Everytime I look at a photo of Thomas and Guy, I think, “are they making faces underneath those helmets?” especially if the photo is really serious, like they have free range to do that. No one can see so it’s the perfect opportunity. This is what I constantly think about
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‘Giorgio by Moroder’ is a story told twice. [Analysis]
Today is Giorgio Moroder’s birthday. He was born on the 26th of April, 1940.
“… When I was fifteen, sixteen, when I really started to play the guitar, I definitely wanted to become a musician. It was almost impossible because the dream was so big; I didn’t see any chance because I was living in a little town, was studying…”
He grew up in Urtijëi/St. Ulrich, South Tyrol. In art, music and literature, the phrase ‘living in a little town’ tends to mean ‘living away from opportunities’ or ’being unable to make it big’. This was definitely the case for a while; but for him, it’s true in a literal sense, too. Urtijëi is a genuinely small town with less than five thousand inhabitants.
“And when I finally broke away from school and became a musician, I thought: ‘Well, now I may have a little bit of a chance.’ Because all I really wanted to do is music, and not only play music, but compose music.”
I’m writing this in 2015; he is seventy-five years old today. Thirty years ago was when he released his last album. He’s releasing another in a couple of months, and in the meantime has had countless collaborations, productions and only several different eras of disco/electronic music to be thankful for under his belt. He’s been a very busy man, to say the least.
“At that time, in Germany, in ‘69-'70, they had already discothèques. So I would take my car, would go to a discothèque and sing… maybe, thirty minutes. I think I had about seven, eight songs. I would partially sleep
in the car… because I didn’t want to drive home, and that helped me for about almost two years to survive in the beginning.”
This post isn’t so much a lesson on Giorgio Moroder, what his life was like, how his music was crafted, or even about Daft Punk in particular. It’s rather a collection of my thoughts as I listen and reflect: this song was chosen because it’s about Giorgio, it celebrates him in ways that beyond simply including him in a collaboration - he’s had a lot of that already. But ‘Giorgio by Moroder’ is more than that. He tells his own tale; DP retells it in a completely different dimension, and throughout the rest of Random Access Memories keeps on paying homage to it. Giorgio’s presence was melded into this song and that album - he’s everywhere but nowhere, unless one listens carefully.
I like that. Very meta. I guess I’ve heard people saying this song is boring too many times - one notable comment that I remember is that the second half is like ‘Kraftwerk with an old man rambling over Travis Barker on the drums’ - and that isn’t the case for me at all! I might as well explain my feelings and the rationale for why I think that (though I must state that I bring nothing new to the table), and I might as well do it today.
“I wanted to do an album with the sound of the '50s, the sound of the '60s, of the '70s and then have a sound of the future. And I said, ‘Wait a second…I know the synthesizer - why don’t I use the synthesizer, which is the sound of the future?’”
It’s a very playful song, for one. There are many callbacks to Giorgio’s own pieces and techniques - I would say that ‘Chase’ is a major influence in ‘Giorgio by Moroder’, and DP definitely are aware of (and have covered!) that song in live performances. Donna Summer’s ‘I Need Love’ is probably another re: the use of synth. There are some motifs that are started in his narration and carried on throughout the album, like this:
“And I didn’t have any idea what to do, but I knew I needed a click, so we put a click, on the twenty-four track…”
The moment when the metronome clicks were brought in, and when it transitioned out of them, was when I was sold on Random Access Memories proper.
It isn’t just a small wink-and-nod to what he said. Much later this exact
click rhythm, sped up a little, forms the backbone of ‘Doin’ It Right’.
“… which then was synched to the Moog Modular. I knew that could be a sound of the future - but I didn’t realise how much the impact would be.”
And neither did I realize, at first listen, how beautifully this would be demonstrated in one perfectly condensed nine-minute package.
“… My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me - Giorgio.”
I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with the Robron / Emmerdale fandom lately. It’s like I’m actually overwhelmed by how many talented people we have in this fandom (not necessarily in a bad way - it’s a good problem to have, really) - it’s like nothing I’ve ever really seen before.
My previous fandom was a lot smaller, and while there were many great people within it once upon a time, there weren’t many “voices”. There were probably only a handful of people who actually spoke about stuff (myself included), and everyone who did speak had pretty specific styles and voices and each of us seemed to have a role, which balanced things out. There was something for everyone, really, and the fact that there were so few of us who actually had things to say made it all so manageable, if that makes sense.
