Ozzie

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  1. So far T.I.M.E. and The End are my favorites. Both of these mashups have pretty much the same structure as the songs the vocals are taken from, which doesn't always work as well on other tracks of the album that do this (like the Wonderwall one). The tone reversal (The End happy and upbeat and YMCA the opposite) is also surprisingly effective, especially since it brings out another quality in the vocals, a certain kind of desperation in YMCA, for example. Actually, T.I.M.E. is sincerely moving. This review brought me to the album in the first place: Kinda wish there wasn't such a tonal whiplash right after. The material after T.I.M.E., save for the last track, doesn't capture my interest quite like everything before, so I guess the album could have used some trimming. I rarely listen to mashups, so I can't judge what the state of the art is in this genre, but I think overall this is a good album!
  2. https://problembaer.bandcamp.com/track/planeten-epilog The best and grandest album closer I've heard all year. Uplifting and prone to giving me goosebumps. Even better in context, of course. The album overall is one of the better ones in the German language, though it's rather inconsistent: the tracks where the artist tries to convey swag don't convince.
  3. Funky tune, biting lyrics, great video:
  4. Two days ago I performed together with my flatmate: Featured are a power drill, a razor, a tuning fork, a contrabass bow, 5 chocolate santas, a tangerine, and a pot plant. I play e-organ and sing among other things, my flatmate plays bass among other things. What we make can be called music, among other things. I guess it's kinda industrial/drone. The piece was prepared specifically for the occassion.
  5. Whoa, this surely is the greatest compliment I can imagine! Beats the previous greatest one I got, where someone told my that my performance made him fearful. Very unlikely that there will ever be another draft of the song. It's an improvisation, it all happened in the moment, and the piece is so linked to the moment, I don't think I could reproduce it. Hm, James is a character who is certainly laughable to me, but doesn't seem to be intended as such by the creators, at least that's how I perceive it. Wouldn't know the reasons. Though there certainly is also something amusing about the Just You and I scene, yes.
  6. Interesting thoughts! Kinda reminds me of how scenes by David Lynch that seem over the top and naive are often mistaken as being ironic instead of sincere (like Sarah Palmers breakdown in the pilot episode or the Just You number in the second episode of season two). That my voice wasn't particularly well trained when I made the recording should be obvious. Additionally though I didn't care much for musicality in the moment, more for personal catharsis. I did want to make a record of my emotions in a musical form, that's why it's not just purely cries and screams, but also includes piano playing and some buildup before all the ugly stuff comes out. I've uploaded now the other improvisation I think much of from the same evening. So now you have more stuff to listen that is like my previous upload. I think this one is the better one, calmer overall but also more extreme.
  7. I recorded this at a point in time when I was utterly heartbroken and in a whirlwind of emotions, but also experienced a heightened state of consciousness, an ability to see things clearly and sharply which I haven't reached before or since (no drugs were involved, promise). I recorded this specifically to let out all my emotions, but also to keep a record of them. I still think this and another improvisation from the same evening (which I may upload later) is the best thing I have made so far.
  8. Cross-post from here:
  9. I kinda forgot about this, but a few days ago I made a recording of me singing lyrics in German about the new Twin Peaks book to a German folk melody. Well... Here it is: The singing sounds strained because I didn't transpose the chords low enough before I scribbled them all down. At least I developed better intuition for the next time...
  10. Hello IdleThumbers! I just watched Egoyan's Exotica, which I watched many years ago on TV for the first time. It called to mind another movie I once saw late at night on TV and which I wish to see again. Problem is of course that I neither remember its name nor much about the plot either. I'll try my best to describe the movie. Hopefully someone will be able to recognize it based on my description. I remember that a car crash is involved. I remember that the movie jumps around in its chronology, and I think similarly to an Egoyan movie important details are revealed during the course of the movie to add up to a fully formed picture at the end. I remember that a good chunk of the movie plays in summer at a camping site. Visually there were big trees and somewhat pale sunrays. The central couple of the movie gets to know another couple. The central couple gets into an argument. The male protagonist played once in a band and there's an aerial shot where you see the band dressed in furs playing their instruments in the midst of nature, a barren Tundra. Yeah, this surely must have been an Eastern European movie. I don't think it was a Russian one. Maybe Czech, but I'm not sure. It might have been released in the 90s. I also remember a subplot where a male petrol attendant searches for a guy he once met and has a crush on through a local radio station. The searched for guy calls in then, talks sweetly and, if I remember correctly, the petrol attendant is ecstatic when he hears his voice again. That's honestly all I can give you. In terms of tone and pacing it had something of a Lynch movie with its slow scenes that take their time and establish a mood. Not a movie with a dense flow of conversations I would say. And like I said, in terms of dealing out information it reminded me of an Egoyan movie.
  11. Nightmarish! Thanks for the link, I guess.
  12. You missed the joke, man, you missed the joke!
  13. German is spoken much more softly than you might think from just watching the Daily Show. Deutsch wird weitaus weicher gesprochen, als man denken w├╝rde nur vom Daily Show Sehen.
  14. The series wasn't so much cancelled as it was completed. I don't think CKs pockets were deep enough to fund a multiple season spanning series. I think it's worth it watching further, I watched 7 episodes. The "not racist"-racist is ultimately a tragic character, though he also has the function of delivering some very inappropriate yet hilarious lines. I especially liked the third episode. It's interesting how the series plays with structure and length. I already have Mommy sitting on my hard drive! I'm not in a haste to get to it, but I'll definitely watch it. Ideally on a Friday, so I have the whole weekend to bathe in my own misery and am ready for work again afterwards.
  15. Well, I know a bit more to say now. Now it's...11 hours later and the movie still has an effect on me! Crazy...it has been some years since a movie, my favorite movie, had such an effect on me, though it didn't have such a disruptive one. Don't get me wrong, the movie has stuff that can be hard to take, but it ends on a conciliatory note. There are many aspects of the movie that are truthful and authentic. Like the dynamic the protagonist has with his mother, the dependency he has to her and the destructive power this wields on their relationship. The way he knows what he needs yet it is denied. The way they play their games with each other and really don't truly listen to each other anymore. As I learnt, the director/actor/writer was 16 when he wrote the autobiographical story and 19 when he directed it. And you can tell that it's a story told by someone who is still lucid about all these little details of interactions, of behaviours, who managed to reproduce them so accurately because he was still affected by the situation and consumed by it. The protagonist is depicted as very self-involved, whose mind is occupied by his pursuit for independence and of fixing the relationship with his mother. He puts all his energy and awareness into these personal issues. So he can be ignorant of the needs around him. This self-involvedeness, possession of extreme emotions and being very lucid about all the nuances of interaction reminds me of a phase I went through just a few months ago. And yes, of being absolutely incapable of fending for myself and being dependent on my parents. Oh, and yes, of coming out to my parents not by own choice. So, this movie accurately depicts a lot that I can find in my own past, and this is why it ruined me. Today I was around some elementary school kids (I'm an intern for two weeks), and I just couldn't handle them. Anyway, great movie!!! :tup: