Angel Wings

Wings of an Angel is an ambient composer from Israel.

This artist has released 539 (*) on the Bandcamp page. Most  albums are 4 to 5 tracks and around 20 to 30 minutes.  Album titles are long, meandering and sometimes amusing.

The main influence seems to be from Steve Roach, especially his “Structures from Silence” album with long unfolding sequences.

(*) As of 2020-10-12. I know as the artist contacted me.

 

Elio Varesse

 

Elio Varesse is an ambient composer from Spain. He has put out a lot of free albums on Bandcamp.

His music is described in series as:

BLUE – Brilliant. Luminous. Radiant. Shining. Refulgent. Effulgent. Open Spaces.

GREEN – Serene. Peaceful. Cool. Placid. Gentle. Quiet. Tranquil. Partly Cloudy.

BROWN – Melancholic. Wistful. Gloomy. Rainy. Very Cloudy. Somber. Moody. Weeping. Sorrowful.

WHITE – Flutes, Sine Waves and Birds.

But all of them comprise short (<10 minute) tracks with the feeling of a symphonic tone poem.

 

 

Sing

Sing is a 2016 American computer-animated musical comedy.

It was written and directed by Garth Jennings, co-directed by Christophe Lourdelet. The film is about a group of anthropomorphic animals that enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala who is trying to save his theater.

Some great singing actors here:

Plenty of fun and lots to enjoy. I was surprised at Seth McFarlane’s singing voice (if that is really him). It’s fairly predictable fare until half-way through when disaster strikes. From then on it’s a short but interesting way to wrap up a situation where there would have been winners and losers. In the end everyone wins !

AND it has Jennifer Saunders as Nana Noodleman, a singing sheep.

Dud Pen

Evil Guy #2

Pendleton Dudley (September 8, 1876 – December 10, 1966) was an American journalist and public relations executive. Once considered the “dean of public relations”, he is best known as the long-time outside publicity counsel to AT&T and as a founder of the predecessor organizations to the Public Relations Society of America and the Institute for Public Relations.

He was the father of the choreographer Jane Dudley and was the husband of the motorist Hermine Jahns.

Ivy Evil

Evil Guy #1

Ivy Ledbetter Lee (July 16, 1877 – November 9, 1934) was an American publicity expert and a founder of modern public relations.

Lee is best known for his public relations work with the Rockefeller family. His first major client was the Pennsylvania Railroad, followed by numerous major railroads such as the New York Central, the Baltimore and Ohio, and the Harriman lines such as the Union Pacific.

He established the Association of Railroad Executives, which included providing public relations services to the industry. Lee advised major industrial corporations, including steel, automobile, tobacco, meat packing, and rubber, as well as public utilities, banks, and even foreign governments

Lee pioneered the use of internal magazines to maintain employee morale, as well as management newsletters, stockholder reports, and news releases to the media.

Nazi Germany

Ed Bern

#1 Public Relations Enemy

Edward Louis Bernays November 22, 1891 − March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as “the father of public relations”.

Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life. He was the subject of a full length biography by Larry Tye called The Father of Spin (1999) and later an award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC by Adam Curtis called The Century of the Self.

This is the guy that ‘sold’ the Nazi solution of creating a stable state to the Americans in the 1920. He had no faith in humans, espousing the view that a ‘ruling elite’ should use propaganda techniques to  ‘manage’ the masses. An authoritarian to the core, he seems to have been the person who changed politicians view of people from citizens to consumers.

Bernays’ client, George W. Hill, president of the American Tobacco Company, had asked him: ‘How can we get women to smoke on the street. They’re smoking indoors. But, damn it, if they spend half the time outdoors and we can get ’em to smoke outdoors, we’ll damn near double our female market.

Bernays began to ponder. How best to employ the theories which had already proven so effective in his public relations campaigns: Gustave Le Bon’s principles of mass psychology, Wilfred Trotter’s herd instinct theses and, above all, the hidden drives of human beings that Sigmund Freud – Bernays’ ‘Uncle Sigi’ in Vienna – spoke about?

Bernays needed advice and consulted the psychiatrist A.A. Brill, who had been one of Freud’s pupils. ‘What’, he asked Brill, ‘is the psychological basis for a woman’s desire to smoke?’ ‘Cigarettes which are equated with men’, came the reply, ‘become torches of freedom.’ That was Bernays’ inspiration. His campaign? To get young feminists to light up cigarettes – torches of freedom – in public as an act of emancipation during New York’s Easter Parade. This, he believed, would make its way into the nation’s newspapers.

State Azure

State Azure is a music producer from the UK.

His works range from Psychedelic trip-hop to Berlin School and ambient.

Most notable is the 4 part Modular Works series:

And the two Streams albums, each with four one hour long tracks.

There are 16  albums on Bandcamp.

Magnificent

The Magnificent Seven is a 2016 American Western directed by Antoine Fuqua.

It is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name and also a remake of the 1954 film Seven Samurai.

The film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.

It was the final film of composer James Horner, who died the previous year after composing part of the score; his friend Simon Franglen completed the music.

Very simple story. Bad guy comes to town and offers to buy land for a cut price. Shoots a few people and leaves. Female protagonist (it’s a modern remake) hires vigilantes to defend the town.  Everyone turns up and war starts.

Well, this has all the tropes and clichés of the western. Have not seen the films this was based on, but it’s a revenge story made all the easier by a really nasty villain.

Most of the film is fun up to the big battle where all logic disappears. It’s a bit like a Tower Defense computer game, or ‘Home Alone’ for adults.

Nobody has heard of soap. And how everyone determined who was on which side became a bit of a mystery.

There seems to be an endless supply of bad guys. Good guys have instant kills, baddies miss. Then the Gatling gun comes out – he really should have lead with that !

This Gatling Gun is cleaner than the people !

At the end the woman turns up to finish the job.

Still, enjoyable for what it was; a bit of escapist entertainment.

 

Drak Noir

The Legend of Drak Noir
(Epic Fallacy #3)
by Michael James Ploof (2017)

In which the ‘heroes’ come to a tall mountain to throw a ring…
No that’s not it, they have to battle a Dragon from another dimension.

Still, the references from other stories and modern popular culture get piled and crowbarred into the story. It’s all very epic and fun. Then at the end you realize, what about the baby. Yeah, there is still an evil overlord to dispose in book four of what looked like a trilogy.