With this fandom it’s different. There are SO MANY people here, and so many who are just…..amazing. I don’t feel like there are any “big names”, or fandom “celebs” - I feel like there are too many amazingly talented people for those kinds of labels.
There are the people that make insane gifs and edits and artwork, there are the people that write beautiful fanfic and headcanons and meta and some wonderful freaks of nature who can do all of those things. There are those that theorise and can look back over episodes with such care and attention, there are those that speculate and are positive and level-headed and those who, even when having a total fangirl moment writing all in capital letters freaking the fuck out, can still write so wonderfully, can put a point across so beautifully, without even trying.
Whether it’s just a small text post with just one little paragraph (or even one sentence!) or a huge essay about Aaron or Robert or their relationship or the show in general, the level of talent displayed in this fandom literally blows my fucking mind.
It is a privilege to be a part of, but at the same time it makes me question my place here, it makes me feel like a drop in the ocean, it makes me a little insecure, because in my old fandom I was one of a few, my voice was loud because nobody was really shouting with me, but now I don’t really have a role, there are people far more talented than me, and sometimes I think of something to say but I see someone has said the same thing, albeit in a much briefer, purer, simpler yet wonderful way, or someone has said it with far more depth and beauty than I feel I could ever convey, and it makes me feel a little insignificant, which is hard when coming from a fandom where, for some time, I was considered quite significant.
And I know these are my own insecurities, my own paranoia, and it’s not a competition, and nobody has ever done anything to make me feel this way; if anything, people have been nothing but lovely, kind and encouraging towards me, people have been supportive or things I have written (actually, I have also been totally overwhelmed by how well-received some things I have written have been), and I feel like I’ve made some pretty great fandom-pals here, on all kinds of levels; I adore that one minute someone can be having a silly little “war” over a ship name, and the next they can be writing something serious and beautifully poetic, that we can all go from daft and fun and fangirly one minute to serious and mature essay-writers the next.
It’s amazing. I adore how versatile everyone is. I love how talented everyone is. Sometimes I can only sit back in awe, scroll through my dash and reblog the living crap out of all of these epic posts, whether they’re a funny little text/gif post or a mammoth essay about where a storyline is going, or a beautifully put together gif-set or an amazing piece of art.
Sometimes it actually BLOWS MY MIND. And as I said before, it’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced in any fandom I have ever been in.
I was on the fringes of the Robron/Emmerdale fandom from the very start, as I’ve been on tumblr since 2010 (I DON’T KNOW HOW EITHER) and would search #Emmerdale now and then to see if there was anything (answer: there was always literally nothing until Robron was born). It took a while for me to properly throw myself into the fandom myself and use my own voice; for so long I was just a reblogger, who contributed nothing of my own (and there is nothing wrong with that, fans/fandom members like that are just as valid) - I’m someone who has never liked to spread myself too thin and at the time I was clinging to my old fandom and still trying to make an effort within that, even though it was dying and I wasn’t particularly happy there, but I’m loyal to a fault and it took me a while to let go.
And honestly, falling deeply into this fandom, just becoming brave enough to use my voice and say what I wanted to say about characters and a show I have loved for more than a decade, was the best thing I have done in recent years. At first I felt out of place; all the fans seemed really new (which I thought was amazing but also a little intimidating) and I was genuinely insecure that people wouldn’t like me because I’d been around the show long before Robron (in hindsight I could see that was totally stupid of me to think that, but paranoia/insecurity is a fun thing lmao) but I was amazed at how quickly people welcomed me and even reached out to me and made an effort with me - and how there were plenty of older fans, just like me, too.
And it’s been quite some time now since I’ve been in deep, and I feel like I know so many of you even though not all of us have spoken about too much outside of our amazing show and ship.
What I’m trying to say is, you’re all fucking amazing, and I appreciate every one of you. Whether you’ve been watching the show for 48248 years or 3 months, you’re fucking awesome.
I get overwhelmed because I want to follow everyone, but I’ve always been scared of following too many people and then missing stuff because my dash is too busy. I’ve been on tumblr almost 7 years and I still only follow 394 people (and tbh, I reckon at least a hundred of those are since the Robron fandom was born) - and yet every day it seems like a new name pops up, having written something amazing, and I’m like “where did you spring from?!”, and I have to give them a follow, and it’s like…..WOW.
I could tag a whole bunch of people who I find ridiculously amazingly talented but I’d be here all fucking day, and I couldn’t possibly list everyone, and then I’d feel bad for everyone who I’d missed so….I won’t.
So as arse-kissy as this post might sound, I just want to say a giant THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to this fandom, on any scale, in any capacity….thank you. And thank you to those that follow me too; it makes me feel genuinely proud and I know it’s something I really need to hang on to when I’m feeling down on myself. All your kind words mean more to me than I could ever properly express and I need to hold onto that forever because sometimes I really, really need it.
So…..there were are. Keep doing what you’re all doing. Know that even if I give your post a reblog without saying anything too profound in response, whether in a reply or a message or even a tag (writing stuff in tags on reblogs to someone’s post is so important!!), just know it’s because I’m probably just feeling overwhelmed by how fucking awesome I think you are.
I have no idea where this has come from really, apart from this is just how I’ve been feeling lately, but in a nutshell….I love you. I love all of you. Even if I haven’t agreed with everything you’ve said, I still probably love you. I respect all of you. I’m overwhelmed and intimidated by all of your talents. Thank you for being amazing. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING. Keep this fandom the best fucking fandom I’ve ever been in. Keep spreading the love and the positivity and the excitement, because by god, the next month or so of life in this fandom is going to be WILD and I’m so happy to be here going on this ride with you.
As always with my long posts; if you get to the end, thank you. This only makes me love you all the more.
We are not sure if we would win the battle [against a giant monster attacking our homes], but if it’s a bad monster that is not only attacking our homes but the entire village, we would tell all the people of the city to unite against him.
Daft Punk, “An Interview With Daft Punk”, Cartoon Network: TOONAMI REACTOR, date and author unknown.
Kids On The Battlefield → legacies, new kids on the block, and alternate universes, a mix for the next generation of super heroes
1. Teenagers - My Chemical Romance 2. Scared, But Not That Scared - 1, 2, 33. Downtown - Kids of 88 4. My Turn - Basement Jaxx 5. Saturday Night - Noisettes6. Sunglasses N Vodka - Avicii7. Exodus - M.I.A.8. If I Was God - Natalia Kills 9. Let It Out - Miho Fukuhara10. In Spirit Golden - I Blame Coco11. Be Still - The Killers 12. We All Try - Frank Ocean13. The Prime Time Of Your Life - Daft Punk14. Supreme - Angel Haze15. Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes - Cassius16. Airbending - Le1f17. Own It - Black Eyed Peas18. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People 19. Not Giving In - Rudimental20. Dearly Beloved (Radiant Remix) - Yoko Shimomura21. Fear - OneRepublic22. I Was Here - Beyonce23. It’s On Again - Alicia Keys 24. Go Big or Go Extinct - Ramin Djawadi 25. The Kids From Yesterday - My Chemical Romance
1) Buffy vs Dracula might not make it into any “best of BTVS” lists, but it’s a fun episode and it works as a season opener: it sets up some of the narrative that will drive this season (Buffy’s search for her identity as a slayer, Giles struggle to reconcile his personal needs with his desire to continue mentoring Buffy, Riley’s insecurities and feelings of inadequacy) and of course it ends with - dare I say - one of the best cliffhangers to have ever cliffhanged (that’s a word I’ve made up.) But more on that later.
2) I really love the opening scene in this episode. Buffy wakes up with an itch only a good slaying can scratch. So slaying she goes. Or shall we say hunting? And then she’s finally able to fall asleep. There’s no dialogue, but it very nicely sums up what Buffy is about. It’s also a nice reminder of how far she’s come since Welcome to the Hellmouth. Slayerness had always been a burden for Buffy, something she wanted to get away from but always felt she was pulled back into. In a lot of ways, it would always be a burden. But it’s also a part of her identity. She’s starting to embrace her slayerness, and it’s beautiful.
3) My favorite Riley scene, tbh.
4) So Willow started a fire with magic and created a storm… Hm, I wonder what’s the subliminal message regarding the consequences of her use of magic…
5) I love Giles’s die-hard hatred towards technology.
Obstinate bloody machine simply refused to work for me.
