The Life of a Maestro

The Life of a MaestroJerry Goldsmith is a composer who has produced music for dozens of films such as Logan’s Runs, Planet of the Apes, Patton, Poltergeist, Alien, Basic Instinct, the Rambo films, and the Stark Trek movies. Jerry Goldsmith was born in 1929 and was introduced to the possibility of a music career when he started playing piano as a child. When Goldsmith was 13 he took piano lessons with well known pianist Jakob Gimpel and from that point on he became dedicated to a lifelong career in music.

Jerry Goldsmith’s Early Years

In the 1950s Goldsmith began his work at CBS as a typist and later in the network’s music section. It was during this time that he started writing music for shows such as CBS Radio Workshop, Frontier Gentleman and many other shows. Goldsmith also produced music scores for the program The Twilight Zone. After the 1960s Goldsmith left CBS in order to pursue greater opportunities and one of those big breaks was when he produced the score for the movie Planet of the Apes. In 1970 Goldsmith produced the music score for the movie Patton. During this time he started receiving Academy Award nominations for his music scores. For the music score for Planet of the Apes, Goldsmith got innovative by using what is known as echoplex, which is when a composer utilizes an orchestra to create beautiful sounds.

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Health Benefits of Classical Music

Health Benefits of Classical MusicDid you know that classical music has a neat effect on babies? You should put classical music on in the baby’s nursery as your baby sleeps, so that your baby will relax, because, according to a study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, classical music helps the baby maintain a  regular heart rate and he’s less agitated. In addition to this, classical music keeps the baby’s mood happy as he plays in the crib or relaxes. Other studies have shown that listening to classical music helps people recover from injuries and other illnesses.

Your Cognitive Skills Improve

Another health benefit of classical music is that it improves your cognitive skills and according to some studies that used Mozart’s music as an experiment, researchers concluded that when people listen to classical music are more likely to use the right and left sides of the brain, and this led to better memory among those persons.

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The Magic Flow of Music

The Magic Flow of MusicThere is something about music that affects your brain and productivity in a positive way. According to Dr. Amit Sood of the Mayo Clinic, listening to music while you work promotes the release of dopamine in the brain, and this leads to a pleasant feeling all over and less stress at work. In a study from researcher Dr. Teresa Lesiuk, she states that those who put music on, while working, tend to finish work more quickly than those who do not work while listening to music.  For some workers, listening to music while working makes the task or entire day go faster. And for other workers, music in the office helps them focus on the tasks.

Music Relaxes the Mind

When a stressed person listens to music, it relaxes the person’s mind and the stress goes away after a time. The kind of music you listen to may also be a factor in how well you relax, because, according to some medical studies, classical, jazz and other kinds of soft music will relieve stress in people and make the day go better for them.

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The Best Sounds for Getting Work Done

The Best Sounds for Getting Work DoneWith the right musical sound you can relax your mind, sharpen your focus and get rid of distractions so you can work on those things, which are important in your life. I’ve come up with some best soundtracks for your workspace that’ll keep your mind on the work and let you finish them effectively.

Productivity and music

While some are skeptical about music spurring you on to work, there are others who say listening to great works like Mozart’s will turn you into a genius. In fact there is a research coined as Mozart effect which points out that by listening to a particular type of music and in this instance, Amadeus Wolfgang’s classics, helps you to

  • Boost the reasoning capacity
  • Ability to think in the long term
  • Arrive at abstract answers to the logical problems

Though this cannot be completely proved I’d suggest that music in general produces at least some effectiveness in your work capacity. The University of Illinois has also corroborated on this theory saying that basic computing tasks were more productive and efficient, when hearing music. But everything in the end depends on how quiet or noisy your work atmosphere is. I turn to music, when I’m on my workout sessions with power racks. Visit Garage Gym Pro for more information regarding power racks.

Classical selection

Classics have a quality of timelessness which gives them a special attractiveness. Baroque classical has found to produce great mind boosting effects. For instance, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 and ‘Four Seasons’ of Vivaldi are quite effective. Better mood and enhanced productivity was found with this type of music.

You can try out other classics provided they are paced at the rate of 60 beats a minute, which is the rate at which the brain gets its most effective revs. When such a beat was played out to students in a reading class, a breezy and bright mind frame and better creativity was found. You can find some of the best classics online in sites like Wikipedia and Musopen.

Pop music

Well, so you are not a classical music fan, there is always something else that can bring the same effect. Pop tunes played in string quartet or in chamber music style also gives the same effect as the Quartet will dull off the sharp edges of the pop music and mutes the distracting lyrics.

Electronic or ambient music

Ambient music is basically a soft type that activates the brain at a subconscious level giving a neat replacement of pop music’s usual sharp and loud components. Some examples are chillout, downtempo, ambient house and also Intelligent Dance Music (IDM). I use electronic music for my training sessions – with power rack and hitting the punching bag, with sturdy boxing gloves, click to read more. The music was created to give a relaxing atmosphere for partiers and at the same time give them sufficient motivation and stimulation. Eno’s Music for Airports is good for serious studying and tasks which need deep concentration. Pandora, glitch or Ovals playlist are some sites that help you out here.

