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Fantasy => Other Media => Topic started by: Rolnikov on April 29, 2013, 01:28:15 PM

Title: What have you been listening to (continued)
Post by: Rolnikov on April 29, 2013, 01:28:15 PM
What music, audiobooks, podcasts etc have you been listening to lately?

I spent the last week at work listening to series one and two of Earthsearch, which I got from Audible years ago and had never listened to, after not really enjoying the first episode. I liked it a lot more as it went on, although the female characters were not great, a vague feeling that kind of crystallised while listening to the author interview at the end, which focused on happy memories of skimpily-dressed women at convention costume parades!

The story is about four kids who grow up on a generation starship, the only survivors of a meteor strike deliberately engineered by the shipboard computers, and their subsequent search for Earth, which isn't where you'd expect. Time dilation means they end up a million years in the future, which has interesting consequences when they encounter other humans, but the story doesn't acknowledge the effect that a million years would have on the English language, let alone human biology. It was all very exciting, though, the crew in constant danger from their own computers on one side and the rest of the universe on the other.
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Post by: Emma Audsley1 on April 30, 2013, 02:51:35 AM
I've been enjoying Sarah Pinborough's Breeding Ground. Great start so far, but it has one downside to it...the person reading it! She sounds like one of those automated voices you get when you ring the bank.
 Other than that I've really been enjoying Novum Initium, a fantastical album, brilliant artists on this one. :)
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Post by: joshua rainbird on May 13, 2013, 08:32:02 AM
nightwish, er ... nightwish ..., and some tarot ...

covers aside (which many bands do) their music seems to capture a "twilights of the god" ethos where the death of the world shouldn't be a frenetic final act of desperation but a time for a dignified reflection on the things that once mattered but soon will be forgotten. 

Here's their steampunkish vid that accompanied my favourite track the Islander:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2sd8UMUaIk   8)
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 14, 2013, 06:17:37 PM
I've been binging on The Scarifyers today. Good fun.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 15, 2013, 04:56:51 PM
I guess that should be "bingeing" in my post above. Looks weird, though.

I've been using the Tivo to record lots of sf, fantasy and horror from Radio 4 Xtra lately, and my work this week is the kind of thing that goes well with listening to the radio. So after The Scarifyers yesterday, today I listened to Nick Frost in The Sofa of Time, which was okay, though not as funny as Elvenquest.

Last night worked late listening to Kate Mulgrew's brilliant reading of Joe Hill's NOS4A2.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 25, 2013, 12:20:52 PM
Only just realised I could use iTunes to subscribe to and download podcasts, and as well as the fab stuff available from NPR (e.g. Pop Culture Happy Hour (http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510282)) and the BBC (e.g. Saturday Review (http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/sr/rss.xml)) I've really enjoyed the Coode Street podcast (http://jonathanstrahan.podbean.com/feed/) by Jonathan Strahan and Gary Wolfe. They spend a lot of it talking about fantasy and science fiction awards, so it's very much up my street.

Any other podcast recommendations would be very welcome.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 18, 2013, 12:30:07 AM
I didn't even know there was a third series of Journey into Space (there's no CD version of it) so finding The World in Peril on Audible was a lovely surprise. The pace of events is perhaps slow by modern standards, but that only seems to make it more dramatic.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on June 28, 2013, 10:46:13 PM
led zep's mothership, mika's life in cartoon motion and kate bush's the red shoes - always helps a brush hit the old canvas
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 08, 2013, 05:54:15 PM
I'm very much enjoying Reece Shearsmith's reading of Robert Aickman's The Unsettled Dust - my first taste of that author. And before that I was listening to the all-star production of World War Z: The Complete Edition, for review in Interzone, and that was very good too.
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 17, 2013, 12:10:04 PM
On holiday listened to some of Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks read by Mark Gatiss, who does a marvellous job. Think I have a Jon Pertwee version of that story somewhere, but I like this one better. It always seemed weird to hear the Doctor talk about himself in the third person.
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 14, 2013, 12:39:53 PM
In stitches today listening to Mark Kermode's Hatchet Job, which he reads himself (odd to hear him talking at a normal pace!). Excellent discussion of reviewing ethics, and the relationship between critics and creators, plus lots of funny anecdotes.

Really happy to discover that you can add notes to Audible books in the iPad app. Very handy for reviewers.
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Post by: Wayne Mook on October 22, 2013, 09:19:50 PM
Listening to some old US Crime like The Whisperer, Dragnet and Philip Marlowe, as well as Xfm and some Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs plus Grieg's  Peer Gynt.


