Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Position Music has become my favorite kind

I LOVE POSITION MUSIC. This is music created by companies like Two Steps from Hell and Brand X exclusively for trailers and commercials. I purchased and downloaded Two Steps from Hell's "Invincible" on a whim because the cover caught my eye one day on Amazon, and it's still one of my all-time favorites. You can listen to this kind of dramatic score and let your imagination go, and to a writer or artist this is especially awesome.

According to the Wikipedia page, Two Steps from Hell was founded in 2006 by Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen, and they have since released three albums: "Invincible" in 2010, and both "Archangel" and "Illusions" in 2011, the latter of which was released under Bergersen's name rather than Two Steps from Hell. 

Future releases:

  • Demon's Dance (2012) [Compilation of unreleased music]
  • Halloween (2012)
  • SkyWorld (2012)
  • Sun (2013) [Thomas Bergersen album]

Jesper Kyd is another composer making grabs for playing time on my headphones. He’s the man behind the soundtracks to all the Assassin's Creed video games and recently released his own album called "Ultimatum," which is very likely my next purchase.

Gabriel Shadid and Thomas Marberger have forged a partnership that composes music under the Epic Score label, of which I own Epic Drama Vol. 1 "Intros & Underscores." At the time of this writing, Epic Score has around 15 releases.

Other companies from who I have yet to purchase, but plan to, are Brand X ("The Best of Brand X Music"), Audiomachine (both "Chronicles" and "Epica"), Jo Blankenburg ("Vendetta" sounds amazing from the Amazon previews and the uplifting "Elysium"), and The Immediate ("Trailerhead" and "Trailerhead: Saga").

Video games are also great resources for this style of music anymore. As mentioned, Jesper Kyd is probably my favorite at the moment, but I recently discovered that "Lord of the Rings" score composer Howard Shore entered the video game music market back in 2006. How did this slip by me for so long? It's called "Soul of the Ultimate Nation (Collector's Edition Vol. 2)" and if you lived the LOTR music, this should serve to tide you over until his "The Hobbit" soundtrack drops.

My to-buy list (in order of preference):

  • Ultimatum (2012) [Jesper Kyd]
  • Vendetta (2011) [Jo Blankenburg]
  • Soul of the Ultimate Nation (2006) [Howard Shore]
  • Elysium (2012) [Jo Blankenburg]
  • Epica (2011) [Audiomachine]
  • Chronicles (2012) [Audiomachine]
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations (2011) [Jesper Kyd]
  • The Best of Brand X Music (2012) [Brand X]
  • Trailerhead: Saga (2010) [The Immediate]
  • Trailerhead (2008) [The Immediate]

Intrigued by (need to preview some more):

  • Unearthed (2003) [E.S. Posthumus]
  • Cartographer: Piri Reis Remixes (2008) [E.S. Posthumus]
  • Rock Hybrid Trailers (2011) [Various; Gothic Storm]
  • Drummers of God - Percussion Trailers (2011) [Various; Gothic Storm]
  • Epic Choral Trailers (2011) [Various; Gothic Storm]

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Eight is Great

Thanks, gents. It’s been the most memorable season I can recall for Kentucky basketball in a long time, and I’m immensely stoked. Great job to all our guys and to Coach Cal. Awesome!


Kudos to Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks, too. Worthy adversaries!


Apologies for the lack of posts this year. I’ll eventually get my act together and revive this site. Promise.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Goodreads Reviews

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy 2012…and a poem

Swiped from The Poke. Their motto? “Time Well Wasted.” Permit me to concur. Also, if you do read this all the way through, I’ll remind you that gunwale is pronounced “gunnel.” Here’s to 2012!



If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité