9/11/2016

Episode 14 - Don't take Troy's bucket!




Welcome to the NEXT GENERATION of Broken Chair Scores. We improved our audio setup and drastically altered our style of presentation. Also, we bring important lifestyle advice in the form of "The tale of Troy's bucket". As usual we present one film soundtrack and one game soundtrack. This time it's the soundtrack to the Microsoft game "Age of Mythology" written by Stephen Rippy and Kevin McMullan as well as the soundtrack to the "Ocean's #" trilogy composed/selected by David Holmes.


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6/20/2016

Episode 13




Broken Chair Scores Episode 13 aka we messed up. We are very sorry but unfortunately the microfone picked up some sonic interferences from one of the mobile phones which makes the audio quality of this episode even worse than the previous ones. So you might not even be able to listen via headphones because the stupid ziggiziggiziggi-sounds keep stabbing your eardrums. I swear they weren't audible when we recorded this. On the other hand, this episode has no 8 bit legacy scores in it so at least you get some kind of beeps and noises this way. (Making fun of my favorite stuff here. Don't know what's wrong with me.)
Anyway, we got one film soundtrack and one game soundtrack for you. This time it's the soundtrack to the Bethesda game "Wolfenstein - The New Order " written by Michael John Gordon as well as the soundtrack to the original video animation anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team" composed by Kohei Tanaka.


On a side note: Due to some stuff we enter a lengthy summer break situation. So don't await ep 14 too eagerly! (But actually you should. It's gonna be great.)
Enjoy!


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4/22/2016

Episode 12




In Broken Chair Scores episode 12 we dive into contemporary classical music with Michael Nymans Score to the film "A Zed and Two Noughts" by Peter Greenaway which reminds me of my favourite guy from this genre (Philip Glass) and thus already makes this a very special episode for me.
Then we do something even more cool in that we compare two versions of the same soundtrack. We dissect "Akumajou Densetsu" for the Famicom and "Castlevania 3" for the NES respectively (composed by Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto and Yoshinori Sasaki) with the Famicom version using the outstanding VRC6 chip (embedded into the cartridge as an addon to the systems' internal sound hardware!) instead of the NES' rather standard MMC5 chip. We listen to the (not so) subtle differences in the arrangements and have a lot of fun while doing so. And I hope you will have fun listening to it as well!



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3/02/2016

Episode 11




Broken Chair Scores Episode 11 is the first episode recorded in 2016. There was kind of a longish break in between the quiz episode and this one. Thus we take a long time to catch up and talk about all kinds of things. Sorry for the longer duration of the show. But then, if you listen to the show you probably like / can at least stand the discussions and off-topic speculations so you might even enjoy the longer running time. In this episode we talk about the soundtrack to the 2007 IO Interactive game "Hitman Blood Money" written by Jesper Kyd as well as the soundtrack to the 2001 Stephen Sommers film "The Mummy Returns" written by Alan Silvestri.



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2/06/2016

Episode 10 - The Quiz Part 2




Broken Chair Scores Episode 10 is THE QUIZ! We had to split it in two parts because SOMEONE needed to go to the toilet and thus there was a cut in the flow of the show anyway. This is part 2 and again I am not going to mention any of the tracks that are going to be played in the show since this would ruin the quiz-along experience for you! Instead you get the rules of the game that we basically stuck to. The pictures above show our super sophisticated audio setup (notice the 2 laptops and 2 sets of speakers to make sure that there is no cheating) as well as our bulletproof and comprehensible census system.

1. each host can choose from the 18 soundtracks presented so far
2. tracks that can be played are either ones which have already been played as well as others from the same album which sound similar to the stuff presented
3. the other person has to guess at least the album, bonus points can be earned by guessing track title and composer
4. we can chose from the stuff we played as well as from the material the other person played on the show
5. 5 tracks or 20 mins per person as usual BUT keep 2-3 backup tracks in the backpocket in case we choose the same stuff by accident
6. no access to any documents during the show besides THIS list and your tracklist
7. the tracklist may only contain the name of the track and the name of the album but NOT the name of the composer otherwise the bonus points for guessing the composer don’t make any sense


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2/05/2016

Episode 10 - The Quiz Part 1




Broken Chair Scores Episode 10 is THE QUIZ! We had to split it in two parts because SOMEONE needed to go to the toilet and thus there was a cut in the flow of the show anyway. So this is part 1 and obviously I am not going to mention any of the tracks that are going to be played in the show since this would ruin the quiz-along experience for you! Instead you get the rules of the game that we basically stuck to. The pictures above show our super sophisticated audio setup (notice the 2 laptops and 2 sets of speakers to make sure that there is no cheating) as well as our bulletproof and comprehensible census system.

1. each host can choose from the 18 soundtracks presented so far
2. tracks that can be played are either ones which have already been played as well as others from the same album which sound similar to the stuff presented
3. the other person has to guess at least the album, bonus points can be earned by guessing track title and composer
4. we can chose from the stuff we played as well as from the material the other person played on the show
5. 5 tracks or 20 mins per person as usual BUT keep 2-3 backup tracks in the backpocket in case we choose the same stuff by accident
6. no access to any documents during the show besides THIS list and your tracklist
7. the tracklist may only contain the name of the track and the name of the album but NOT the name of the composer otherwise the bonus points for guessing the composer don’t make any sense


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1/24/2016

Episode 9




Broken Chair Scores Episode 9 can be called a classic episode. We got all the main ingredients in there: Cleaning up the mess that we left unanswered in Episode 8. Talking way too long about the upcoming anniversary Episode 10. One film soundtrack. One game soundtrack. This time it's the soundtrack to the "Commandos" games written by Mateo Pascual as well as the soundtrack to the Tykwer/Wachowsky Film "Cloud Atlas" written by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil.


