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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Music Reviews

The Stars Are Right for A Very Scary Solstice

by Ken Newquist / December 22, 2009

Winter is here. The nights have grown long, and while they're broken by the beauty of annual Christmas and holiday light displayers, they merely hide a daker evil. Talk of Christmas stars and Hannauka lights gives way to memories of another set of stars ... those who lock away the Great Old Ones in their watery grave, and who's proper alignment could bring about the endtimes.

Thus we have A Very Scary Solstice, an album of holday music inspired by the insanity-inducing, reality-sundering (and yes, entirely fictional) Cthulhu Mythos, and giving the question "Do you hear what I hear?" an entirely new connotation.

Explore the Epic Soundscape of the Dungeons & Dragons Soundtrack

by Ken Newquist / February 15, 2004

For decades, Dungeons & Dragons players have cobbled together custom soundtracks for their games from diverse sources, including various movie soundtracks (Conan the Barbarian, Lord of the Rings), game music tracks (Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights) and even specialized albums (Midnight Syndicate, Toxic Bag Productions). But now they have an official soundtrack, one sanctioned by the Wizards of the Coast, and one that promises to bring cinematic sound to the gaming table.

It succeeds wonderfully.

A New Dawn Rises Over The Lord of the Rings

by Ken Newquist / February 5, 2004

At Dawn at Rivendell is filled with the music and poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, as performed by the Tolkien Ensemble.

This is the Denmark-based Tolkien Ensemble's third outing, and this time around they are aided in their endeavourer by Christopher Lee, who played the villainous Sauramon in the Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers movies (and allegedly will appear in the opening of the extended DVD edition of Return of the King).

Explore Alternate Realities of Sound with Sci-Fi in Hi-Fi

by Ken Newquist / September 29, 2003

All through my high school career and a good chunk of my college one, I spent a fair amount of time questing for the soundtrack to the movie 2010. I finally got it in my sophomore year (1992), when my girlfriend at the time found it for me in a CD store up in State College, PA.

Of course, I was ecstatic, and after a quick kiss I ran back to my dorm room, where I happily through it onto my CD player ... and was horrified by an opening track that had taken all that was good and proper about 2010's excellent cinematic overtures ... and combined them with disco.

The horror was near absolute. Had great Cthulhu appeared at that moment, his tentacles writhing, his eyes shining with celestial madness, I doubt the horror could have been any greater ... and I'm pretty sure I could have thrown the CD at him and even he would have fled screaming.

The Fellowship of the Ring Provides a Near-Perfect Gaming Soundtrack

by Ken Newquist / July 10, 2002

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in the Lord of the Ring's movie trilogy, provided gamers with what they've always wanted: a great, glorious movie capturing fantastic adventures on the big screen. It's offers a cinematic backdrop for all future dungeon crawls, helping to focus the mind's eye on exactly what a horde of orcs might look like ... or how rings of invisibility might work.

The soundtrack does the same for gamers' ears.