It amazes me that there were people driving without their lights on this morning. #justdiealready

It amazes me that there were people driving without their lights on this morning. #justdiealready

Noir

"Noir" is the title track from the album Noir. The album is a collection of instrumental tracks that, as a whole are inspired by film thrillers, serial killers and general darkness.

The title track to the album was originally called “Megabitch” and was inspired by the grind house tribute film Planet Terror. It has evolved since and whilst it’s not the ultimate descriptive track on the album that is the shining example of what I’ve tried to create, it stills envelops an atmosphere and almost feels like a theme to a film than anything else. The trumpet parts were used to create that sense of a police chase or the red and blue lights flashing over a crime scene - maybe set in the 70s. The heavy, loud exhaling sound near the end was added for the idea of a murdered or tortured woman. The more I listen to it, the more it reminds me of Sin City. The music was made and despite already having seen Sin City, I didn’t really link them together. Now though, having watched the film again recently, I feel as though it really works - almost like trailer music.

Album available for free download via SoundCloud (MP3) or BandCamp (Multiple Choice Format):

https://soundcloud.com/sbanthorpe/sets/noir

http://neverlight.bandcamp.com

Pigs

"Pigs" is a track from the album Noir. Noir is a collection of instrumental tracks that, as a whole are inspired by film thrillers, serial killers and general darkness.

Pigs is all about dirty cops. Problem is it’s not really meant for this album. It’s an odd one. Doesn’t sound like it belongs and it doesn’t. It’s a track I made, a track I like so I thought, just bung it in. It is a total homage to the Dirty Harry films, particularly the first two and it’s greatest imagery inspiration comes from the typical 70s pimp that one way or another always seemed to pop up in a scene or two. The killer in the first Dirty Harry film still scares the shit out of me and is great inspiration for the rest of the albums mood.

Album available for free download via SoundCloud (MP3) or BandCamp (Multiple Choice Format):

https://soundcloud.com/sbanthorpe/sets/noir

http://neverlight.bandcamp.com

City Of Chaos

"City of Chaos" is a track from the album Noir. Noir is a collection of instrumental tracks that, as a whole are inspired by film thrillers, serial killers and general darkness.

This track is probably the most descriptive in terms of the direction I wanted to take and is heavily inspired by the imagery, characters and themes in the film “Se7en”. But the same could be said for “Close To Life” and title track “Noir”.

Album available for free download via SoundCloud (MP3) or BandCamp (Multiple Choice Format):

https://soundcloud.com/sbanthorpe/sets/noir

http://neverlight.bandcamp.com

Noir, by Never Light

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"Noir" is a sort of follow up to "Into The Infinite Darkness". Another soundtrack to a film not written or made. This time however, it’s not about space or inspiration coming from science fiction films or characters but rather from classic thrillers and serial killers. And whilst much of what has inspired the album comes from films, that themselves have great soundtracks, this is inspired more by the characters, the settings, the theories and the alternative life led by many today and throughout the past. It’s safe to say that the films "Se7en" and "Sin City" are a huge inspiration for much of the music here and for my wanting to some day write my own thriller screenplay. The look of Se7en in terms of its setting - everything’s just incredibly grim and run down and unsafe feeling. Then there’s the characters, the detectives, a rookie who hasn’t been on a serial killer case before and the street-wise retiree who knows all too much of the mythology, the game and the practice that fuels such an instinct as planned murder. Even knowing so much about such things is creepy in its own way despite the character being the "good guy". Lastly the killer. Absolutely determined to the last to meet his task and to finish his masterpiece of death. Everything about that film is striking and unnerving - amazing. Sin City on the other hand, coming from a graphic novel has a completely different presentation as one would expect. It’s all about the characters, each one a kind of anti-hero, my most liked of heroes, and their individual stories that centre around a very bizarre, surreal and creepy city. The look obviously inspires as well but it’s the raw energy from the larger-than-life characters that totally make the film. Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis dominate as their characters, both obsessive and both 100% determined to finish what they start. But then there are other films (amongst many) such as Dirty Harry where the killer is a complete psycho and you can’t help but be totally afraid of him. You’ve also, almost always, got the underground sleazy world of prostitution that the detectives seem to find their way into investigating during some dark, neon lit scene. To add to the mix and not at all be categorised in the same way as prostitution is the old school 1940s/50s pinup girls. I really like how young people embrace the vintage generation, rockabilly and burlesque dancing. In fact just the look of Johnny Cash - the black suit and black & white photography that still seems to be cropping up today could easily be another inspiration found in this album - just the look of the man though, not his music, I will never reach that type of legendary status. Today though, reliving the vintage generation, people do it mainly for fun and as a sort of tribute to the stars of yesteryear but back in the day it was dingy, dirty and dangerous for women to be burlesque dancers and pinups. Although not at all associated with burlesque dancing or pinups (for what I can remember), Zodiac (another Fincher film) again, has that grim look on life again but not through the setting, but more that back in the 70s (and even today still) we’re very much oblivious to our insecurity and maybe too kind to strangers. I think that’s what this album describes more than anything is the insecurity of women against men and not so much the good versus bad. Because what adds on to the insecurity of life is the setting of which you find yourself placed, the type of work you do and the people you know. Probably the most descriptive track of this type of scenario - of an insecure world is "City Of Chaos". Most of the less "thumpy" tracks on the album are the ones that are much associated with the "noir thriller" vision. 

