Fate

From Ian Nathan’s Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth

If you put it in a script it would sound corny and contrived. No one would believe a word of it, but then so much of Jackson’s career has been decreed by what you would call fate.

Says Kamins, ‘It’s the big theme for him. He has always believed that fate was going to point him in the right direction.’ Jackson’s manager cannot think of a single conversation in all the time he has represented him where they have sat down and discussed what he should or shouldn’t do with his career. ‘Peter sort of functions by his own compass — that fate will deal him the right set of cards. And in this particular instance maybe more than any other, he was proven completely right.’

Blade Runner – Esper Edition

Elon Musk recently tweeted out a link to the “Esper Edition” of the Blade Runner soundtrack. I had listened to the original soundtrack before, but this was the first I’ve heard about the Esper Edition.

You can listen to it in its full glory below. I love how this edition incorporates bits of dialogue from the movie.

Also, I only just now realized that Demis Roussos performed vocals on the soundtrack (“Tales of the Future“). I had always wondered whose voice that was, although in retrospect the connection is obvious.

Here’s a taste of Demis Roussos’ discography:

While researching the connection between Blade Runner’s soundtrack and Roussos’ involvement in it, I came across this terrific write-up by Nick Soulsby:

The soundtrack to Blade Runner remains a singular achievement; a soundtrack that invoked the past and the future, that remained suspended like Shrodinger’s cat in a state of unresolved being, that plays ancestor to an impressive clutch of modern musical forms while simultaneously sounding like a product of the modern age, or the first fruit of music yet to come.

Synthwave Deep Dive

I’ve been obsessed with synthwave lately.

It all started when someone shared a link to “Hold” by Home. Before I knew it, I was in love. For the past few days, I’ve been delving into all kinds of synthwave and retrowave tracks.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

In fact, there are too many good ones to share, so I’ve created a Synthwave Playlist page, where I’ll post my favorites and update it with new tracks as I discover them.

Perfect listening for a long drive, working on your laptop deep into the night, or exploring mind-altering states.

Synthwave

I’ve been obsessed with synthwave lately.

It all started when someone shared a link to “Hold” by Home. Before I knew it, I was in love. For the past few days, I’ve been delving into all kinds of synthwave and retrowave tracks.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

In fact, there are too many good ones to share, so I’ve created a Synthwave Playlist page, where I’ll post my favorites and update it with new tracks as I discover them.

Perfect listening for a long drive, working on your laptop deep into the night, or exploring mind-altering states.