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11/07/2015

Episode 8




Broken Chair Scores Episode 8 is only 10 minutes longer than we planned it to be but this way you get two oldschoolers talk browsers, music streaming services and the fact that you can actually buy mp3-files legally. Further (and way more interestingly IMHO ) we review our favorite tracks from one film and one game soundtrack. In this episode we talk about the soundtrack to the 2013 Capcom game "Remember Me" written by Olivier Derivière as well as the soundtrack to the NBC television show "Quantum Leap" written by Mike Post and Velton Ray Bunch.


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8/27/2015

Episode 7




Broken Chair Scores Episode 7 is us paying tribute to the recently deceased James Horner. He was one of the three masters of my personal film music history (Jerry and John being the other two Js). He gave us so many awesome soundtracks. I'm actually really sad that he is no longer with us and there won't be new material. May he rest in peace. In this episode we talk about the soundtrack to the 1997 James Cameron film "Titanic" as well as the soundtrack to the 1995 Joe Johnston film "Jumanji". We chose Titanic because it is super well known and just a great example of James' potential when it gets emotional. I went for Jumanji because it was one of my first and most listened to soundtracks when I was a child so I have some very personal emotional bond to this score.


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Jumanji

Track 1, Prologue and Main Title, (3:42)

James goes all-in from the first minute. The track begins with some ghostly ambient wailing sounds which are like totally scary for sure. Then something drops on a piano and we are in full ethnic woodwind mode, accompanied by suspense-strings and later on followed by deep and dark sounding piano and string goo. Some trumpet stuff happens then pan flute players show up and rough up the place.
Cut.
Happy nineties twittering on a flute. Unbeatable. I see some layer walking happily through New York, buying a newspaper, whistling a tune, laughing with his favorite hot-dog salesperson. Soon, baddies follow him in a white van. (This is not related to what’s on the screen during this track by the way. Haven’t seen the film for ages.) Are you kidding me? All this happens in three minutes and all in my head just by listening to this opening track? Horner was a genius.

Track 3, Monkey Mayhem, (4:42)

So we ignore the beginning since until 1:32 we just hear somebody beating up half of the orchestra with a sledgehammer. Then there is elephants. Although the track title implies something along the line of monkeys, the thing I truly hear is some sort of elephant noise. Elephants in a circus spraying water on each other and making fun of the clowns. At min 2:07 one of the more recognisable themes joins the show. Ethnic flutes end the elephant parade at min 2:44. Then there is generic ambience until at min 3:30 some if the elephants go on some sort of self discovery trip to the middle east.

Track 6, The Hunter, (1:56)

This one is James basically saying “Sod off John! I can do me some Star Wars myself.”

Track 8, Alan Parish, (4:17)

In the beginning there is our elephants again. But they vanish as quickly as they appeared for some classic big ass melody moment at minute 1 or so. We’re talking Titanic style drama here. Then: small scale satisfaction with a dash of sadness. What kind of a guy is this Alan Parish? Has he had some dramatic past and is now eventually over it and can, like, hang out? Whatever it is, from min 3:44 onwards I want to cry a little since this is all so emotional and stuff. Damn Horner, you were good.

Track 9, Stampede, (2:12)

First half:
Stam.
Pede.
(BTW: did you notice the Jaws-esque double bass reduplication action that’s going on at min 0:30? And the buildup to the massive explosion at 0:42? Awesome.)
Second half:
Wait a second. Where has that stampede gone? And where did those clowns come from? Never mind. Sounds cool.

Track 13, End Titles, (5:56)

Yeah, I know, how could I have skipped the almost 12 minute masterpiece/suite thingy that is Track 12, “Jumanji” but then: I only have 20 minutes on the air of the show and I have to chose wisely to give a good representation of what the Hornman is capable of doing. So let’s talk “End Titles”. There they are again. The elephants have somewhat gained confidence again and invited the 12 monkeys along to join the show. Then after 0:48 seconds we hear the beautiful main theme again. This makes up for the overbearing elephant stuff. The melody is repeated on something that sounds like a bagpipe but isn’t (yeah, I know, I’m not that great with guessing instruments) and although Titanic is gonna happen two years later I can’t lose the feeling that Horner somewhat fell in love with this pseudo-Irish pipe kinda sound. After some less noisy parts there are people wailing at 4:30 until we reach the “scary-theme” at 5:00 again.
The whole thing ends on the wailing thingy which is weird cause it’s a Jurassic Park rip-off family film which surely did not end on some ghostly wailing sound leaving all the kids in the theater scared and confused. But that’s probably due to some ordering issues on the CD which I leave to the people of the FSM board to discuss and rant about.

7/12/2015

Episode 6




Broken Chair Scores Episode 6 is the best episode so far. Believe me. We deliver a concise and kind of bizarre one hour and thirty minutes of soundtrack goodness. As always we review our favorite tracks from one film and one game soundtrack. In this episode we talk about the soundtrack to the 1995 Sega game "Alien Soldier" written by Kazuo Hanzawa as well as the soundtrack to the 2003 Peter Weir Film "Master and Commander" written by Richard Tognetti, Iva Davies and Christopher Gordon.


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