The best way to understand this album would probably be to watch a serial killer documentary or a classic film thriller then listen to this and let all the imagery you’ve just experienced, move your darkest thoughts with the music.

Hobbit 2: Desolation Of Smeg… I mean Smaug REVIEW

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Lots of people had said that this sequel was better than the first and part of me found it hard to believe and at the same time, quite possible. I didn’t like the first Hobbit very much - the shadowy influence and visuals of the Lord of the Rings trilogy were still very vibrant in my mind as well as the general filmmaking flow and techniques Jackson used. I didn’t care for the songs and some of the dwarves were a little more than annoying but then, in a way, it did have a beginning, middle and fairly satisfying ending despite it being the first part of a trilogy. So when the sequel came out and started getting rave reviews saying it was better than the first, I was intrigued but also reserved. Reserved, because it’s the difficult second film - the bridge between beginning and end meaning we’ve learnt briefly about the main characters in the first film but won’t get a conclusion to their future until the last film so where does this “middle” film take us? Well it is unfortunately abundantly clear that the studio responsible simply wanted to make money and saw a chance to… as is always the case with Hollywood studios now - let’s make everything a 12A and into a trilogy so we can make as much money as possible! The problem is, the Hobbit never needed to be 3 films long and the Desolation of Smaug the evidence of this. I vaguely remember Jackson saying originally that there was going to be just a single film (probably lasting 4 hours) but it soon crept up into a trilogy. Whether it was his idea or the execs doesn’t matter because the reputation of both are severely dangling and I fear that whilst this film is successful at the box office, the next one might have a dramatic fall in sales and profit and the reason why? Hobbit 2 is boring. It’s simply way too long and so much of what happens is clearly milked and drawn out so that more money can be made from a “trilogy” rather than just a double act of films. For the first time in ages, I almost fell asleep 3 times and would’ve done if it wasn’t for some uplifting action scenes but even those scenes would start off really well but be drawn out so long that my eyes would start to feel heavy once more. So many monologues. So many irrelevant scenes that have nothing to do with the overall story. Hardly any depth to characters or relationships made me not care, in the slightest, about any character on screen. Legolas seems evil and totally different to the character we see in Lord of the Rings - that might be explored in the next film I don’t know, I’ve not read the book since I was a child and can’t remember much about it. And don’t judge me on having not read the book in years and not remembering anything about it, I’m a filmmaker and I’m basing my views purely on the film. I think that is partly why I was bored as well - the same filmmaking techniques used in the LOTR’s trilogy are used here. A lot of the same design and feel is used over and over and whilst visually impressive in it’s own right and for newcomers, it just feels like I’ve seen it before. Some of the 3D is faked and obviously 2D images cut from the background to create a 3D effect - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m still left thinking that the story of the film is “the dwarves get to the mountain and find Smaug”… that’s it! 3 hours to show and explain that! I can’t remember and don’t quite understand what’s left for the final film but I seriously don’t care who lives and who dies because I feel like I don’t know any of the characters and strangely enough the characters I’m most interested in knowing more about are all the big bad orcs, not the dragon, not Bilbo, none of the dwarves, not Gandalf, not “Evil-Ryu” Legolas, not that Lost woman who plays the other Elf, not that bloke with the fish (Bared?), just the orcs! Part of me, at one point was rooting for the orcs to just kill everyone and let the film end! Critics giving this 4 or 5 stars - what film did you watch?! Maybe I actually did fall asleep and miss whatever it is that makes this film so apparently good? Yawn-fest-city. And let’s not even begin to talk about the ending or the horrendous end credits music. The next Hobbit film should have the working title of “Hobbit 3: Monologue City” and it will be slightly better than the first, stronger than the second but nowhere near as epic and Oscar worthy as Return Of The King because it just hasn’t got the “setup” or intrigue it needs.