Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera included the catchy tune called “’39“, about a group of space explorers who experience the effects of time dilation.
Listen to it below:
It’s hard to imagine the Doctor Who franchise being in dire straits, but that’s kinda what happened back in 1985 when the production was suspended for a year and it looked as if the show faced cancellation. But — for better or worse — the fans were having none of that!
In March of that year, a charity single was produced, written by the series’ unofficial continuity advisor Ian Levine and freelancer Fiachra Trench. That charity single — a sort of “Doctor’s Band-Aid” for the show — was “Doctor in Distress” but instead of featuring a “Who’s Who” of celebrities, it featured a “…Who?” list of celebrities. (The single was actually released under the artist name “Who Cares?”. Indeed…) To be fair, it did include four regulars from the TV series: Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), Nicola Bryant (companion Peri Brown), Nicholas Courtney (recurring character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) and Anthony Ainley (the Master). The most famous other names recognizable (at least to me) are band members from The Moody Blues and Ultravox. Oh, and now-famous composer Hans Zimmer supplied the music for this high-energy nightmare that tries to summarize the entirety of the Doctor’s history.
Here’s the video of the outcome. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
In case you’re looking for free stuff — And who isn’t? — have I go some news for you! Well, maybe not as much as your ears, but let’s face it, you’ve been neglecting your ears for years!
Anywho, SciFi Songster John Anealio has a 4-song Halloween E.P. that’s available for download. You can download for free…or you can listen for free first below and then do make John a happy SciFi Songster by naming your price and buying it.
Listen after the jump!
Some nice imagery here…
Here’s Animation Domination High-Def’s amusing musical tribute to Studio Ghibli, who recently announced that they may stop making films.
Award winning Composer & Pianist Sonya Belousova and Director Tom Grey bring the classic Japanese anime, Akira, to life
If you’ve already read through the currently running (6 days left!) Cosmic Story Bundle, the good folks as Story Bundle have 2 new eBook bundles to satisfy your hunger.
For those new to the idea, Story Bundle offers up a DRM-free set of eBooks for which you can name your price. They also allow you to give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity.
So what are the 2 new bundles? I’m glad you asked!
ABOUT ZAHATAR: The term “Zahatar” refers to a timeless spice blend from the Middle East. The band Zahatar brings modern spice to timeless tunes. Zahatar arranges all of its own music, pulling themes from the Celtic tradition, Chinese and Spanish folk melodies, bluegrass, pop/rock, film soundtracks, ragtime, the Classical era, and more. Zahatar is currently comprised of Christopher Grano on violin/fiddle, Sarah Hoskins on cello/djembe, Scott Stewart on viola, ‘Cille Lutsch on flute/pennywhistle, Emily Smith on pedal and Celtic harps, and Shilo Stroman on percussion. Zahatar is currently crowd funding an acoustic album based on the lyrics from Charles de Lint’s The Little Country. Follow them on their website, Facebook, and on Twitter as @zahatar.
Some might say that my love of music and my love of fantasy fiction are merely complementary, but for me, they are a singular passion. Stories told through music speak to all of us. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stated that music is the universal human language, while more than a hundred years later, Marilyn Manson would say that music is the strongest form of magic.
Music is a cornerstone of fantasy. The first songs told stories to explain the creation of the world, long before history benefitted from the written word, before the word “civilization” even existed. The human voice was the world’s first musical instrument; it required no tools to build. Music has always been a tradition of humankind, right along with storytelling.
The original Halo took the FPS console world by storm in November of 2001. Since then it’s spawned numerous sequels and generated hundreds of millions of dollars. But through it all, I still think the original theme music from the first game is the best. Here is the original in all its orchestral and choral glory.
This animated music video is part musical trubute, part fan video, and all coolness.
Come take a retro-futuristic journey in a cylindrical Rama-like world in this video directed by Joan Manuel Urquiaga Valdes…