The film itself is a moving icon of the explosion of science fiction culture spawned by the advent of the atomic age. Herrmann pulled out all the stops with this score and in this YouTube posting from LostInTheTime's Channel we get to hear the isolated session tracks when they recorded those portions of the score which used the theremin. I don't know from this recording if it was Paul Shure or Samuel Hoffman performing with the instrument.
I adore Herrmann's film scores, across all genres; he literally changed the entire landscape of modern music through his cinematic works. I also love listening to raw tracks like these - one of the best, of course, is "The Carl Stalling Project", a collection of recordings for the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons, scored and conducted by Stalling.
And I love the theremin. My son made one from a kit with a cigar box case and we always enjoy cranking it up and scaring the neighbour's cat with our less-than-accurate renditions of Herrmann scores and other SF movie favourites.
The Stormtrooper Decanter is on back-order, but you can pre-order one from the next batch for £22 — it’s based on Andrew Ainsworth’s original movie helmet moulds from 1976, and will provide endless opportunities to point to lowball glasses and say things like “aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper drink?” (via Bonnie Burton)
Yahoo has released a machine-learning model called open_nsfw that is designed to distinguish not-safe-for-work images from worksafe ones. By tweaking the model and combining it with places-CNN, MIT’s scene-recognition model, Gabriel Goh created a bunch of machine-generated scenes that score high for both models — things that aren’t porn, but look porny.
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