The Lord Of The Rings Symphony

The Houston Symphony Orchestra is touring the United States and Canada with a two-hour concert arrangement of Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition to the awesome Oscar-winning score, the symphony will feature storyboards corresponding to the action of the films, unique instruments (including “an Irish whistle, a Hardanger fiddle [the national instrument of Norway] and a cimbalom, a boxy dulcimer that sounds like a cross between a piano and a harp”), and some choral arrangements in Elvish and Orcish. I’ve never been to a classical concert before, but this sounds like it would be really cool…

“Willy Wonka” and “2112”

I’m sure most of you have heard of the supposed synchronicity between Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wizard Of Oz. If not, visit The Dark Side Of The Rainbow (or one of the many other pages devoted to this alleged phenomenon) for the full scoop.

Anyway, apparently someone else with way too much time on their hands has discovered another mind-blowing synchronicity: Rush’s 2112 with Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Check out this page for instructions on how to synch things up and things to look for. I don’t have a copy of 2112 or Willy Wonka to listen to/watch, so I’ll have to take the site’s word on this for now…

Reality TV Hits A New Low

In what can only be described as a horrible combination of American Idol and the movie Rock Star (great movie, by the way), CBS is set to air a Mark Burnett reality TV show in which musicians compete to become the new lead singer for INXS. After a “multicontinent search,” “the winner will embark on a worldwide concert tour with INXS and sing on the group’s next album.” This just blows. Michael Hutchence must be rolling over in his grave…

DVD Rewinder

I recently came across a product at Gizmodo that every consumer should own: the DVD Rewinder. Although it sounds like the previous generation of VHS tape rewinders, don’t be fooled:

Too many DVDs, and CDs and not enough time to rewind? Are your DVDs running a bit too slow? The DVD rewinder is the perfect solution! This rewinder has the exclusive Centriptal Velocity Spindle providing the world’s fastest DVD rewind!

I wonder how many people will actually fall for this… 😉