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August 02, 2006

Persistent Disparate Interchange

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Justin Norman contacted me a few weeks ago. He and his brother Wesley were curious to see if they could creatively transform the Myst or Riven music into something very different from either Myst or Riven... using visuals.

Of course I told them to shove it up their collective asses.

And just when I was getting ready to call my hotshot lawyers and sue them for even considering such a thing, I settled down and suddenly warmed to the idea. I'm glad... because they ended up doing something that's just plain weirdly great. They decided on Catherine's Theme from Riven. I provided the music but their (very) short film is their concept and implementation.

Please watch!

And afterwords, stop by the brother's Shrieking Tree site.



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BLAST! I'm in a place where the computer has no speakers! Oh well... Catherine's Theme is my favorite track from Riven, I must say... beyond Ghen's personal music from his player on his office age....

Posted by: Adam Wilmer | Aug 2, 2006 7:33:37 PM

charming :)

Compliments to all

pK

Posted by: placeboKatz | Aug 3, 2006 7:33:12 AM

"Weirdly great" seems to describe it well.

So the end result was about telephone prices going down? Or was it too weird for me to properly interpret it?

Posted by: Joelson Carl | Aug 3, 2006 10:20:00 AM

Robyn, off topic I know, but thanks for letting us know about The Eraser by Thom Yorke (http://tinselman.typepad.com/tinselman/2006/05/the_eraser.html#comments)
Been listening to it all week, and loving it.

Interestingly, one of the political themes of the album is referred to on this wiki article . . .
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kelly#In_popular_culture

Posted by: other Mark | Aug 3, 2006 10:41:49 PM

Hmm... Weird... Kind of surreal. And yeah, the falling phone call prices? Maybe long distance?

When I was teenager (a million years ago) I took a piece of a silent film ("Orphans of the Storm") and put Depeche Mode to it though, I er... Well, I wasn't nice enough to ask permission. (Eeep.) It's up on my site now. It actually fit together so well...

There's a "found" art feel to mixing images with music, I think...

-Bonnie

Posted by: Bonnie Gardiner | Aug 3, 2006 11:31:26 PM

That is one lovely piece of music. It would make a McDonalds commercial seem mystical and haunting.

Posted by: Chris G | Aug 4, 2006 9:32:42 PM

Joelson Carl: It's interesting to hear all the different reactions to the video. Hopefully it's not too confusing / bizarre. We were aiming to make a brief piece of history about different uses of communication (friendly, military, etc.) as telephone use expanded (in relation to price). The events that correspond to the dollar amounts seemed like fitting material for the music. Of course, another big goal was to bring Robyn's compositions to a different audience, because I think the Riven and Myst soundtracks are great, and I still listen to them frequently after so many years have passed since their release. Anyway, I hope it's enjoyable, weird as it may be. Thanks to everyone who took the time to give it a viewing!

Posted by: Justin Norman | Aug 4, 2006 10:22:12 PM

Yeah... Wow. The soundtracks (particularly Riven) are certainly the biggest inspiration for my own music. I too listen to them very often. It's cool to see something new visually to go along with one of the tracks. I would love to see more...

-Bonnie

Posted by: Bonnie Gardiner | Aug 4, 2006 10:44:33 PM

Justin Norman:
Though I will still say it was "weird," it was nevertheless a very enjoyable piece of work (just to make sure you don't interpret me as possibly not liking it). The combination of the images with the music made for a very [insert appropriate adjective here] work.

Posted by: Joelson Carl | Aug 5, 2006 5:09:27 PM

Joelson Carl:
Thanks for the clarification! (I was hoping it wasn't strange in a flaky, "what the hell were they thinking?!" sort of way.) As a bonus, I can now insert the most glorious adjective of my choosing into your quote, and use all of the different variations I create as esteem boosters (one per day, taped lovingly to my mirror). I am thoroughly satisfied.

Posted by: Justin Norman | Aug 6, 2006 12:30:19 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBYN!


(sad hiroshima day, world)

Posted by: Mark | Aug 7, 2006 9:26:25 AM

That is good! Nice weblog too, Robyn. By the way, I am not entirely convinced you said that to them, or you were going to 'phone your lawyers at all, hehe :) How can someone who makes such beautiful music for their own creations say or do such things, eh? ;D

Kind regards,
Adam!

Posted by: Adam The Immortalist | Aug 17, 2006 4:17:26 AM

That is good! Nice weblog too, Robyn. By the way, I am not entirely convinced you said that to them, or you were going to 'phone your lawyers at all, hehe :) How can someone who makes such beautiful music for their own creations say or do such things, eh? ;D

Kind regards,
Adam!

Posted by: Adam The Immortalist | Aug 17, 2006 4:18:04 AM

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