Other routes include colored noise that mutes out the noisy atmosphere of your workplace. The sound masking effect covers the distracting sounds with the soothing and less intrusive music. Rainy Café and Coffeetivity are good sites and Chatterblocker are good examples.

Benefits of Music While Working Out

Benefits of Music While Working OutIf you’ve ever been in a menial job, like packing boxes full of best athletic gloves for Cross Fitters in a warehouse or something else that’s just as monotonous, then you probably already know how much music can help in getting through the day. In an environment where the task you perform is the exact same 10 second series of actions for hours and hours, that little bit of variety can liven things up significantly. It’s just the same when working out, too. Exercise, even heavy exercise, can be made more tolerable and maybe even fun by introducing good music to the mix. It’s important to play something you like, mind.

To some, music is just a collection of instruments playing in conjunction, maybe with some singing over the instrumental part. That’s not exactly a bad definition of music, either. But music is a lot more complicated than it may seem, even to avid listeners and collectors. There are melodies, tones, sharps and flats, meters and more to consider when writing songs. And that’s before you get to the words or any other messages you want to try and work into the music.

This is one major reason so many songs seem to sound so good when you’re working out. Music and the underlying rhythms in music can make almost any task more enjoyable. You could read information to this effect all over the Internet, but the best way to test the validity of these statements is to try them out for yourself. The next time you’re lifting weights or getting in a Crossfit workout, make sure you’ve got some music playing. I know this last bit because I attend Crossfit myself, click here for more info about Crossfit gear I use for maximum output.

Especially in jobs which seem to have no set rhythm or patterns, the rhythm and beat found in music can literally help a person to establish a rhythm in their work. This doesn’t seem to work for everyone who turns on a radio or happens to hear a song playing, but you’ve probably seen it at work and outside of work, for that matter – I know I have. People will hear a song and their bodies will start to wiggle, their feet will tap, something like that. Those are idle ways that music manifests in a person, but while you’re laboring, you can count on music to help you make order when there is none.

These bits and pieces of what makes music have been known to effect listeners. Consider the speed of a piece – slow-moving songs might bring to mind an ambling bear, while more frenetic music evokes imagery like the frantic ride to the nearest doctor when a pregnant woman goes into labor. The same sort of principle at work here is at work when you are at work, listening to a favorite song that puts you in a good mood and increases your productivity. It seems kind of silly to not play music at work when you think of it like this, but there are still many businesses which disallow the practice.

Gladiator Soundtrack Review

Gladiator Soundtrack ReviewMovies on sports have a special appeal about them and mostly succeed at the box office. Gladiator released in 1992 is one such sports drama film that was talked about more for its stark boxing scenes. Starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., James Marshall, Robert Loggia and Brian Dennehy the film is about two teenagers who are forced into the world of underground boxing.

Trapped into playing the illegal game by their personal circumstances, the boys get pulled into the underworld politics and get exploited by their promoter. How the protagonist Tommy Riley (James Marshall) gets out of the underworld hell is told in an interesting and thrilling manner by Rowdy Herrington.

The boxing scenes in the movie still remain the most stunning and scorching aspect as well as one of the saving graces of the movie. The energy of the boxing ring and the smart moves interspersed liberally with blood curdling violence make the movie a memorable experience for those who like violence and gore. For boxing fans, this is surely a movie to watch. There is a trending boxing alternative – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you could look here to see popular bjj kimono and read review on combative sport fighting gear.

Though the film had quite a good run in the home video circuit, it was not much of a success on the big screen. The film on home video had original score by Brad Fiedel. But the Intrada 2013 version has a note that says the score is not by Brad Fiedel. Jerry Goldsmith was the original composer to have scored the sound track for the film. The bright, rocking and drum beat focused music of Jerry Goldsmith did not blend well with the tone of the film, which is more gritty and down to earth. This striking disparity clearly showed that Goldsmith’s score was not the right fit for the story line and ended in Goldsmith exiting and Brad Fiedel scoring music for the film.

The music alone does have its own high points. The theme used for the boxing scenes is quite brave and cheerful, a bit like Hoosiers, but it lacks the long lasting feel. Further the outdated sound mixing does not do much to the music. But this should be discounted as the movie was released during the early 1990s, when you did not have as much sound technology as you do today.

The best score I’d bank on is in the final scenes which spread about two cues. At this point the opening score should be mentioned. The score is on the funkier side and sounds a bit out of place for the main theme of the story. The most appealing score I like best in the movie is the saxophone blending with keyboard music that comes as a backdrop for the romantic scenes. Though the drum bests have a strong overtone drowning out the melody, which is natural since it is Goldsmith making the score. Though for Goldsmith fans the score is a treat in spite of being used in a discordant setup, others would find it certainly hard to take. A bit down on the scale as far as background score is concerned.

