
64:53 SKYFALL: The Music as heard in the film
74:20 SKYFALL: The Music on the soundtrack
91:04 SKYFALL: What about Mr. Jacques? Oscar Worthy? Final thoughts.


Music Selections

00:00 "Breadcrumbs" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
04:18 "Main Titles " (Frankenweenie) by Danny Elfman
06:19 "Theme from Call of Duty Black Ops II" (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) by Trent Reznor
09:33 "Main Theme" (Assassin's Creed III) by Lorne Balfe
11:40 "Trafalgar Square " (The Sweeney) by Lorne Balfe
13:27 "All Is Hell That Ends Well" (Skyworld) by Two Steps from Hell
16:26 "Winterspell" (Skyworld) by Two Steps from Hell
26:52 "Spring 1 - Spring 1" (The Four Seasons Recomposed) by Max Richter
29:14 "Komodo Dragon" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
41:09 "Skyfall" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
58:54 "Severine" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
64:33 "Jellyfish" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
69:12 "Breadcrumbs" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
70:48 "Grand Bazaar, Instanbul" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
82:40 "New Digs" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
86:53 "Jellyfish" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
87:46 "She's Mine " (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman
88:18 "Severine" (Skyfall) by Thomas Newman





Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Interview: Jack Wall (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)



Interview: Jack Wall (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)

Composer Jack Wall talks with Marius Masalar about his score for the fastest selling video game to date, Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  They talk about his transition from audio producer to working in the video game world, his thoughts on the use of "melody" in game scores, working alongside and around Trent Reznor's main theme, and a bit about his upcoming score for Lost Planet 3 in 2013!

Episode Highlights


0:00 Introduction
2:12 Early reviews of Black Ops II
3:42 Going from studio work to game audio, meeting Trent Reznor
9:00 The evolving game audio workflow, coming full circle
10:38 The attraction of Black Ops II, the value of story in the game
14:41 Dynamic range and the musical direction for the game
16:10 The story of the Niño Precioso cue
22:03 Influences from other series and previous Call of Duty scores
23:39 Melodic themes in games and emotional moments
28:07 Orchestras, the recording process, and the nuance of live performances
30:04 The mixing team and attention to detail in production
32:59 Electronics, field recordings, combining and using sounds
36:01 Learning synthesis and working on Mass Effect
37:12 Jack's favourite sound and the trouble with ringtones
39:14 Working alongside Trent Reznor, the main theme
40:30 The challenge of creating a fresh Call of Duty experience
43:34 Witnessing trends in the gaming industry, the power of indie
49:03 Wrapping up Lost Planet 3 and its…unusual musical direction
54:30 Game scores and composers that Jack admires
56:20 The growing appreciation of music in games
57:40 Conclusion



Music Selections


00:00 "Savimbi's Pride" (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) by Jack Wall
15:15 "Hidden " (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) by Jack Wall
16:30 "Niño Precioso" (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) by Jack Wall
20:20 "Raul Menendez Theme" (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) by Jack Wall
24:40 "Heros Theme " (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) by Jack Wall
32:55 "Spider Bot" (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) by Jack Wall and Jimmy Hinson
58:32 "Adrenaline (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) by Jack Wall




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ep. 52 - Cloud Atlas


Episode 52: Cloud Atlas

Sascha Dikiciyan (Bordlerands 2), Alex Billington (Firstshowing.net), and Jeremy Meyers (deepercontext.com) join Christopher to discuss the ambitious movie and score for CLOUD ATLAS.  They also make a quick sidetrack back on some Star Wars talk, reflect on composer Basil Poledouris, and the 1 minute clips from The Hobbit score.

Episode Highlights

00:00 "Our lives are not our own..."
00:41 Welcome and Intros
02:40 Sidetrack:  Return to Return of Star Wars
10:49 Sidetrack: Remembering Basil Poledouris
13:00 Sidetrack: More music clips from The Hobbit
15:56 Sidetrack: Working on Borderlands 2
22:02 Cloud Atlas: What did we think of the movie (non-spoilers)
38:50 Cloud Atlas: Detailed, spoiler-talk
54:52 Cloud Atlas: Music discussion (spoilers)
80:45 Wrapping it up


Music Selections

00:00 "Cloud Atlas Finale" (Cloud Atlas) by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer
07:03 "Track 2" (Rise of the Guardians) by Alexandre Desplat
16:00 "Warrior Boss" (Borderlands 2) by Sascha Dikiciyan, Cris Velasco
21:43 "Prelude- The Atlas March" (Cloud Atlas) by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer
54:11 "New Direction" (Cloud Atlas) by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer
55:15 "The Cloud Atlas Sextet For Orchestra"(Cloud Atlas) by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer
68:57 "Cavendish In Distress" (Cloud Atlas) by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer
80:43 "Cloud Atlas End Title" (Cloud Atlas) by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer




Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ep. 51 - The Return of Star Wars!

Episode 51: The Return of Star Wars!

Erik Woods (Cinematic Sound) and Jeremy Meyers (Deeper Context) join Helen, Marius, Chris, and Edmund to talk about the newly announced Star Wars films and who they hope to see score them. Could John Williams return?  Is Michael Giacchino the next, most logical choice?  And what about Hans Zimmer? (Dun dun dun!)

Episode Highlights

00:00 "I always said I wasn't going to do any more..."
00:49 Welcome and Intros
03:08 Reaction to George Lucas' big annnouncements
13:12 Will John Williams return?
25:50 Is Michael Giacchino on deck?
31:15 Who we'd like to see announced as composer
58:20 What about a video game composer?
62:50 Some REALLY outside-of-the-box picks
76:31 Conclusion

Music Selections

00:00 "Tales Of A Jedi Knight-Learn About The Force" (Star Wars: A New Hope) by John Williams
25:55 "Colditz Castle" (Medal of Honor) by Michael Giacchino
34:47 "Main Theme" (The Last Starfighter) by Craig Safan
36:43 "Peace, The Jedi Consular" (Star Wars: The Old Republic) by Mark Griskey, Gordy Haab et al
39:00 "The Battle of Dark Versus Light" (Vol. 1) by Two Steps from Hell
41:53 "Flight to the Wasteland" (Final Fantasy) by Elliot Goldenthal
52:34 "Finale" (Tron: Legacy) by Daft Punk
55:26 "Fight!" (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning) by Grant Kirkhope
79:19 "The Throne Room-End Title"  (Star Wars: A New Hope) by John Williams




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