Almost 66 years ago, on August 4, Magnificent Obsession was released. A technicolor drama romantic film directed by Douglas Sirk starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The movie was originally based on the 1929’s novel Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas. It was one of four of his books that were eventually made into blockbuster motion pictures, the other three being The Robe, White Banners, and The Big Fisherman. While Magnificent Obsession had had a pretty successful run at the box office, it’s important to remember Frank Skinner’s magnificent score in the movie as well. The two-part orchestral rendition is sumptuously splendid on its own and is indisputably one of the finest from the composer. Listen. Advertisements
Underappreciated and undiscovered findings are the biggest offering of the streaming era. As we enter unflinchingly into the canton of Spring, Poemme’s Blooming Spring can be one of those spiffy findings. The 27-minute-long buoyant ambient project filled with glinting airs, water and birdsong is calm and both melancholic and ecstatic. From the Morning Sun’s otherworldly glimmer to Evening Wind’s arcane coruscation, Blooming Spring offers nothing but a gradual drone and minimalist masterpieces. Listen.
Almost 10 years ago, vaporwave memes took over the internet by storm. The first microgenre to be born and live its life entirely on the Internet. Thanks to its nostalgic and surrealist take on popular culture and entertainment that helped exteriorized the bygone-ingenuousness. But writing about Vaporwave in 2020 is almost as unnecessary as carrying small changes for the phone booths. We don’t need to do that anymore because there are plenty of other things out there to do and talk about in 2020. Not that consumer capitalism is dead, it’s just we are trying to be satisfied with the status quo we are in right now. If everything I am saying sounds confusing to you, try this. Or this.. Vaporwave was originally created as a meme with an ambiguous and satirical take on globalization, runaway consumerism, manufactured nostalgia, and most importantly technoculture (the interactions between, and politics of, technology and culture). No other music has ever been directly associated with these aspects of the zeitgeist. And if it was the first time you heard …
Serge Gainsbourg wrote and composed la Javanaise originally for Juliette Gréco, and interpreted by both her and Serge Gainsbourg in 1963. The story behind the song goes: One summer evening in 1962, Gréco and Gainsbourg spent the evening listening to records and drinking champagne in the huge lounge at 33, rue de Verneuil. The next day, he sent her La Javanaise. The song has been used in many movies. From 1998s romantic comedy Dieu seul me voit (Only God Sees Me) to 2017s academy award wining romantic dark fantasy The Shape of Water and it has been as fascinating every single time.