Planet of the Apes Soundtrack Review

Planet of the Apes Soundtrack ReviewThe recent release of Dawn of the Planet of Apes had me hankering for the original and first film of the movie series, The Planet of the Apes. Released in 1968, the film remains my hot favorite in the series. Released at a time when science fiction films were a rarity it had a big opening. Franklin J. Schaffner had done an excellent work on the film making it a huge box office hit and one of biggest grossers of the decade.

The film is about an astronaut whose space ship crashes on a strange planet well into the future. The planet is inhabited by apes that have the speech and intelligence that humans possess. While the apes dominate the planet, humans are reduced to mute and supplicant creatures harassed by the apes.

A great movie on apocalyptic earth, the way the characters are played out in the movie make it a must watch film. The techniques the apes use to inhabit the planet and make it more livable are some of the strong points in the film. The apes use sophisticated technologies to grow plants in post-apocalyptic earth, click to discover more about plants growing and learn more about these technologies.

Besides the amazing screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling, what I love about the film is its incredible sound track. Since it is an old movie, there are minimum two extant soundtrack records in CD. One is Project 3 release and the other is Intrada that has one additional track, ‘The hunt’.

The Project 3 version does not have proper recording and this can be seen more in the first track or the Main Title track. When the Intrada version was released later, the tapes had been worn out so much that the piano notes sound quite weak.  Both versions are short with the earlier on clocking 25:45 and the Intrada a bit longer at 31:06, mostly because of the added track.

Even if the pure form of the original sound track cannot be replicated as such, the music still scores highly. With a story that has taken the movie world by storm, the music keeps up the tempo quite robustly. The Avant-garde musical score is a big surprise for a movie made in the 1960s. Likened to the unconventional music compositions of Edgar Varese, the film has one of the best music score to be ever written for a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

Jerry Goldsmith the composer for the movie has used an unconventional orchestral blend that has bass slide whistle, tuned mixing bowls and cuika getting together to make some simply outstanding music. The cuika, which is a Brazilian instrument, sounds just like what an enthusiastic ape would.

Other innovative sounds that appeal to music fans include the way the horns were played with the mouthpieces placed backwards and blown into. The post processing recording done in an electronic method produces some really frightful and spooky music. All in all the entire sound track is tailor made for the story giving the movie extra boost. The rare and one of a kind soundtrack album is special as it can make a mark standing on its own. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, the track still keeps you spellbound.

Total Recall Soundtrack & Movie Overview

Total Recall Soundtrack OverviewArnold Schwarzenegger may be well known for the time he spent as Governor of California, but many young people today don’t realize he was also one of the biggest action movie stars of the 80s and 90s. He played many iconic roles, in many famous movies, like the Terminator series, Last Action Hero, True Lies and one of my favorites, Total Recall. That last one is a science fiction gem as far as I’m concerned, but the movie did get mixed reviews back when it came out.

Total Recall also had a great soundtrack, which is generally a rarity for action movies, both back then and even today. Jerry Goldsmith, the man behind the music, is a kind of legend in the soundtrack industry, having worked at making scores for several films for nearly 40 years of his life. That’s a long time to be doing any particular thing, but the fact that he spent so much time making movie music is an indicator that you, the viewer (or listener, more accurately) can expect a great soundtrack if you see his name.

Goldsmith’s talent is apparent, and the Total Recall soundtrack itself was right around 40 minutes in the original release of the movie. A deluxe edition of the soundtrack, released in 2000, nearly doubled the length of the soundtrack to a total of 74 minutes by adding cues cut out from the original soundtrack, which was shortened to weave seamlessly into the feature length film.

These days, electronica in music is amazingly common, but back around 1990, it was a big deal that Goldsmith was able to bring together live, orchestral sounds and mingle them with electronic elements to create music that was powerful and memorable, unique and interesting. This is apparent even from the beginning of the movie, where the opening track hits viewers with varied metal percussion that brings to mind the score from Anvil of Crom. This tune, incidentally, was a song from another popular Schwarzenegger movie, Conan.

Anyone who keeps up with Goldsmith knows that he’s done orchestral work for many other movies, like Gremlins 2. Fortunately, the super-cute piece he usually includes in his scores isn’t really present in Total Recall. The soundtrack is fast and furious at times, though it does die down to barely audible and suspenseful at other times. Also unlike some of Goldsmith’s other work, Total Recall’s soundtrack is dominated by the live instrumental work, while the electronic keyboards and other elements play a strictly supportive role, never stealing the show.

Total Recall is a movie about false memories being implanted in a person’s mind, which then make that person believe he’s done things he hasn’t. That kind of implant technology would require an enormous data space, but thanks to advanced data centers, which are always improving, there is a very real possibility that what was once a fictional concept in a movie from the 90s could become a very real occurrence.

I think it’s an interesting point to mention. Just imagine how much easier it would be to learn something, how much more quickly one could complete years of education if the information was just fed into their brain like in the movie. It’s fascinating.