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Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2012-12-06 09:05

A weak plot, dull direction and good acting make this this French movie a real mixed bag. However, it is about music and classical music at that and I can overlook even Godzilla-sized issues for its sake. It is also a comedy and there are some moments of note. But all the whole, it really isn't all that funny.

Don't expect much out of this one and just enjoy it for the music.

Wise Man's Fear, The (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two)

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2012-09-17 23:16

The Wise Man's Fear is the sequel to Patrick Rothfuss' enjoyable The Name of the Wind, and it's a good 'un. While the flaws notes in the first book are still present in this work, the plot and flow are far smoother. But what makes the difference in book two is the level of imagination which, in some places, is absolutely riveting. The world of the Fae and the Ademre is just the kind of thing I like to soak my brain in.

Nodame Cantabile - Paris Hen

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2012-09-13 09:29

I've been a huge fan of Nodame Cantabile ever since it was released. I've watched the live-action series, read the manga and also watched series one of the anime. This review deals with the anime sequel, dubbed "Nodame Cantabile: Paris Hen", which deals with Nodame and Chiaki's stay in Paris.

You should probably not be reading further if you are yet to see the first series.

Name of the Wind, The (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One)

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2012-09-12 12:59

Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind is a pretty entertaining fantasy novel. It has all the usual ingredients for success: a young boy-hero gifted in magic, a quick thinker, and a general rags-to-riches storyline. Add in a school/university setting and more underdog-ness, and you wonder if the author made up a list of attributes in best-selling fantasy novels and decided to blend them all in for a sure-fire milkshake of success. There is also more than a little bit of Le Guin's Earthsea universe sprinkled throughout Rothfuss' effort.

Sakamichi no Apollon: Kids on the Slope

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2012-09-02 12:48

So, thanks to a lot of hype, I ... acquired this anime and watched it all in a couple of sittings. I'm a real sucker for anything that revolves around music and the fact that this is directed by Watanabe Shinichirō (director of Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, etc., who is known for blending music in really well) with music taken care of by Kanno Yōko (who is a bloody legend), is about as big a recommendation as any anime can get.


Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2012-08-15 20:40

Pianomania is an interesting peek into the life of Stephan Knüpfer, a piano tuner working for Steinway as he tries to keep a bunch of concert pianists such as Lang Lang, Brendel, and Ainard happy. It's fun to get a behind-the-doors look into how pianos are set up, transported, and tuned. There are also a couple of laughs here and there. It would have been nice to get a little more technical and also hear some more music. It appears that I'll have to watch "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037" to get my wish.

Shifting the pitch (and tempo) of music rather than retuning your guitar

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2012-05-12 14:12

If you, like me, enjoy playing on your guitar to music from your PC, you will share my annoyance at the fact that bands often tune up or down a step or so for different songs. While it might be simple enough to tune your guitar up and down as and when necessary, I think that everybody will agree that it's a bit of a pain. Here's a solution for people like me who tend to have, well, an indolent approach to their guitar.

SotD: Paul McCartney - Wanderlust

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2011-09-02 01:32

I've always felt that Paul McCartney in his post-Beatles career, never quite lived up to (my) expectations. He certainly had hordes of fans. But Lennon had more and understandably so, seeing as to how his music was more hit than miss. That said, he certainly had his moments and in the song Wanderlust, the moment is quite mesmerising.


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