Monday, January 27, 2020

Opera Sunday: Die Fledermaus (Strauss)


(My Live Twitter Stream Of The Opera)

What amounts to a long and drawn out practical joke played on a friend for a past transgression.  The libretto (dialog) can be painfully long at time, but the viewer has to keep in mind the target audience, which is Vienna in the 1800s.  The subject is actually quite risque and scandalous, but also comedic.  Hence, you get the feeling that you are watching a 150 year old episode of 'Friends" with a really good soundtrack.  

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Things Old Guys Do - Windows 3.1


Finally finished tweaking and testing the complete Window 3.1 environment, with Wordperfect / Lotus123 / Photoshop Suites as well as other software.  It appears to be pretty stable (as stable as Windows could be back then) and it is lightning fast.  The entire Windows environment runs under Linux, using the DOSBox interface.  

I have been amazed at how well the video and music play.  There is no skipping or buffering.  And, I am finally getting to try and finish a copy of Myst, which is absolutely AWESOME played through the surround sound stereo. 

Monday, January 20, 2020

For RePeats Sake: Beethoven - Symphony #4 & #5





TAKE AWAY: 

If you combine Karajan and Beethoven you are going to get some good music.  No surprise here.  Although the presentation is unique.  It is a live performance, but done in a studio with very intimate camera angles on the musicians and on the conductor.  I don't believe that the entire orchestra was ever present in one scene. 

Sunday Morning Opera: Arabella (Richard Strauss)


REVIEW:

Unexpected.  The classic operatic comedy of misdirection and missed cues leading to misunderstanding and final resolution.  Dramatic comedy for the masses back in the 1800s.  Inspiring music and singing with very good direction and camera work.  

My live stream review of the film as I watched it can be found below. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

For RePeats Sake: Miles Davis - MIles In Paris





TAKE AWAY: 


There is one glaring problem with this live performance by Miles Davis recorded in Paris, France.  It isn't long enough!  After 73 minutes of music and interviews, you come to the awful conclusion.  Which is, you don't know nearly as much about music and expression as Miles Davis did.  He was a bit eclectic, but talent would be an understatement. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

For RePeats Sake: Kitaro - The Light Of The Spirit





TAKE AWAY: 

Smooth jazz with a background of natural images of rain, surf, snow, etc.  Great for background music and calming visuals, but otherwise nothing really earth shattering or interesting here.  What was probably an innovative presentation back in the 1990, is more like visual elevator music today. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

If You Want To See Karma In Action



The Long And Sordid History Of My First Wife



This PowerPoint presentation speaks for itself.  

For further reading and documentation, see the following links: 


(her inmate number is 340845)