Musings on Web Design & More

Greetings readers. I realize my posts have been few and far betwixt, and I attribute this to third year Media Theory courses. Even now I should be writing my extended critique on Smallville’s application and appropriation of television technical theory, but am taking a break to gaze at lines of CSS and HTML in an attempt to better understand the Visual Formatting Model (my current dominatrix). I have found that I quite enjoy design, and could even be “good” at it if I apply myself. I attribute this possibility to years of computer customization, especially time spent on MacThemes Forums. Maybe, if I may be so bold, I have developed a taste for it.

Of course, taste is little without talent, at least when it comes to production (you’re safe, appreciators and -philes). So, put simply – practice and trials are in order. I very much look forward to them.

This is my first, current, nascent project; a website based on less-than-cerebral music reviews. By this I imply not poorly conceived, badly written anecdotes, but rather reviews based on metaphorically sublingual descriptions of residual emotional content bequeathed by (hopefully) good music. We shall see.

It is far from finished. But, it will get there eventually. Feel free to leave criticism/huge heaps of praise.

As always, I hope life is treating you decently.

– Daft

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The Music of Golden Sun

I wanted to touch on this because, aside from the amazing environments, great story, and lovable characters, the music of Golden Sun is what makes it truly outstanding. Recently I came across a great YouTube video of a “Vale” remix, and the description was so perfect I had to post it here:

“The game is amazing enough on its own, but the soundtrack masterfully manages to weave the unique tale of Golden Sun in our minds without visual crutch, but beautiful melodies alone. When the synth kicks in, I can’t help but see Vale in all its magical and archaic splendor, its golden straw rooftops reflecting the sun’s brilliant rays.

I’m not aware of many, if any songs in the compendium of musical composition that captures the essence of such serenity and arcadia so perfectly. Sakuraba is, no holds barred, my favorite composer of all time.” –xRisingForcex

I honestly could not agree more. Songs like Aqua Rock, which aurally project the sense of water into our minds with such mystery and power, to songs like The Elemental Stars, which bespeak the magnificence of the cosmos in a simple melody, bring a kind of second sense to our experience of this series.

The Myth of Laerad would have this experience. In an ideal scenario, Sakuraba would fully orchestrate for it, along with a little collaboration with Joe Hisaishi. This is what I want for Golden Sun 3.

Here is a link to xRisingForcex‘s YouTube page, as well as the video I spoke of.

You know what would be awesome?

If Joe Hisaishi, composer for all of Studio Ghibli’s films and Hayao Miyazaki’s films, collaborated with Motoi Sakuraba (composer for Golden Sun, Tales games, Star Ocean, and more) on Golden Sun III.

IMAGINE

Pendulum’s New Album – In Silico

I just had to post this, since I am enjoying the album so much. The official release doesn’t come out until May 13th, but a single has been released, called Propane Nightmares. I guarantee that this song will be a major summer anthem; it’s already one of the top songs I’ve listened to this year.

Most of the other songs are just as incredible. “Mutiny” is like punk rock mixed with D&B, and it’s awesome. “The Other Side” is wicked, I’ll leave you to hear it to decide for yourself. “9000 Miles” is a really cool track with an acoustic guitar; great driving song that leaves you with that expansive feeling of freedom. “The Tempest” is f**kin’ EPIC, with guitars and amazing vocals; strong candidate for my favourite on this album. The other songs are amazing too! IN SILICO: look for it, next week!

A note, however: hardcore drum & bass fans will probably not like this. It’s a new sound, far from pure d+b.

But, I agree with this random guy on YouTube: “Great way to end an album. I love In Silico, it’s different from Hold Your Colour but its a good different. They are moving on from their roots and now exploring.”