Saturday, January 07, 2017

ep 22: special "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" podcast episode #3

00:00 Welcome, and intro to Cruel and Unusual Comedy -- 04:02 More Plots and Plotters -- 11:21 Ethnic Profiling: Stereotypically Speaking -- 19:47 Loco Motives: On the Wrong Track -- 27:52 Scared Silent -- 36:27 Hits of the Past -- 45:29 Working Girls.
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ep 21: special "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" podcast episode #2

00:00 Welcome, and intro to Cruel and Unusual Comedy -- 04:31 Westward Whoa -- 14:36 Love and War: Romantic Skirmishes -- 26:16 Family Jewels: Child Progeny -- 34:29 Wage Slaves and Working Stiffs -- 40:00 Slapstick Hash
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ep 20: special "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" podcast episode #1

00:00 welcome; intro to special "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" series and podcasts - 05:40 Plots and Plotters - 14:07 Chaplinitis - 26:15 Sports Injuries - 36:11 Arts Deprectiation. This episode contains chapter stops. (Your podcast player may or may not recognize these.)

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

coming in January 2017: 3 special episodes of the podcast

coming in January 2017: 3 special episodes of the podcast

This mini-episode is more of a trailer of sorts for three special podcast episodes that I will post simultaneously in the first half of January 2017.
In this 10-minute mini-podcast – first off, I recap some fall DVD releases and a couple that are on tap for spring of 2017. Then you'll hear about some orchestral score performances coming in February, as well as a "Director's Speed" screening of "Sunrise". Finally, the piece de resistance (if you'll pardon my French), some news about "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" at MoMA January 13-26 and the podcasted film notes by Steve Massa that I've produced as a companion guide. Thanks for listening!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

episode 19: a trip to Egypt?, Keaton and Lloyd in South Korea, prepping for a 1915 Swedish silent

episode 19: a trip to Egypt?, Keaton and Lloyd in South Korea, prepping for a 1915 Swedish silent

Welcome. I get lost en route to a gig whilst dealing with a snafu in overseas travel. Next, I talk about explaining the onscreen music credit (attributed to someone who is not me) to 3,000 people in Jecheon, South Korea.
Performance recording: accompanying "Steamboat Bill, Jr." starring Buster Keaton at the 12th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival.
I talk about preparing for and playing during two outdoor shows at JIMFF for huge crowds, outdoors by a lake, as well as my recent experience with the universality of silent film.
Performance recording: accompanying "The Freshman" starring Harold Lloyd at the 12th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival.
Preparing to accompany "Madame de Thebes", a 1915 Swedish silent film, at the 11th "Silent Film Days" festival in Tromsø, Norway; the challenges of a contemporary audience decoding the cinematic storytelling language of a 1915 drama, and in particular one with footage missing, and how creating a new score can help the film go over better.
DVD/BluRay recording: a few minutes of my score for Fritz Lang's "The Spiders", recorded using multi-tracked orchestral samples on the Kurzweil PC2 digital keyboard for a restoration just released on BluRay by Kino Lorber.
I share a brief rundown of my September shows, and some news about coming to L.A., and wrap up with a note about the "ripple effect" and filling empty seats. Thanks for listening!

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episode 19: a trip to Egypt?, Keaton and Lloyd in South Korea, prepping for a 1915 Swedish silent

episode 19: a trip to Egypt?, Keaton and Lloyd in South Korea, prepping for a 1915 Swedish silent

Welcome. I get lost en route to a gig whilst dealing with a snafu in overseas travel. Next, I talk about explaining the onscreen music credit (attributed to someone who is not me) to 3,000 people in Jecheon, South Korea.
Performance recording: accompanying "Steamboat Bill, Jr." starring Buster Keaton at the 12th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival.
I talk about preparing for and playing during two outdoor shows at JIMFF for huge crowds, outdoors by a lake, as well as my recent experience with the universality of silent film.
Performance recording: accompanying "The Freshman" starring Harold Lloyd at the 12th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival.
Preparing to accompany "Madame de Thebes", a 1915 Swedish silent film, at the 11th "Silent Film Days" festival in Tromsø, Norway; the challenges of a contemporary audience decoding the cinematic storytelling language of a 1915 drama, and in particular one with footage missing, and how creating a new score can help the film go over better.
DVD/BluRay recording: a few minutes of my score for Fritz Lang's "The Spiders", recorded using multi-tracked orchestral samples on the Kurzweil PC2 digital keyboard for a restoration just released on BluRay by Kino Lorber.
I share a brief rundown of my September shows, and some news about coming to L.A., and wrap up with a note about the "ripple effect" and filling empty seats. Thanks for listening!

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Monday, August 01, 2016

episode 18: scoring The Bride's Play, explaining the 1920s jokes, travel to South Korea and Norway

episode 18: scoring The Bride's Play, explaining the 1920s jokes, travel to South Korea and Norway

Welcome (back)! Long time no podcast, so I recap a few highlights from March-July. Such as: finishing a year of being Professor Model, releasing the "Found at Mostly Lost" DVD, et al.
Performance recording: accompanying "The Moth" starring Norma Talmadge at Mostly Lost 4 in 2015 on the Walker Digital Theatre Organ, at the Library of Congress.
A discussion of the unique situation of being able to play a live show of a rare film just before recording a score for it, in this case Marion Davies in "The Bride's Play". (Did you pledge to Ed Lorusso's Kickstarter for this project?)
Performance recording: accompanying Ozu's "Tokyo Chorus" at the Cinema Arts Center on theatre organ, using Paramount Organ Works' sample set via Hauptwerk.
My upcoming trip to play at a big festival in South Korea, plus news about an award from the American Theatre Organ Society. Then - a tip to presenters and accompanists about the merits of giving an audience cultural historical context for a silent film before a show.
Performance recording: a few minutes of a live score on piano for Laurel & Hardy in "Putting Pants on Philip" at the Silent Clowns Film Series.
Looking forward to my 11th time at the "Silent Film Days" festival in Tromsø Norway, plus fall plans to release a few DVDs and some news about the current Silent Clowns shows. We close with a call-to-arms about Audience Preservation and the fact that you can't wonder "why wasn't this advertised more?" Thanks for listening!

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