6) And then this moment…
GILES: That’s what I’m trying to do, actually, is, um, get a life. (…)
You see, I’m, I’m going back to England. (…)
Well, it’s become quite obvious that Buffy doesn’t need me. I don’t say that in a self-pitying way, I’m quite proud, actually.
He’s genuinely sincere when he says he’s proud of the fact Buffy doesn’t need him anymore. I think, however, the reason he so quickly agreed to Buffy’s request later on is because, regardless of how proud he was of her, he desperately wanted to feel needed and validated. He’d been a watcher for a long time and now that he hadn’t been one in quite a while, he no longer knew who he was or what he was supposed to do with his life. I think the thought of moving on frightened him because his future was so uncertain. Again, it’s a question of identity. (I know, I know, I’m always talking about this.) Falling back into the role of watcher was easy, comfortable, something he knew he was good at and something that gave meaning to his life. Buffy basically gave him an easy way out. But it just meant he was just postponing the inevitable…
7) This is the scene @etraytin mentioned when someone asked me whether the end of the episode was the moment when the monk’s spell kicked in. Buffy and Joyce are clearly having dinner alone - the table is set for two.
More importantly, there’s this line which clearly proves Dawn wasn’t anywhere around yet…
JOYCE: You know, I’m gonna have to get used to this place without you again. It gets so quiet.
If the spell had already been already working, Joyce wouldn’t have been worried about the house getting quiet without Buffy (we know Dawn was quite loud at the beginning…)
8) So, when Dracula showed himself and said “Such power”, this is all I could think about…
THANK YOU TUMBLR. YOU’VE RUINED ME.
A question for science: who would you have liked to play Dracula instead of this dude? (who apparently made a Dracula movie the same year he was on Buffy…) He wasn’t that bad, but he wasn’t great. And if you’re going to have Dracula show up in a vampire show, he’d better be great. (On that note, I’m really glad Freddie didn’t end up playing Dracula on this episode. I truly think he couldn’t have pulled it of…)
I wanted to make this for all the new people as a little tutorial on how our fandom is!
Don’t reblog Paparazzi photos. If you see them please Blur the faces or ignore the altogether. I know it can be hard because you love Daft Punk so much but please resist. They do not want celebrity status so don’t support Papz pics
you see this turd. His name is Daft world he is sick and please don’t associate with him. He has done many awful things that hurt this fandom.
Don’t be mean to Play Pauls (guys brother) you can friend him on Facebook but for the love of god don’t ask him about his brother. Paul is a musician too so please respect that. He’s not just Guy’s Bro he’s a cool dude all by himself
Don’t claim you’re a better fan because you “know more” about Daft Punk. We are all fans regardless of how long we’ve been here, how much merch we own, or how much about them we know. We are one big family and don’t ruin that by being a snob
You can slash Daft Punk if you want. But don’t insist that they are an actual couple. They are Both married and Have children. They have claimed that they think shipping is ‘fun’ so it’s okay. But please for the love of god do not claim they are a couple.
Feel free to explore new music in the EDM fandom. Daft Punk is amazing but their is a whole world and community for you to explore!!
Welcome all new fans with love and respect. We are all a family of Robot loving Dweebs. Come one come all and listen to Daft Punk. Everyone is really sweet and welcoming. A list of awesome people to follow is Here
Explore the Daft Punk fandom. We’ve been around for a while and there is a lot of history and information Behind us, All of us are willing to answer questions so don’t feel ashamed at all. It’s really fun to learn more about possibly the most secretive Duo in history.
Hey Daft Punk is a band so make a point to try to listen to their music! I know this sounds obvious, but they have a lot and RAM is just the most recent one. They have a whole Portfolio of great music that ages like fine wine. It never gets old. So please enjoy
If you can please do make art. Lots of artists are in this fandom, and we love to reblog all the Daft Punk Arts. Maybe it has something to do with the actual lack of real Daft Punk Pictures. But we Love it and will appreciate it like the mona lisa or something
Thank you so much to everyone who applied and spread the word about the zine. The enthusiasm from the first to the last day of the application period was so overwhelming. As of now, we have received 90 artist applications which is amazing! We cannot express how much we appreciate the response from so many talented artists. Due to the amount of applications, we will only be sending emails to accepted applicants. Artists will be notified on December 10th, so please be sure to check your emails if you applied! And please be sure to check out the blog for updates and periodic reminders. Again, thank you, and we can’t wait to go through all of these applications!