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Other Hobby-like Things I'm Doing in July

On 07/07/2019 at 09:40 PM by KnightDriver

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My other hobbies outside gaming are reading and music. I'm on a year long plan for both, each month having its own theme. I guess I'll break it down, for those who are interested. 

Reading in two parts: history and library classification (I work at a library. Plus, I'm book crazy). 

     History. July is 1960s month, even more appropriate because it's the 50th anniversay of the Apollo 11 moon landing. I'm reading Time/Life book's This Fabulous Century series, which gives a nice overview of the decade in every aspect from politics to pop culture. Then I follow that up with The Onion's This Dumb Century. It's even funnier read right after the real history. You get more of the jokes. 

     Library Classification. July is dewey decimal section 600 to 699. This is Technology, or Applied Sciences. It includes medicine & health, engineering, agriculture, home & family management, management & public relations, chemical engineering, manufacturing and construction. I'm most interested in recipe books, which is under home & family management. The 641s have the most books in my library, so many recipe books. I'm looking for a Mediterranean style recipe book. Many are out because it's popular, but I'm sure I'll find something. I've had enough of the nearly vegan cookbook I've been working out of. 


     Music follows my history reading, so I'm choosing something from the 60s. After doing musique concrete on Pandora for the 50s last month, I thought I'd stick to electronic stuff. I mean, I've heard so much great rock music from the decade already, why not go to something unusual. So, I'm choosing Walter Carlos, who put out his first album, Switched-On Bach, in 1968. He recorded Bach compositions on a very primative Moog synthesizer. It was an achievement at the time and drew the wrath of classical music fans. Ha! Good for Mr. Carlos. Those fans are snooty tarts. 

    Soon, Walter was Wendy, and that's how she's know today as Wendy Carlos. Most of her well known work is actually in the 70s and 80s and in soundtracks for films such as A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Tron. i don't care about all the music having to be in the 60s, I just want to hear some electronic music. 

In addition to Wendy Carlos on the Pandora station I created, I've been getting other artists like Jean-Michel Jarre, Brian Eno, Tomita, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Synergy. It's all great. I'm loving it. 



Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/08/2019 at 10:46 AM

I really like Wendy Carlos's work. Unfortunately, they don't have much of her music on Apple Music, which I subscribe to. I think they only have the soundtrack to the original Tron, which is kind of cool. But they don't have the Shining soundtrack, which is awesome. 


07/08/2019 at 02:31 PM

Pandora seems to play a lot of her stuff but some of it seems like low quality and with no album information. They haven't played anything from The Shining yet in my listening but they did play some Vangelis from the Blade Runner soundtrack. I wonder if Wendy Carlos is not letting them access all of her work. 

Have you seen the recent theater rerelease of The Shining? I saw a trailer about it a few weeks ago. I tried to listen closely to the sound because I've never really had the Shining soundtrack. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/08/2019 at 02:43 PM

She may have only done the opening credits. I Am pretty sure there’s is Bartok in that movie too because it’s on my playlist and I recognize it from the movie. 


07/08/2019 at 02:45 PM

F'n yeah, Bartok. Rockin' Bartok. Me like. 


07/08/2019 at 02:50 PM

I looked it up. Apparently, for licensing reasons, the LP soundtrack was withdrawn and never put on CD. So I now need that LP. Also, original music was made by Carlos for various parts of the film along with a bunch of licensed tracks. 

You know, I heard once in a music lecture series that the estate of Bartok's music is very tight about allowing licensing. The lecture series couldn't even play his music even though they talked about it at length and it was a very prestigous lecturer. I wonder if that was the issue. Darn them. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/08/2019 at 02:56 PM

Maybe... interesting it’s in the film. Can’t say no to Kubrick! 


07/11/2019 at 11:28 PM

I still haven't seen that period film he did, Barry Lyndon.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/12/2019 at 10:00 AM

it's great. Sad though. 


07/12/2019 at 08:17 PM

Interesting plot. I'll see it one day. 

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