Wayne.
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Post by: Charlsie on November 18, 2013, 02:48:37 PM
My listening this past week has switched back and forth between the new Arcade Fire album, Deltron 3030's new album and Kvelertak, as black metal has no place being that groovy.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on November 19, 2013, 09:42:40 AM
The new Polly Scattergood album, "Arrows", which isn't bad, but not as fragile or brilliant as her eponymous debut.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on December 08, 2013, 10:24:53 PM
skrillex - I'm probably getting too old for dubstep judging by the reaction I got in HMV when I asked about the album - I think the lass thought I should be listening to Richard Clayderman, instead - but he has a great vid, which is like a creepy horror movie that's worth having a butcher's at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXDgFwE13g
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on December 09, 2013, 12:18:30 PM
skrillex - I'm probably getting too old for dubstep judging by the reaction I got in HMV when I asked about the album - I think the lass thought I should be listening to Richard Clayderman, instead - but he has a great vid, which is like a creepy horror movie that's worth having a butcher's at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXDgFwE13g

It's sometimes a curse being of an age when people start expecting you to like Phil Collins.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on December 12, 2013, 01:16:29 PM
skrillex - I'm probably getting too old for dubstep judging by the reaction I got in HMV when I asked about the album - I think the lass thought I should be listening to Richard Clayderman, instead - but he has a great vid, which is like a creepy horror movie that's worth having a butcher's at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXDgFwE13g

It's sometimes a curse being of an age when people start expecting you to like Phil Collins.

indeed ... I would be truly doomed if I wished to listen to his stuff  :-X
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 20, 2014, 07:47:07 PM
Samit Basu's Turbulence, a superhero novel read by Ramon Tikaram. Odd to hear him do jolly and perky!
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 05, 2014, 04:38:49 PM
Took me a long time to hear about it, but I've quickly grown to love Welcome to Night Vale, a half-hour drama podcast available for free on iTunes, something like a cross between Lost and Eerie Indiana, all reported from the point of view of a radio presenter to whose programme you're listening. I really recommend it.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 10, 2015, 04:42:44 PM
I like Lost Themes, the new pseudo-soundtrack album by John Carpenter. Also enjoying The Adventure Zone, a roleplaying podcast from the Maximum Fun network, where a bunch of very funny guys play through a series of adventures. Reminds me how much fun I used to have roleplaying.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 16, 2015, 06:37:59 AM
Currently listening to the original Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I'd read all the books, listened to the Stephen Fry-narrated audiobook, watched the TV series and the film, but somehow never heard the original radio programme. My Audible tokens had been piling up and I got the first three series. My fourth token went to a real bargain, Elvenquest: The Journey So Far, including all of the first four series.
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Post by: Rolnikov on July 03, 2015, 05:13:34 PM
Today I've been listening to the second of the Brenda and Effie Mysteries, Bat Out of Hull. It's very good. Would make perfect Sunday night television.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 08, 2015, 11:18:02 AM
Monday Ain't Happening -

a local pop-punk band who remind me of the sounds I heard in my teens http://mondayainthappening.bandcamp.com/

Love their original material - especially Green Street - but they also do a mean cover of My Generation
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 12, 2016, 09:04:54 AM
Currently listening to the Audible adaptation of Tim Lebbon's Alien novel, Out of the Shadows. It's very well done, uses the audio medium very effectively, with comms cutting out when the aliens attack and things like that. Seems to be an alternate sequel to the first film, with Ripley being woken up by the crew of an orbital mining station.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on May 12, 2016, 12:35:17 PM
shuffling between three albums at the mo' when I'm doodling:

Michael Oldfield's - The Songs of Distant Earth
Vangelis's - 1492, conquest of paradise
the soundtrack from The Elder Scrolls Online

the latter was quite a surprise - it's very, very good - loads of choir, orchestration and nifty rumbles of timpani
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Post by: joshua rainbird on May 14, 2016, 08:15:04 PM
Electronica #2 by Jean Michel Jarre - quite a departure from his former fare, except perhaps the Slam, Gat and Decor remix album of Chronologie 4 ... I'm thoroughly enjoying it, needless to say

haven't heard #1 yet but that's on my playlist, too  8)
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Post by: Djibril on May 14, 2016, 11:01:37 PM
I've just discovered the music of Blackbriar (https://www.youtube.com/user/blackbriarmusic/), an alternative metal band about to bring out their first EP. The three songs available on Youtube are all arguably somewhere on the fantasy/horror spectrum (but then so is a lot of metal, I guess ;) ), but anyway, that's my excuse for mentioning them here…
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on October 22, 2016, 03:47:30 PM
Lots of Genesis.
Lots of Steve Hackett.

just in a bit of an English prog mood at the moment…
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Post by: joshua rainbird on October 25, 2016, 05:51:37 PM
Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface ... particularly like the Heavydirtysoul track

and
Craig David's new album Following My Intuition
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 17, 2017, 07:33:52 AM
Currently listening to the new podcast Reading Glasses ("a podcast designed to help you get more out of your literary experiences"). Only two episodes in, but it's good so far: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/reading-glasses

Also really enjoying The Adventure Zone, a very funny roleplaying podcast which is nearing the end of its epic campaign: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/adventure-zone