Further Musical Musings

Still a fan favorite.

Still a fan favorite.

The first three are stranger pieces. If you’re not in the mood for anything weird, skip directly to number four.

  1. Laguna Indigo, by Liquid Mind.
    This will probably put you to sleep, but if that’s your intention. Something like scientific discovery.
  2. Russia, by Magna Canta.
    Gregorian hymns, turned into techno!
  3. Source #2, by Jerry Goldsmith.
    80s sci fi music awwww yeaaaaaaaaah…
  4. I Am Legend – Main Theme, by James Newton Howard.
    I Am Legend was both good and bad. The downside was that they took the original story and tossed it under a speeding bus. The good was Will Smith‘s acting, given that the movie was basically a one man show.
  5. Sunshine – What Do You See, by John Murphy & Underworld.
    I think the word for this is, ‘illumination.’ Never heard of Sunshine though.
  6. The Illusionist – Orange Tree, by Philip Glass.
    I found this one while scrounging fan favorite lists. Pretty damn magical piece from the movie that has earned a spot on my playlist.
  7. Letters From Iwo Jima – Theme, by Kyle Eastwood.
    A piano heavy piece with a lot of sorrow somewhere in it, yet without slowing down. It mixes military band music in it, especially towards the end. Never saw the movie however.
  8. Neon Genesis Evangelion – Thanatos, by Masamichi Amano.
    Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most rewarding anime shows for people to watch, if they can get over the fact that it looks like a cartoon. The soundtrack is eclectic and although you will not find it suitable for everything, a few pieces will probably fit your purposes.
  9. Eight Warriors of the Demon Clan, Ninja Scroll OST.
    I recently watched Ninja Scroll against for the first time in ages. Sadly, it was better in my memories than on the screen. The movie’s plot was still amazing as was the art, but I forgot how lackluster the animation was compared to today. That, and I watched it dubbed which is always heart tearing bad. On the bright side, I never noticed the amazing soundtrack until now.
  10. Carmina Burana – O Fortuna, by Carl Orff.
    This is one of those rare exceptions I make with the lyrics. The words are sung in Latin. But the song is powerful nonetheless.

Sexy Writing Time

ESRB Warning: Game contains life changing experience.

ESRB Warning: Game contains life changing experience. Viewer discretion is AWESOME!

Finished my draft of the summary for the short story submission window this September. I want to write one more story, then write a final version and the samples. I am very pleased with the plot, making it sophisticated for something so short. In fact, it startles me. In the past, my stories were so conservative, focusing on descriptions and character development like I had all the time in the world to write it. These days, I find myself stuffing my stories with more action and more plot, working character development into the details whenever I can.

Is there such a thing as too much story? I’ve asked that question before but never dived into it beyond a toe in the water. Some of the greatest works I’ve read, seen or played certainly did. Neon Genesis Evangelion was originally going to have two seasons minimum, but when it only got funds for one, the creators jam packed the first and only season with tons of story. The same is true of Xenogears, which was also likely influenced by Evangelion.

Man, Xenogears was pretty unbelievable. It’s hard to describe everything that occurs, but it dives into the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud and other psychologists, somehow weaving itself around the concept of religion. All of this on top of hefty sci fi themes and influences. Originally the developer wanted five games but only got the green light for one, so he went all out.

Anyway, I feel like the Warhammer 40k series definitely touches on similar themes from time to time. It hints it, particularly during the Horus Heresy series. Almost anything fully psychological has the capacity to become a very long story.

On the flip side, it’s too easy to try and stick too much story in a format you simply do not have time for. Spider-Man 3, like I mentioned before, had a similar problem. There was material for two exceptional films shoved into one flick, and as a result the overall idea suffered. It was too much. Too many villains to develop, too little time to find out “Why do you want Peter Parker dead?” And as a result, a lot of Spidey fans missed out on the chance to see Venom portrayed amazingly, the Sandman given his due and the Green Goblin story arc satisfactorily concluded.

But I’m going to gamble it a bit. I’d rather write a story that keeps a reader on the edge of their seat than a piece that is slow from beginning to end. I think it’s easier to cut away from too much than to try and add more to so little. Hence, when I write stories, I’m going to bet like a Texan. Big stakes, game changing stakes. There’s nothing to lose considering that the worst they can do is tell me no. So why not make it huge?

I say, go for broke.