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Aleatoric: music in which
some element of the composition is left to chance or some primary
element of a composed work's realization is left to the
determination of its performer(s). (Wikipedia)
Diegetic Music: refers to the
function of the music within a work's theatrical narrative, with
particular relevance to the role of song. (Wikipedia)
A Magpie's Nest: an
created by a slightly mad, obsessive personality self taught in web
What are three shiny bits of
new knowledge or skills that Magpie collected solely from her
passion for the Lord of the Rings soundtrack?
My passion for this music has
taken me down paths I never dreamed of. I've learned new things.
I've corresponded with students, composers, teachers, and conductors
from places like Belgium, China, Australia, Croatia, Netherlands,
Germany and Finland. I've learned web design, how to rip sound files
from DVDs, and how to set up forums. I've listened to the music as I slept
and carefully, over and over again paying close attention to each
note or phrase. I am, by nature, a bit obsessive and I'm always
looking for a new thing to learn more about. But there's something
unique about this music. It has shaped who I am today, and where I
am going, and what I am doing.
Magpie Conversation Prompts:
I would like this final day to be
an open forum on any and all thoughts you wish to explore. Below are
my conversation prompts but if they don't suit you, this is
certainly the time to speak out in a way that does suit you.
Soundtracks in general: Did you pay attention to or
listen to movie soundtracks before LOTR? How about since? Has this changed
at all because of LOTR?
Howard Shore's work outside
LOTR: Have you listened to any of
Howard's other work? If so, before or after hearing LOTR? What did
you think of it?
The LOTR soundtracks: How
much do you listen to the LOTR soundtracks? How has your feelings
about the music changed over time? Do you remember your first
listen? If you were to 'rank' the three movies against each other,
by what criteria would you do it and how would you place them in
Your emotional reaction: What has the music meant to you?
How has it impacted your experience with the movies and/or the story
of the Lord of the Rings? If you haven't told us yet, what's your
favorite piece or use of music in The Two Towers? If you found
yourself at a party on a couch with Howard Shore, what would you
tell him or ask him?
Matters: I heard a statement awhile back
that kind of struck me, "I just want to matter." It made me think
about that word, 'matter'. The concept moves around in my head. It
seems to mean one thing and then slide right into a different
meaning. But... Does this music matter? Why does it matter? How does
it matter? Put on your favorite music from Lord of the Rings
and give that a chew. Can't wait to hear what you think.
The Road Goes Ever On.
It's been a pleasure.
...the love you take is equal to
the love you make