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I am listening to the CD I just burned for my first project, inlovewithnight's request for Fred, interpeted through music. I am going to toot my own here, mm'kay? TOOOT!

violethamster wanted me to post the play list and the whys so let's get started. (BTW: I am keeping a copy of all of the CDs if later on someone wants an additional CD to their booty.)


Theorems and Data:
1. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Liszt. If you aren't familiar with this song, maybe you'll remember Buggs Bunny in a tux playing this and hitting the high note with his ear? And the mouse comes out and finishes it for him? This is happy, mathematically based and fast paced. I like this for Fred in her Physics program, kicking ass and taking names. It all came so easily to her. Watch for the moment of faltering at the end and the foreshadowing thunder. :D
2. The Polonaise, Chopin. Again, if you don't know this by name, you may know the Monty Python song "Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England." It's set to this song. Again, fast, bouncy, math based. It stops abruptly at the end, which leads perfectly into the next song.

Opening the Portal to Pylea
3. Threnedy for the Victims of Hiroshima, Penderecki. This is a very esoteric and frightening bit of music. Penderecki survived Warsaw and wrote this for other survivors. There are 54 strings simulating planes, bombs and screaming. Aside from how it may read here, it's a powerful piece of music. Fred worried about Baby Connor going through a portal and described it as chaos and pulling and noise. This is perfect. This song will scare the pants off you.
4. Is There Anybody Out There? Pink Floyd. Come on.

Cave Wall Theorems
5. Punished for the Rest of Your Life, David Helfgott. If that name strikes you as familiar, they made a movie about him called Shine. He, too was a crazy, quiet genius. Poor little cow Fred.
6. Moments of Genius, David Helfgott. Don't you know that Fred came up with ways to channel water into her cave? Or practiced her Trigonometry by building elaborate Rube Goldberg contraptions to wake herself up/close the opening to her cave to keep her brain active?

Five Years of Sorrow
7. M62 Song, Doves. A moody, earthy song about wishing for a love that never comes.
A Hero Out Of Nowhere
8. Gloria, Vivaldi. You can practically hear the hooves as Angel makes his first appearance to our Winnifred. I picked this in a minor key, as it creates a bit of uncertainty in the middle of the piece (just like when they aren't sure if they will all make it out of Pylea).

Escape From Pylea
9. Flight of the Bumblebee, David Helfgott. If anyone out there knows anything about piano playing... I'll say this: he's faster than an action on a Steinway. If you know the mechanics of the piano, this tidbit should blow your mind. And the meaning is clear for this song choice, I would hope. :)

Adjusting to Life in the Hotel
10. The Rach 3, Rachmaninoff. This recording has some weirdness to it. First off, this is an incredibly complicated and overly sophisticated piece, especially for the piano. The pianist (David Helfgott) loses it in the middle (mentally) as the weight of the piece bears down on him. (I'll put it to you this way: the song features 8-note chords. You have only 5 fingers per hand. So... This guy is crazy.) Everything comes rushing back and ends in perfection at the end. I thought of Fred scribbling on the walls, waiting for Angel to come back to her. (And who thinks of The Yellow Wallpaper, a Victorian "ghost" tale, when you watch that scene? Just me?)
11.There Goes the Fear, Doves. This is one of the happy-makingest songs I know. Fred is finally venturing out, not only of her room, but with the "gang" and becoming more sure of herself back in our world.
12. Crazy, Patsy Cline. Homage to her Karaoke night, and also symbolizes her realizing she can't have Angel.

New Love/ Last Love
13. Brotha, Angie Stone. Aside from this being a SEXAY song about beautiful black men, well... Yeah. J. August Richards demands of me to climb and conquer that mountain of man-flesh. Damn.
14. Some Day My Prince Will Come, Dave Brubeck. But... it didn't work out. Killing a person can do that, you know? This particular recording is fantastic as a jazz piece, and I needed to bring the piano back full circle. You can NEVER go wrong with Dave Brubeck, imo. (Plus, I'm all nerdy about the piano = math, which suits our Winnifred Burkle.)
15. At Last, Etta James. Again, DAMN. This song would put ANYONE in the mood. I chose it for my Fred and Wes love. (Let's just forget about Knox, mm'kay?) Hopelessly romantic, and also a sorrow filled song of passion and obsession. [ETA]: two years later and I'm SICK of this song. But it's in the original playlist, so it stays.
Beauty Not Meant for This World
16. Agnus Dei, Samuel Barber. This is a vocal version of Adagio for Strings, one of the most heartbreaking songs I have ever heard. Little something about that song: it was the first song by an American composer played in Moscow, and the Moscovites were weeping in the aisles and demanded that it be played three more times. If you recognize the title, but cannot place the song, think of Willem Dafoe being shot down with his arms in the air towards the end of Platoon. I bawled like a slapped child when Fred died as Wes held her. I thought that deserved something powerful.

Can you tell I am having a good time with all of your requests????

Comments

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inlovewithnight
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oooooohhh. Can't wait for it to arrive. I'm not a classical music buff, but this sounds fascinating. Thanks so much for coming up with this brilliant project. It's making me ponder many "character soundtracks." :)
stoney321
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
Somethings coming that was made just for you!!!
My hope is, if you like the music of Buffy and Angel, you'll like this. Most pieces (except 3) are things you'll go "OHHH!" when you hear it, and in context, you'll nod at the Fred references.

I want someone to request Wesley. Have a bunch of things banging around in my head for him...

