Alien: The Archive

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Alien – The Archive

Titan Books – 2014
ISBN: 9781783291045
320 pages, $50.00

Titan Books has done it again.  They’ve created a beautiful, thoroughly engaging large size book that covers the entire Alien franchise.  This is first book dedicated to showing how Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection were made.

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You will be blown away with the all the sensational photographs, storyboards and other production artwork displaying how each of the films were made.  Titan takes you behind the scenes with comments made by various people who worked on each production.  You even get the scoop on film versions not shot (like Vincent Ward’s infamous abandoned version of Alien 3) and I found all of that beyond fascinating.

Sigourney Weaver writes a foreword about her involvement in the whole series and her relationships of working with Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.  She’s honest about how she felt about playing “Ellen Ripley”, saying she was is very much against guns and her concerns about each movie following the ground-breaking classic.

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I also loved reading the thoughts from the visual effects artists who brought the late H.R. Giger’s surrealistic artistry to life and hearing from the Swiss artist himself.  I had never seen most of the photos contained, which in itself is worth the price of this book alone.

This is not a text heavy book but features just enough details scattered amongst stunning pictures & art that tell the story beyond words.

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With the holidays fast approaching, I’d get Alien – The Archive for yourself or a friend.

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Rudy Adrian – Atmospheres

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Rudy Adrian – Atmospheres

Spotted Peccary Music – 2014

There is a real organic feel to Atmospheres.  The album is firmly rooted to the earth, which is not surprising when you read Rudy Adrian’s linear notes.  He says he created the music on this album to evoke the quiet open space that can still be found in south New Zealand.

The wide-openness of “Apple Tree Bay” projects a calming effect while listening to it.  There’s natural ambience that doesn’t feel forced or false.  It’s almost like Rudy Adrian tapped-in with nature to record its musical voice.

The title track “Atmospheres” is lush with dreamy atmosphere.

The composition rolls and gently splashes like waves in “Willow Bank.”

Many times with ambient music, the difference between songs can be so small that it takes a bit of focus to tell the difference.  Such is the case with “Blue Horizon.  This cue isn’t terribly different than “Willow Bank” but it does move slower drifting into the endless sky above.

Rudy Adrian takes us carefully “Through a Cave Into Another World.”  The musical notes gently push forward, exploring the subterranean structure that leads to an entirely different place on the other side.

“Amber Skies” is so peaceful and makes you feel so relaxed, that it could induce sleep.

“Beyond Silver River” is one of the two tracks Adrian dedicates to his father.  This one has a deep emotional heart and glows with a life-force of sorts.

The last track “Dreams of SubAntarctica” is a re-release from the 1990s and runs over 11-minutes.

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