Confessions of a researchaholic

March 1, 2016

What if General Skywalker never becomes Darth Vader

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:35 am
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Fortunately for us, he did.

July 28, 2013

The matrix concert

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 1:54 pm
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I went to the Matrix in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Don Davis, who is also the composer for the Matrix trilogy.

Basically, what they did is to play the first matrix movie with music accompanied by the orchestra.
I enjoyed the show for a variety of reasons: I am a fan of the original movies, the visual setup (black dressing + green lighting) is fitting, and the music integrates seamlessly with the movie.

The most interesting aspect is that the music adds (yet) another layer of performance + reality, over the original movie, which is already layered. The music starts with the opening scenes and ends after the end credits. So the entire show starts before the movie starts and ends after the movie ends. In a movie theater, most audience would walk out during the end credits, but we should sit through this one. (It was very funny to see a few folks who left during the end credits.)

What has not changed is that I want to be agent Smith if I can choose to become one of the characters.
🙂

February 28, 2013

Van Cliburn, Cold War Musical Envoy, Dies at 78

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:24 pm
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From Donald Mitchell:

“Fifty-five years ago, one of the first Americans to go to Russia in decades showed up to play one of the most notoriously difficult piano pieces ever composed, at the first Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. The competition had been created to show Soviet cultural superiority. The 6’4” handsome & humble Texan nailed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Even judges stood during the 8-minute standing ovation following the (and there were other competitors to follow). Cliburn went on to win the competition.”

Van Cliburn died yesterday. Here is the full video of the 1958 concert.

Also see this this nytimes piece.

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