I'm assuming that your mailing address on the postcard is the same I should mail this to? You should get it by Friday or Saturday...
reremouse
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Somethings coming that was made just for you!!!
Damn, you gave me shivers reading that track list. That is Fred. And hey, I could change my request to Wesley. ;-) Wouldn't mind a Wesley CD at all.

This project is so neat.
stoney321
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
i love that theme even more!!
Okay, you are now Wesley. Funny thing? I won't have to start completely over. I mean... Justine bound and gagged in the closet? Gun shot to worker who complained about the Winnifred Burkle case?

I'm glad these are sounding good so far... Midnight is next. I'm trying to get out one a day, minimum.
reremouse
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: i love that theme even more!!
I was thinking that. LOL. Wesley is only the poster child for sanity for about 5 minutes in Season 2.

I want to write something for you for making these CDs. What would you like written? Any slash pairing I do. Any rating. It's yours. Give me as much or as little freedom with it as you want.
stoney321
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: i love that theme even more!!
Ooooh!!!

Ummm... Stripper!Verse. (Wes... It's a theme.) I want Spike/William to pick up a 100 dollar bill without using hands, feet, or mouth. Is it from Wes? Is it from a stranger? If this is too odd, or not working for you, I'm, like, the easiest person to please.

I write Wee!Spike, for god's sake.
reremouse
Nov. 3rd, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: i love that theme even more!!
I'll take that challenge! I'm not going to have him pick it up the most obvious way either. I'll get started on it as soon as the psychic!verse installment is finished.
likeadeuce
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Somethings coming that was made just for you!!!
wow, I must have missed that you were doing this project (probably during one of my fake-hiatuses). but I'm not going to request Wesley. I hate Wesley and he is very boring.

Oh wait -- no! I'm freaking obsessed with Wesley! any way that I can piggyback on reremouse's request? Though a Spuffy mix wouldn't suck, either.
stoney321
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Somethings coming that was made just for you!!!
I was wondering where you've been... *sniff*

The project was this: you come up with a one word theme, and I create a CD based on my interpretation of that theme. Only one person picked a name (Fred) and I LOVED the idea. Reremouse asked to change her selection of "insanity" to Wes (and let's be honest: not a far stretch). If you want to stick with Wes, that just means you'll get yours faster. If you would like to make a request for something unique, that's fine, too.

This has turned into the best project I have ever taken on.
likeadeuce
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Somethings coming that was made just for you!!!
Wes mix sounds good to me! I love that you're using classical and instrumental pieces -- I never would have thought of that!

I thought the Shine guy was Helfgott?
stoney321
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Somethings coming that was made just for you!!!
Derp! It is. David Hirshfelder is the the conductor for the music on the movie, who's soundtrack I ripped the tracks from. And so, it labled him as artist, and I went along with the ride. Is corrected in liner notes...
inlovewithnight
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Somethings coming that was made just for you!!!
Yep, that's the address. And the person below was absolutely 100% right: you deserve many good things in return! So ask and you shall recieve. :) Fic or essay or if you want me to make a laborious attempt at a CD, though it'll be far more limited in scope...
violethamster
Nov. 4th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
Wow. That is amazing and epic. I actually got a little teary just reading the description. It's like a soundtrack for a movie in my head.

You do deserve many good things in return for doing such a lovely thing for all of us. If you can think of something you want, fic or otherwise, let me know.
stoney321
Nov. 4th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
You guys... you know? This is kind of my thanks to all my writing friends because you do a lot already.

I'm going to tell everyone that asks what they can do in return is to send me a Christmas card. I love getting Christmas cards. I am completely serious.

*imitates Willow's resolve face*
violethamster
Nov. 5th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
I would love to send you a Christmas card :)
silver_sihde
Nov. 4th, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
Wow. And wow again. You've nailed it to the wall. Since I know most of these pieces (YAY Dave Brubeck!) I'd say this compilation struck me like seeing Spike smoking on the cross. Kudos.
stoney321
Nov. 4th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
Holy shizzie, what a compliment! Thank you. When I am done with my assignments, I'll post requests for copies of any of the CDs I've made, if wanted. Keep an eye out and let me know if you will want a copy of "Fred."
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stoney321
Nov. 10th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC)
M62: Yes!! Everyone should own that album (The Last Broadcast, Doves) Tee hee! I love Christophe Beck. His original music is tremendous, and the way he puts it together is amazing. Everything but one instrument is all from his Kenwood Synthesizer. And he doesn't end up sounding like Ross' "Time" echo song.

I'm so glad you like it!! I clutch my leetle music babies to my boobies...
inlovewithnight
Nov. 26th, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC)
Review
Sorry it took me so long to do this! My mind is made of Swiss cheese.
I enjoy this CD immensely. I listen to "Threnedy" enough to make my roommates very very nervous; yes, it's a distressing song, but it's also fascinating. And it's perfect for the idea of a portal. "Is Anybody Out There?" also has just the right creepy vibe for its purpose.
All of the David Helfgott piano pieces are amazing. "The Rach 3" (and really the whole "Adjusting To Life In The Hotel" section) goes on repeat a lot.
And "Agnus Dei" is just too lovely.
Thanks again, Stoney! ::licks you::
ennuigrrl
Nov. 30th, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hey you! I am back and just wanted to say hey and see how you were doin!!!:)
stoney321
Nov. 30th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
hey back at you! Where ya been? All is well in Stoneyland. Making a batch of cookies right now.
ennuigrrl
Dec. 1st, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
send me cookies!
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